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34 students reach perfection
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-In the world of sports, there have been several great athletes who have worn the number 34. In football, there was Walter “Sweetness” Payton of the Chicago Bears, Earl Campbell of the Houston Oilers, Hershel Walker from the University of Georgia, Thurman Thomas of the Buffalo Bills and the great Bo Jackson from Auburn University.
On the basketball court, we can’t forget Sir Charles Barkley aka “The Round Mound of Rebound”, Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, and Shaquielle O’Neal, whom all adorn the number on their jersey along with the Celtics Paul Pierce and Xavier McDaniels. But, unfortunately, the number 34 will forever be connected to the University of Maryland’s Len Bias, the No.1 overall pick of the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft, who tragically died on June 19, 1986.
Despite the number 34′s infamous connection to sports figures, numerologically, the number 34 is 3+4=7, which means philosopher, sage, wisdom seeker, inventor, deep-thinker, introspective, spiritual, ususal, hidden, and seeking perfection.
This numerological definition of the number 34 proved itself to be true after 34 African American students from the Oakland Unified School District were awarded and recognized by OUSD’s Office of African-American Male Achievement in October for achieving perfect scores on the math and science portions of their California Standarized or STAR test, in which 15 of those 34 students were girls.
The STAR Program includes four tests: the California Standards Tests, the California Modified Assessment, the California Alternate Performance Assessment, and the Standards-based Tests in Spanish, which are designed to look at how well schools and students are performing in math, reading, writing, science and history. The tests are administrated each spring for students in grades two through eleven.
Therefore, we, at blackathlete.com would like to celebrate and recognize these beautiful and brilliant students who scored a perfect score on the STAR test. The 34 students are: Esther Akinsanya, Niaas Ali, Jalen Armbrester, Rahsan Armstrong Jr., Telvin Banks, Aichatou Diaw, Samuel Getachew, Makayla Harden, Cory Hayes, Vanessa Hjort, Ciara Jackson, Hailey Jones, Amanda King, Lucas Lenz, Mattias Lenz, Ayo Lewis, Dominic MacMillan, Morgan Mason, Sofia Matthews, Gabrielle Ricks, Courtney Roberts, Jakhi Roberts, Damauri Robinson, Samuel Senbeta, Meti Sima, Victoria Staples, Luseni Monya Tambi, Joel Taylor,Timothy Thomas, Micah Logan Jones, and Elise Bourelly.