Washington, D.C.-On November 17, 2018 at Cramton Auditorium on the Campus of Howard University brothers came from near and from far to celebrate the founding of our Grand Fraternity. Inside the attendees were treated to an impactful and timely speech delivered by Alpha Omega Chapter's own Bro. Mark E. Jackson, Grand Keeper of Records & Seal. His message was themed , "Omega, In the Need of Help with the Expediency of Now!." Bro. Grand, emphasized we need to make a major change with our image and protect our brand. He asked each brother to reflect on what they're doing now to ensure the legacy of our great fraternity. He asked if the founders were alive today, would they find every brother in attendance worthy of selection? A powerful statement of self reflection for each and every brother to think about how they're living up to the principles and ideals the founders embodied. Bro Jackson challenged each brother look at themselves to see what they are doing to improve our image and protect the brand, He also highlighted we need to do more to increase our economic power and impact our communities more. He asked that we leverage the brotherhood to maximize our potential to generate wealth and leverage our position to get corporations to invest in us. Lastly, we should not be on the sidelines during times of injustice and upheaval, Getting on the front lines to uplift our people and stand in the gap against those who would oppress us politically and economically should be our number one charge. Upon conclusion of the message brothers in attendance from across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area rededicated themselves to our dear fraternity the Omega Psi Phi fraternity incorporated! It is this humble reporter's prayer that the stern message will bear fruit and carry the organization to new heights!
If you have never seen a group of dedicated, talented and mission driven individuals for community service in one room, at the same time… then you missed your chance at this year’s Achievement Week Banquet hosted by the Lambda Nu Chapter, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Lambda Nu is located in Franklin, VA and part of the Mighty Third District. This year’s receipts included:
Citizen of the Year – Judge Gammer Gray Poindexter. Judge Poindexter (Retired) was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. She finished #1 in her high school class at the age of 16 and went to Indiana University where she majored in Government to prepare herself for a life practicing law. She went on from Indiana University to Louisiana State University Law School, becoming one of the first two African American Women to obtain their Law degree. She worked in the Solicitor’s Office for the US Department of Labor in Washington, DC, Legal Aid programs in Louisiana and Virginia. She practiced law in Surry County in Virginia and was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for Surry, becoming the first African American elected prosecutor in the United States. She went on to serve as General District Court Judge for 6th District in Virginia, County Democratic Party Chair, practiced as a daring lawyer for those with no voice in the legal system and she fought for change in the social, political and economical arenas in rural Virginia. She did not stop there with almost 50 years of service in law, while also dedicating years of community service with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc (Past President); Old Dominion Bar Association (Past President); member of Board of Visitors, Old Dominion University; National Bar Association member; Surry County NAACP member; Surry County Democratic Party (Past Chairperson); and Petersburg, VA Chapter of Links, Inc.
Omega Man of the Year – Bro Cory Howell, Sr. Bro Howell is from Surry, VA and currently resides in Newport News, VA. He graduated from Norfolk State University where he marched with the NSU band and receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management Information Systems. He currently co-owns Green Leaf Logistics, LLC; marketing and branding manager for Rivertime Seafood; and a full-time entrepreneur. He was initiated through Lambda Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 2000 which began a sustained and continued service to the community. He has served as Vice Basileus, Keeper of Records and Seal, Chapter Reporter, Keeper of Peace, and chaired committees steaming from Technology, Talent Hunt, Achievement Week, Reclamation, and Culminating. He continues to be innovative in giving back to the community as well as helping to keep Omega’s light shining bright throughout the world.
Superior Service Award – Bro Maurice D. Smith Jr., PhD. Bro Dr. Smith Jr., was born in Petersburg, VA and attended Sussex Central High School. He graduated and attended Virginia State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture Business and Economics, followed by receiving his M.S. Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from Virginia Tech. His eagerness for advanced knowledge led him to Pennsylvania State University where he received the 3rd District Founders Memorial Scholarship for 3 years while earning his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Extension Education with research focusing on “Exploring African American High School Aged Males’ Perception of Agricultural-related Youth Programs in Urban Settings”. Dr. Smith Jr. currently teaches at Virginia State University in areas of Youth Development, Urban and Rural 4-H. and Agricultural and Extension Education, where he serves as Co-Advisor for VSU’s MANRRS chapter. He has served as 4-H extension agent, National level MANRRS Vice President, and Program Research Technician to the Associate Assistant Secretary for Cultural Transformation. He currently serves the community through Waverly Farmers, Sussex 4-H, Surry County office of Youth, and mentors African American males at Sussex Central High School. Dr. Smith Jr. was initiated through Lambda Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 2010 where he has served as Keeper of Records and Seal, Chapter Reporter, Co-Chairman of the Scholarship committee, Chairman for the Technology committee, and Co-Chairman for the Fundraising committee. His passion for reaching and teaching African American adolescence is shown daily through his commitment and unwavering focus on constantly finding new ways to effectively mentor and create change.
