Charleston Lee. Courtesy photo
Charleston Lee. Courtesy photo

Augusta teen earns master’s degree

Charleston Lee, an Augusta native and Paine College graduate, has earned a master’s degree in data science from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.

Lee, 18, made Paine College history in November 2021 when at 16, she was the college’s youngest student government association president. She was one of its youngest-ever graduates in May 2022, according to a news release. She’s also the youngest to receive a master’s degree from Meharry’s School of Applied Computational Science.

Charleston’s strong spiritual upbringing keeps her grounded, the release said.

“II Corinthians 5:7, ‘for we walk by faith and not by sight,’ and Proverbs 31:26, ‘she opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue’ are two scriptures that helped me on this journey to completing my degree,” said. Lee. 

Her faith and determination are two qualities that she attributes to her educational pursuits, the release continued.

“Charleston has always been focused and determined, even as a young girl. She knew what she wanted, and she made sure she did all she could to accomplish her goals,” said her mother, Kimberly Baxter-Lee.

Meharry Medical College’s commencement ceremony is May 18.

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