North Clayton High School senior Deja Shimone Fambro, from left, poses with her step-father, Ronald Walker, and mother, Regina Nelson-Fambro, after receiving a resolution in her honor on the floor of the state Senate last week. (Special Photo)
ATLANTA — Not many Georgia students get recognized on the floor of the Georgia Senate, but most students may not have a resume like the one that belongs to North Clayton High School senior Deja Fambro.
Fambro is active in several groups at North Clayton and has participated in study abroad programs. She has been studying flight since she was 15-years old and helped raise money to send classmates to see President Barack Obama’s first inauguration ceremony in 2009.
For those accomplishments, Fambro was recently recognized on the Senate floor by Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) and honored with a Senate resolution. The resolution was authored by Seay and its co-sponsors include fellow Clayton County-based Sen. Gail Davenport (D-Jonesboro).
“It is an honor to recognize one of Clayton County’s finest,” said Seay. “We’re talking about Ms. Deja Fambro, who is a student at North Clayton High School … What we have in Deja is academia achievement.”
Among the achievements of Fambro’s that were highlighted in the Senate resolution were her aviation-related activities. Seay said Fambro is an example of work done in schools every day to help children reach their potential.
“Don’t you agree with me that she is one of Clayton County’s finest, who is accomplishing so much in leadership and keeping her academics first,” said Seay. “That’s what we try to instill in all of our students and she has exemplified what we are attempting to do.”
According to the Senate resolution, Fambro is planning on attending Middle Georgia State College in Macon and getting a degree in aviation management with a concentration in flight.
“She hopes to enter the United States Air Force as an officer, so she can be the first African-American female to pilot Air Force One,” the resolution states.
In preparation for her collegiate studies, Fambro has participated in several aviation-related activities, said Seay. Among them are the flight classes she takes at the Aviation Career Enrichment Academy in Atlanta, her participation in the 2010-2011 Delta Dream Flight program and her representation of Delta Air Lines at the 83rd Annual American Association of Airport Executives Convention.
After Seay finished introducing her, Fambro took to the podium on the Senate floor and told legislators that she was thankful for the support she’s received from family, friends and educators over the years. As she spoke, she referenced an old African proverb.
Her parents, sister, classmates and several North Clayton teachers joined her in the Senate chambers for the presentation of the resolution.
“I would basically like to say thank you for this honor and this privilege,” Fambro told the Senators. “I feel like it takes a village to raise me and everyone here today are the people who helped make me what I am today.”
Other achievements of Fambro’s that were outlined in the resolution include:
• Her involvement in North Clayton’s Distributive Education Clubs of America, Future Business Leaders of America, the morning broadcasting team, Ladies of F.I.R.E., National Art Honors Society, Green Team and co-op work study program.
• Her participation in the Morehouse Talent Search.
• Her work as a teacher aide and front office aide at North Clayton High School.
• Her efforts to help raise $30,000 to send classmates and parents from North Clayton Middle School to see Obama sworn in for his first term as president.
• Her nomination to participate in the Maynard Jackson Youth Leadership Foundation.
• Her representation of the city of Atlanta in a study abroad student ambassador trip to Barcelona, Madrid and France in 2013.
“The members of this body heartily commend Deja Shimone Fambro’s spectacular scholastic endeavors, recognize her for being an honor student and student activist and express the most sincere best wishes for continued academic success in the future,” the resolution states.