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Participate 2 Graduate honors scholars
The second annual Participate “2” Graduate Lincoln Public Schools African-American Scholars of the Year were honored Monday, April 23, on the campus of Bryan-LGH College of Health Sciences. A near capacity room filled with scholars, families, LPS staff, administrators and district representation enjoyed an experience that celebrated the strengths, accomplishments, and achievements of elementary, middle, high school and graduating LPS African-American scholars.
Scholar of the year recipients were identified and nominated by LPS Youth Development Team Student Advocates for the African-American Community, District Transition Specialist, Youth Development Coordinator, and various teachers, counselors, and staff. Scholars of the year were recognized during the evening with the reading of their nomination which included student strengths, challenges faced or overcome, and hope and potential the scholar shows for future success.
2011-2012 Scholars of the Year and Honorable Mention honorees are: Elementary schools: Nasir Keak, fourth grade, Meadow Lane; Azcia’ Fleming, fourth grade, Arnold; Gregg Rountree, fourth grade, Norwood Park.
Middle school: Gavin Backer, sixth grade, Schoo; Khea Demery, seventh grade, Lefler; Adren E. Strozier, eighth grade, Park.
High school underclassmen: Darius Brown, freshman, North Star; Keyara Taylor, junior, Arts & Humanities Focus Program/Lincoln High; Lindsey Williams, freshman, East; C.J. Ways, sophomore, Lincoln Southwest.
Graduating seniors: Traylla Carr, Southeast; Alexis Stephens, Bryan Community Focus Program; Mach Zakaria, Northeast.
Honorable Mention: Belmont TRACKS Leadership/Empowerment Group, Dawes Empowerment Group, Goodrich Empowerment Group, Josh Woods, sixth grade, Goodrich Middle School; Chris Ziboh, seventh grade, Pound Middle School; Jaden Jilg-Brown, freshman, Lincoln High School; Jaida Jackson, freshman, Lincoln East High School; Jai Cadwell, freshman, Lincoln North Star High School; DeAngelo Young-Baker, freshman, Lincoln Southeast High School; Deja Howard, sophomore, Lincoln High; Joshua Cathey, sophomore, North Star; Israel Holmes, sophomore, Northeast; Elliott Eicher, sophomore, North Star; William Mosby, junior, Lincoln High; Malika Wilson, junior, East; Thiep Arou, senior, Lincoln Southwest High School; Dupree Jones-Prentice, senior, Bryan; Aman Majok, senior, Lincoln High; Davonte Webster, senior, Lincoln High; Donnsha Hollis, senior, Lincoln Northeast High School.
The Participate “2” Graduate and African-American Scholar of the Year Celebration is a culturally responsive LPS Youth Development Team initiative that fosters an empowering environment celebrating minority achievement, and their contribution to the district and community. This experience was made possible and supported by Lincoln Public Schools Federal Programs, Youth Development Team, Tri-Mentoring Partnership, High School Graduation Initiative, Multicultural Office, Clyde Malone Community Center, Teach a Kid to Fish and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Rally and March.
Dinner preceded the evening program overseen by Master of Ceremonies Jarell Roach, an LPS alumni, current teacher with the Nebraska Air National Guard, and co-founder of The L.O.U. Project-comedy group, and He That Has an Ear, public presentations.
“I feel honored to be part of this experience. The event was a blessing to those students and their families along with those responsible for making this happen; all involved are truly outstanding individuals,” said Roach.
The evening highlights included a rousing inspirational rendition of singer Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” by Keyara Taylor, an evening honoree and junior at the Arts and Humanities Focus program. Northeast sophomore Shiquita Haggan’s spoken-word presentation of “Ego Trippin’ (There May Just Be A Reason Why),” drew an affirming call and response from young and old alike.
For additional information on this or the LPS Youth Development Team call 402.436.1974 or e-mail Peter Ferguson, LPS Youth Development Coordinator, email@example.com, William Bryant and Shanna Letcher, Student Advocates for the African-American Community, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or Irene Prince District Transition Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published: May 15, 2012
Updated: May 15, 2012