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Kyra Patterson

Class of 2020

Kyra Patterson is a proud 2020 graduate of North Central High School. Although her graduating class wrapped up their time at North Central during the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Kyra feels lucky she was able to take full advantage of the opportunities available to her and leave knowing she made her mark on the Panther legacy.

 

During her time at North Central Kyra participated in the Natural Hair Club, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and AVID. She also served as Junior Class Council Secretary and Senior Class Council Vice President, as well as participating in the medical assistant program at JEL.

 

Kyra has a host of favorite memories from her time as a Panther, but her top three include:

  • Planning the Junior Spec acts as Junior Class Secretary
  • Working with contractors and venues to plan Junior Prom
  • Organizing the Senior Blood Drive

Kyra is thankful for her time at North Central and believes the academic rigor, time management skills, and a love of learning she acquired as a panther have helped prepare her for success in college and beyond.

 

This journey also inspired Kyra to help other students find a path to college. In 2020, Kyra started her own business, “A Quest Towards College,” where she serves as an educational consultant. Her services range from college essay construction to customized scholarship lists and one-on-one consultations. Kyra is currently a student at Howard University in Washington D. C., majoring in Political Science with a minor in sociology. She is on the Pre Law track and plans to attend law school upon graduation.

 


Adrianne Slash

Class of 2002

Adrianne Slash came from a small private school to North Central High School. She had her eyes set on North Central because of the depth of opportunities she could experience as a prospective Panther.  Adrienne says, “North Central was like the gateway to the rest of my life. Between playing volleyball, performing in show choir, or just having the opportunity to learn how to exist in such a large space. Coming from Orchard, North Central provided me with a huge window into the world and helped me learn how to coexist, grow, and thrive in a world filled with differences. I am forever grateful.”

 

After graduating from North Central in 2002, Adrianne went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. By day, she’s a Learning and Development professional in the healthcare industry, skilling up her company’s workforce and preparing them for career growth.

 

In the remainder of her time, Adrianne serves as a community resource by supporting a variety of local outreach efforts. She comes from a family of community servants and considers it an honor to serve others. Adrianne is the immediate past president of The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League and the chairwoman of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. She is a board member at Dress for Success, Indianapolis Urban League, and Visit Indy. In 2020, as her local leadership within Urban League came to a close, she began her service to the National Urban League as chairwoman of the Auxiliary Transition Committee, and as the volunteer chairwoman of the 2021 National Conference. Adrianne is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the Junior League of Indianapolis.

 

Over the course of her career, Adrianne has been committed to contributing to the legacy of Indianapolis and has done so by serving with the IPS Facilities Task Force, Marion County Judicial Selection Committee, 2013 Marion County Election Taskforce, a 2015 candidate for Indianapolis Marion County City Council, and various other initiatives. She uses this experience as an advising consultant to Black Onyx Management in the areas of youth and civic strategies.

 

In 2017 she was honored as a member of the IBJ Forty under 40 class and as a National Urban League Young Professionals Hero in the Movement. Adrianne is a past Exchange Leadership Fellow, Indianapolis Foundation Fellow, and in December 2021 will complete her year as a Tobias Leadership Fellow.

 

Adrianne is the recipient of many accolades for her visionary contributions to name a few she is one of United Way’s 100 Heroes, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (Indianapolis Chapter) 2018 Breakthrough Women in Public Policy, the 2019 National Urban League Young Professionals National President of the Year and The Orchard School’s 2021 Distinguished Alumnus.

 

As a woman of many hats, Adrienne shared, “North Central really prepared me for that! I work in a full-time capacity at Community Health Network as a Sr. Instructional Designer in the Learning and Development Department, while serving in various leadership capacities as a volunteer or consultant.”

 

Outside of her work and service, Adrianne is the proud dog mom to two fur children.  She still has strong ties to the Washington Township community as a resident and with some of her youngest family members attending Washington Township Schools. We are Panther Proud of all your accomplishments, Adrienne!

 


Virginia Warner

Class of 2012

Virginia Warner has been keeping busy since graduating from North Central High School in 2012. Her career in television has brought her to Atlanta, Georgia where she is currently producing Court TV’s prime-time show Closing Arguments With Vinnie Politan. The nightly live program covers the country’s biggest criminal trials, true crime stories, and legal news.

 

After high school, Virginia attended Indiana University in Bloomington where she studied film and television production.  During college, she gained some great experience working for the college television station WTIU and making videos for the Office of Admissions between classes. Virginia had the opportunity to participate in a summer abroad program in Europe focused on French and Czech film. And she spent a summer semester at New York University learning about media production and film. In 2016, Virginia graduated from IU with double majors in Telecommunications and Communications and Culture and a minor in Informatics.

