Local Good News: Freedom Prep Academy student is first from her school to attend Ivy League college


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)  A local high school student is making history. She’s the first in her school’s history to be going to an ivy league school.

“My name is Carlicia Beam, and in the fall of 2019, I’ll be attending Dartmouth College.”

Carlicia Beam is the first high school senior in Freedom Prep Academy’s history to be accepted into an ivy league school. She’s also one of the first female athletes to receive a rugby scholarship in a public school in Memphis, according to a school spokesperson.

“I am just blessed to be in an organization that believes in black and brown students and continues to push them to be who it is they actually are,” says Freedom Prep’s Chief People Officer Sundiata Salaam.

For Memphis, many girls like me don’t get chances like this. We don’t go to an Ivy League. We don’t get an opportunity to get one of the best educations in the world, says Beam.

Beam grew up in Whitehaven and played rugby at Freedom Prep.

“We don’t want to leave this new family we created, but we have to in order to come back to the community and give back and inspire other people our ages,” says Beam.

And she’s hoping her success will inspire others.

“Hopefully, me, like announcing my college and where I’ll be going, will inspire other girls my age and younger, and probably older, to go after opportunities and not give up on themselves and strive for the best,” says Beam.

Beam plans on majoring in biology and chemistry. After that, she wants to go to med school.

Congratulations and good luck!

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