Marquél Jeffries

Buffalo Prep Class of 2011

Marquél Jeffries, a proud representative of the Buffalo Prep class of 2011, graduated from
St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 2015. After obtaining his high school diploma, he attended SUNY Oswego to pursue a bachelors degree in broadcasting/mass communications, which he received
in May 2019. Of all the positions he held during his time at SUNY Oswego, the most impactful one was being the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the student government. This position allowed him to be a prominent voice for underrepresented students and to work with administrators on initiatives to promote a more welcoming community on campus and within the city of Oswego.

Since graduating college, Marquél has spent time traveling, enjoying quality time with loved ones, and working on music. During the month of September, he began touring with Griselda Records, a Buffalo-bred rap group who recently signed a management deal with Roc Nation. Some of the cities on the tour include Miami, Atlanta, and Dallas. After the tour concludes, he plans on relocating to Nashville to put his degree to use while maintaining his music career.

He advises “the rising kings and queens of Buffalo Prep: follow your heart, keep faith, and remain true to your morals. Never allow anyone to sway you away from the path that’s designated for you. It’ll all work out!”

Monica Manney

Buffalo Prep Class of 2010

Monica Manney is a 2010 graduate of Buffalo Prep. Following her time at Buffalo Prep, she
attended the Nichols School and SUNY Fredonia. At Fredonia, she majored in journalism with minors in sociology and Applied Research in Civil Rights. Monica is the recipient of Fredonia’s highest academic honor, the Lanford Presidential Prize, presented to her at graduation.

While in school, Monica had the opportunity to intern with the Make-A Wish Foundation, Spectrum News Buffalo, WGRZ, Walt Disney World, Fredonia’s career development office and The Student Wellness Center. She also had the opportunity to attend the CBC-UNC fellowship in Raleigh, the North Carolina A&T fellowship in Charlotte, NBC University in Detroit, and the National Association of Black Journalists Conference Fellowship in Miami. Following graduation, she traveled to Atlanta to intern at CNN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade.

Her greatest accomplishment is publishing an article that drew the attention of former Fredonia
President Virginia Horvath.  Their partnership created FredFlo, an initiative that works to provide
sanitary products in women’s and all gender restrooms on campus.  In September 2019,
Monica accepted the Tim Russert Media Career award from the Buffalo Broadcaster’s Association.
The next step in her journey is working as a multimedia journalist in Syracuse.