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By Rev. Glenda P. Murray-Kelly, (aka) g paris
Special To The New Journal and Guide
Growing up in Chesapeake, Virginia and graduating from Oscar F. Smith High School in 1985, was quite challenging for Randolph L. Copeland. He is affectionately known as Randy or Walkie by his high school classmates. Coming from a family background of people who cherished and adored the arts and science was very interesting and challenging. Being the nephew to a mathematician and professor at Norfolk State University, and the son to a mathematician in the Chesapeake Public School System had its advantages and disadvantages. One of those advantages was having a first-hand tutor who was always available to teach. Yet, on the other hand, the tutors expected superior performance. Fortunately, Randolph excelled academically.