Featuring Challenge the Wind Graduates
Dwight Ellis Jr.
In 2016 Dwight participated in Challenge the Wind as a beginner. Later in the fall he joined his school's sailing team at Detroit Country Day School. "Because of his experience with Challenge the Wind he was able to enter Country Day's program with confidence." said Dwight's grandmother. She added "He was welcomed by the upper school students and was the only middle school student on the team."
Below is a picture of Dwight as crew and his captain, in red cap, after competing in his first school regatta held at the Pontiac Yacht Club in October 2016.
In 2016 Selena participated in her second year with Challenge the Wind and earned her US Sailing Certification. Later in the summer while vacationing up north, Selena convinced her mom to go out for a sail. Selena's brave mom sent us an amazing video of their mother daughter adventure. The video will definitely have you smiling as mom narrates the action with Selena behind her at the helm. You can see the video at the Challenge the Wind Facebook page.
With Selena's enthusiasm, courage and skills, I can see her instructing others to sail in a few years.
Christian, a 2013 graduate of Challenge the Wind, is finishing up his Junior year at North Carolina A&T.
Christian has been named a Thurgood Marshall - Apple HBCU Scholar in recognition of his academic achievements. Last month Christian participated in an Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California. This summer he will intern with Apple in California as well as receive on-going coaching and guidance from an experienced Apple employee.
It is also worth mentioning that during his 2013 CTW experience, Christian volunteered, before and after the class, with the daily prep, helping to accomplish his National Honor Student volunteer requirements. We got to know Christian better while sailing together and look forward to hearing about his future accomplishments.