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"Always a Blue Streak" Alumni and History Spotlights

Share your story with our Blue Streak Family! The goal of our "Always a Blue Streak" spotlights are to recognize members of our alumni community who are doing great things that have been influenced by their time at Sandusky City Schools as well as highlight pieces of our history. New posts go live on Facebook every other Friday so check back often for updates!

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R'Mani Darden, Class of 2016

R'Mani Darden

Current Job Title and Employer
US Air Force Material Manager, Shaw AFB, South Carolina

Please explain your college/career/military path after graduating from SHS.
Since joining the Air Force in 2018 I have been stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. During my time here at Shaw, I‘ve deployed twice to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, and Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I have also had the opportunity of serving in the Honor Guard at both Shaw AFB and Al Udeid Air Base where I completed over 60 details honoring past and present members of the US Air Force. Currently, I work hand in hand with Air Force maintenance to supply F-16 fighter jets with the proper parts to fly and execute missions.

How did Sandusky City Schools prepare you for your future?
Sandusky City Schools prepared me for the future by giving me a template for real life with classes like Government & Economics taught by Mr. Nejedly.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment so far?
So far my greatest professional accomplishment has been organizing and leading the first official Juneteenth Celebration at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in 2021. As President of the African American Association, I along with my council and support in Qatar was able to get a weekend of events out together to celebrate the holiday after it had been declared a national holiday.

Please share your best SCS memory.
My most fond memories from SCS had to be biddy wrestling and playing football. My best friends for life were made while playing those sports and also the mentorship and leadership from Coach Jason Darden in wrestling and Coach Mike Franklin and company in football have gone a long way in my life as a young adult.

What staff member(s) influenced you most during your time at SCS?
Coach Keys, Mr. Nejedly, Mrs. Gant, Coach Irish, and the whole football coaching staff influenced me a lot. They were all people I felt I could talk to whenever in need and they inspired me to do great things in life.

Describe Sandusky City Schools in three words.
Intelligent, Trustworthy, Family.

What advice would you give seniors?
Take your time with deciding your future. It’s alright not to know what you want to do next or how exactly you’re going to do it. Patience is a virtue.

Why would you recommend Sandusky City Schools to potential families?
SCS is an environment where kids can grow and reach their full potential. There are plenty of opportunities that allow students to branch out and have access to great opportunities such as learning how to fly planes. It’s a great space for kids to get a look at who they want to be and can be.

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