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Graduates Cap Off Important Milestone

Four Students From Loisann's Hope House Set To Graduate This Week
Makaela and Na'Ciem, James Monroe High School graduates, pose for a photo outside of Loisann's Hope House.

It’s an exciting time of year for Makela and Na’Ciem. The James Monroe High School seniors are two of four residents of Loisann’s Hope House in Fredericksburg, VA who will walk the stage with the Class of 2024 this week.

Makela will attend Virginia State University in the fall to study psychology, and wasn’t shy in sharing what she’s looking forward to most.

“I’d say probably being more independent…and getting to the bag!” Makaela joked. She attended graduation ceremonies last year with a member of staff and is looking forward to returning as a participant.

Na’Ciem also has set himself lofty goals. He will study at Germanna Community College and plans on majoring in Biomedical Engineering, having already set his sights on giving back. When asked about his future, he looks forward to “giving somebody a chance to walk again by giving them a prosthetic leg.”

Graduation represents a significant milestone for both teens, and their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“These two have truly accomplished a lot. We’re truly proud,” reflects Executive Director Cait Woodward.

Makela and Na’Ciem will join their classmates for graduation ceremonies at University of Mary Washington’s Andersen Center this Thursday.

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