DWSA Acting Major Earns Scholarships

MOUNT VERNON – Rojae Denton, a senior acting major at Denzel Washington School of the Arts, has excelled academically during his time at high school, which has been marked by his constant involvement in the school’s culture. Rojae is the 2024 class president and entered this school year with a 4.0 GPA.

“At school, I try to be very involved when it comes to planning fundraisers and events,” said Rojae. “Whenever we do school plays, I always try to get a role and just be super involved when it comes to anything school-wise.”

Rojae has contributed to the fundraising, yearbook and prom committees while at DWSA. He also formed a powerlifting team with his lifting coach to participate in competitions. He also works after school at Michael’s.

He is often involved in the shows at DWSA and was the host of the Winter Carnival show. He has acted in Lion King, The Wiz and Soldier’s Play. He has also had a significant role in acting showcase nights in the past four years.

Rojae took Advanced Placement (AP) classes each year of high school. This year he is taking AP Calculus, AP Environmental Science, AP Government, and AP English Language Arts and Composition. He wants to major in computer science, his favorite course right now is AP Calculus. Due to taking a total of eight AP courses, he will already have a substantial amount of college credits when he begins in the fall.

Rojae’s dream school is the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has already toured their campus and met with professors about their computer science program. They also have a powerlifting team that he would like to be the captain of one day.

He has already been accepted into the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego with a full ride scholarship. He also was accepted and received scholarships to Pace University and the University at Albany – SUNY.

Rojae plans to become a computer programmer after college.

“I’ll never forget, the summer of eighth grade, I got to tour the Google Campus in Manhattan, and I just fell in love with it,” said Rojae. “Ever since then, I knew I had a love for math and a love for technology. Computer science is a mix of both worlds, so why wouldn’t I do that.”

Last summer, he received a scholarship to Vertis AI, an artificial intelligence coding bootcamp. For his final project, he created a sum of data for Zillow and analyzed it with AI to predict home values.

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