Symposium 2019

Symposium 2019




Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Registration & Breakfast: 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Symposium: 8:30 am – 10:00 am



Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20068

Symposium spotlights Chavez Schools’ top seniors as they present their public policy thesis research and share ideas for solving some of the most pressing issues in our community and in our world.

In addition to our four seniors, we are delighted to have Mtoukfa Nguwenya, the Chief of Staff to DC City Councilmember Robert C. White, Jr., offer words of encouragement as our scholars begin their college careers. We also will hear from Dr. Kourtney Miller, the principal of Chavez's Parkside Campus who will share the vision of the future of Chavez, to be a top-tier high school in Ward 7.

We hope you can join us to celebrate what this school was uniquely founded to do: empower DC's young people to use public policy to create a more just, free and equal world!

For highlights from the 2018 Symposium, click here



Nori Clark
Topic: Impact of State and Federal Policies on Domestic Violence

Nori Clark is a graduating senior from the Capitol Hill High School campus. She served as the Mayor of the Student Government Association and was also the editor of the school yearbook. This coming fall, Nori will be attending North Carolina Central University as an education major. After college, she would like to pursue a teaching career, and after that, further her educational journey to later become a school principal.


Danyelle Duckett
Topic: Criminal Justice Reform for Non-Violent Cannabis Offenders

Danyelle Duckett has been interested in criminal justice reform all her life because she plans to become a civil rights attorney. For Danyelle, selecting her thesis topic was simple due to her own frustration with the inequity in America’s justice system. She is a member of the Chavez Varsity Cheerleading team and a general body member of the Student Government Association. Last summer she traveled to Zambia for social entrepreneurial service trip. Danyelle will major in political science with a minor in sociology at North Carolina Central University.


Kayla Legion
Topic: Gender Pay Gap

Kayla Legion is a leading senior at the Capitol Hill High School campus. After her life at Chavez Schools, she will be attending North Carolina Central University where she will be double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Kayla works very close with English teacher Ms. Payne as her "office assistant" to file, organize, and manage the senior class information and help plan events for the senior class.

Romeo Phillipe
Topic: Food Deserts

Romeo Philippe is passionate about solving the crisis of food deserts in the Washington, DC community. He first came up with his thesis idea during a think tank session with the organization Learn Serve, where he is a Learn Serve Fellow. As a resident of Ward 7, this issue became personal for him after he learned that Ward 7 has only two grocery stores while Ward 3 has nine. Each Ward has the approximate same number of residents despite the lack of access in Ward 7. Romeo is a member of Chavez’s Student Government Association.  Upon graduating, Romeo will attend the College of Wooster in Ohio and is undecided in his major.