 

With those degrees under her belt, Virginia moved back to Indianapolis and began an internship at WFYI, and eventually began working for the station freelance. And after a year back home, she moved to New York City and landed a job as a producer at the Law & Crime Network. Eventually, Virginia moved on to WNET – New York Public Media where she produced on-air promotions for the stations in New York, New Jersey, and Long Island. When Virginia heard Court TV was relaunching she submitted my application, got an offer, and made her way to Atlanta!

 

Virginia felt incredibly prepared for life after North Central.  She says, “The classes and programs I participated in at North Central, like theater and speech team, helped me build a foundation for skills I use every day, including writing, communication, and public speaking. Additionally, the time I spent on the Junior and Senior class council has stayed with me. Being part of a leadership group at a school as large as North Central prepared me (in the training-wheel stages) to work on a team, execute big ideas, and the importance of respect and accountability.”

 

One of the biggest impacts on her were the relationships she formed with her classmates.  She shared, “But of all the things I’ve taken from North Central- the most valuable have been my friendships. I have been able to stay close to the friends I made in high school and though we are spread out across the country, we have managed to stay in touch and see each other when we can.”

 

Outside of work you can find Virginia running, listening to podcasts, trying new recipes, and visiting family back home in Indy every chance she gets the chance.  Virginia is a 2012 reunion host and is excited to plan her 10-year reunion!

 


Omar Khan

Class of 2001

Omar Khan was born and raised in Washington Township Schools. His journey began at Crooked Creek Elementary School then he went onto Westlane and graduated from North Central High School in 2001.

 

During his time at North Central, Omar was involved with Class Council and was vice president of his senior class.  He was part of the homecoming court and actively involved in Key Club.  One of Omar’s fondest memories of North Central was the incredible opportunities available to students.  He credits his success to the leadership experiences he was able to participate in. He shared, “If I can be vice president of my senior class at one of the largest high schools in the state of Indiana, what else can I accomplish? What else can I lead?”

 

North Central gave him confidence that would serve him well even after graduation. Omar graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in business.  He earned his MBA from Indiana University and went on to work at PNC Bank, Target, Lowe’s, and ADP. All of those roles ranged from Human Resources, operations, business consulting, and change management.  He shared, “North Central made me think that maybe I have potential in leadership and as I began my career, I just kept raising my hand to take on new challenges and experiences.”

 

His latest endeavor includes taking over his family business as President of Weston Schools.  The Khan family began this business in 1989 when Omar’s mother did not feel there were adequate early childhood centers in the area, so she opened her own center!  The business began with just two locations and over the years have expanded to 5 locations including 1 on the northwest side of Indianapolis, one in Avon, two in Noblesville, and one opening up this year in Westfield.  They are not stopping and hope to open additional early childhood centers in the future.

 

Outside of his growing and expanding his early childhood center business, Omar lives in the Indianapolis area with his wife and daughter.  He is actively involved with the entrepreneur’s organization and hopes to help young entrepreneurs get started in their journey. He has a heart and passion for giving back to the community which gave him so much opportunity.

 

Congratulations to Omar on becoming President of the Weston Schools! We can’t wait to see all you will accomplish!

 


Courtney O’Brien Snow

Class of 2004

Courtney O’Brien Snow became a Panther her sophomore year after presenting a strong case to her parents to send her to North Central.  Coming from a small private school, Courtney had her eyes on North Central for some time and finally convinced her parents to enroll her. Courtney was attracted to the long history of outstanding academics and the diversity North Central offered. While at North Central, Courtney was involved in Latin Club and National Honor Society.  She took advantage of the long list of honors and AP classes North Central offered as well.

 

After graduating in 2004 with an Indiana Academics Honors Diploma, Courtney went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Indiana Wesleyan University.  She graduated with distinction earning a 4.0 with her MBA from Keller Graduate School.

 

Since graduating from North Central Courtney has held several positions ranging from Human Resources and Talent Development.  She currently works at the Cinfed Credit Union in Cincinnati as a financial coach.

 

Courtney is also a business owner! She owns the Mom Collective in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio as well as one in Louisville, Kentucky. The Mom Collective is a national company and Courtney is the first to own and run three Mom Collectives.  The Mom collective is all about providing community and resources for moms.

 

Courtney shared, “I am grateful for the privilege to attend North Central High School. I had opportunities to explore my passions that including the arts, Latin, and creative writing.  I got to learn in a judgment-free environment and got to experience the diversity that represents the real-world experience. When I left North Central, I felt empowered that I could do anything and go into the world to be me.”

 

Purpose-driven work is what inspires Courtney to continue to make a difference at Cinfed Credit Union and through her in business, the Mom Collective.  Courtney lives in Cincinnati with her partner and daughter. They still have family in the Indianapolis area and visit often.  In her free time, Courtney enjoys the theatre, museums, parks, and trying new foods.