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Statesman Scholar Treyvian Hall

When Treyvion Hall accepts his associate degree at Richard Bland College’s Commencement Ceremony on May 11, the 17-year-old will reach a major academic milestone as a first-generation college graduate.

On June 9, Hall will earn another milestone. The Petersburg High School student will receive his high school diploma. Hall is part of RBC’s Middle College Program that enables him to earn his high school advanced diploma and his associate degree at the same time.

The Middle College Program is a partnership between RBC and Petersburg City Public Schools. High school juniors who qualify for college-level math and English courses, and are selected by administrators at Petersburg High School are eligible to start their college journey at RBC. Hall learned of the program from his guidance counselor, saying he “wanted to get a head start on his college academics by getting a strong foundation at RBC.”

At PHS, Hall completed his coursework with a 3.9 weighted GPA and was inducted into the National Honor Society. As a Statesman Scholar at RBC, he has excelled in psychology, biology, chemistry, pre-calculus, algebra, and statistics.

“It’s been a lot of late nights and early mornings,” Hall explains about how he balances his college and high school commitments. “Being in the program has helped build my character and made me a more focused student.”

On any given day, Hall leaves the Richard Bland campus and rushes to PHS athletic fields for practice. The star athlete is currently the captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams and serves as president of the PHS Athletic Leadership Council. If that hectic schedule isn’t enough to fill his days, Hall has a part-time job with Petersburg Parks and Leisure Service where he is a staff member and lifeguard.

He says succeeding with his busy schedule has been possible because of the supportive environment he’s received at RBC.

“I love RBC and the experiences on campus have been great,” Hall says. “Because of smaller class sizes, RBC students get one-on-one time with professors. My first year at RBC was stressful balancing class, homework, sports practices and games. I relied on my professors for a lot of support and advice. They did a great job of calming me down and helping me focus and prioritize.”

Hall, the second of five children raised by a single mother, praises his mother for instilling a sense of responsibility in him at such a young age.

“She is a great role model,” Hall remarks. “She works really hard and has fostered a home full of good morals and values.”

Of his three younger siblings, Hall says, “I try to be the best role model I can be for them. Even though I am busy, I try to spend as much time with them as I can.”

With his high school and RBC educations ending, Hall is now focused on what is next. He will major in agriculture at Virginia State University and play shortstop on the baseball team. He is still deciding whether he wants to pursue a career in agribusiness or food science.

Hall recommends his fellow PHS students look into RBC’s Middle College program. “I am so thankful for the experience,” he says. “A lot of students ask me if it’s hard. I say, ‘Yes, it’s hard, but it’s a great opportunity.’ To not do it is missing out. Graduating high school with an associate degree is big time.”

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