P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_VA_— _ November 18, 2018
Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Achievement Week 2018 was an enormous success. Brother Dr. David Marion, 41st Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity provided the keynote address at this year’s Achievement Week Banquet on November 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Woodbridge, Virginia. Dr. Marion’s speech focused on this year’s theme, “Omega Men: Effecting Positive Change in Communities Worldwide” and was well received by the audience. In addition to the traditional awards presented, the widows of chapter brothers who have joined Omega Chapter (deceased) were recognized. The chapter Basileus (President), Eddie A. Stephens, Jr. (Lambda Epsilon ’77), presented flowers to widows who attended the banquet, Mrs. Andrea Bryson (Bro. Gene Bryson, Nu Psi ’63) and Dr. Karyn Trader-Leigh (Bro. Major General, Ret. Fredric Leigh, Eta Gamma’60). Award recipients included, Bro. Dr. George M. Hampton (Mu Psi ’49, Founders Award); Bro. Major Ahmad Andrews (Lambda Epsilon ’95, Superior Service); Bro. Lieutenant Colonel, Ret. C. Victor Herbin, III (Lambda ’95, Colonel Charles Young); Ms. Muriel Garr, Senior VP, SunTrust Bank (Citizen of the Year) and Bro. Michael W. Frazier (Psi Alpha Alpha ’02, Omega Man of the Year). This year’s first place essay award scholarship recipient was Ms. Makala Crawford, Woodbridge Senior High School. She is the daughter of Bro. & Mrs. Michael Crawford (Pi Lambda Lambda,’05). The highlight of the evening was the presentation of Dr. George M. Hampton’s 70th year anniversary award presented jointly by the Grand Basileus, Third District Representative – Bro. Kevin Brown and PLL Basileus. The evening culminated with a banquet after party, “Old School Groove” hosted by the Pi Lambda Lambda Social Committee. According to this year’s Achievement Week Chairman, Bro. Jim Almond (Theta Rho ’88) “the Brothers of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity showed up and showed out at our 2018 Achievement Week Banquet and festivities all week.”
PLL kicked off 2018 Achievement Week honoring Veterans on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Washington, D.C., by providing lunch and conversations with the Veterans in the hospital. Brother George M. Parker (Tau Gamma Gamma ’91) was the event lead. We provided lunch for twenty Veterans with entertainment by DJs from radio station WKYS FM 93.9. Bro Parker read two poems dedicated to Veterans. The poems were well received, and the Veterans requested copies of them which we provided. Coins depicting each of the services were awarded each Veteran. This was the third year PLL provided lunch to Veterans at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in DC.
This was followed by a visit and social with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1503 in Dale City, Virginia on Monday, November 12, 2018. The post has the world largest membership - 3000 members. Brother Ron Blanch and Brother Dwight Rayford both became life members. They were both announced and approved at the event by Comrade Tim Brown, Quartermaster, VFW Post 1503. The brothers sponsored a free social hour with food and drinks, shook the veteran’s hands and said thank you for your service. Several Brothers have served and one in particular is Brother George M. Hampton, Mu Psi Chapter 1949. Brother Hampton served in the Korean War and has a school named after him in the Prince William County. Brother Hampton was in attendance at VFW Post 1503 where he has been a life member since 1969.
Other activities of the week included Social Action Committee, Reclamation & Retention Committee and Social Committee events. PLL distributed over 100 Turkeys to the Good News Community Kitchen, a hunger relief non-profit serving Northern Virginia and directly to the teachers and administrative staff at the George M. Hampton Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia. Hampton Middle School was named in honor of Brother Hampton, Mu Psi ‘49 in 2016. Hampton Middle is also a flagship campus for the PLL Omega U Fatherhood & Mentoring Program. Omega U is active in eight schools in Prince William County, Virginia serving 154 students.
The Reclamation & Retention Committee led by Brother Craig Turman, Sr. (Omicron Pi ’05) sponsored the Thursday Night Football event. This was a huge success with over 40 brothers fraternizing. The night was sponsored by the chapter and hosted at Buffalo Wild Wings in Woodbridge, Virginia. Brothers from throughout Northern Area II, Third District attended the event.
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Founder’s Day, the chapter sponsored a chartered motor coach to attend the Rededication Ceremony hosted by the Third District at Howard University. This annual event draws in excess of 1000 brothers from across the Fraternity, primarily chapters from the Second and Third Districts. The keynote speaker this year was Brother Mark Jackson, Grand Keeper of Records & Seal. Our own Bro. George M. Hampton was recognized as one of the oldest brothers in attendance at the rededication.
Finally, Pi Lambda Lambda finished our Achievement Week scheduled activities with church service on Sunday, November 18, 2018 by worshipping along with our families at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. The Basileus made special comments to the congregation and presented a gift to the church. After the service, the group shared lunch at a local Italian restaurant. Congratulations to Bro. Almond and the entire Achievement Week Committee for their outstanding service over the last year planning and executing this seminal event.
ACHIEVEMENT WEEK - is observed each November and is designed to recognize those individuals at the local and international levels who have contributed to community uplift. A High School Essay Contest is conducted in conjunction with Achievement Week based on a common theme established by the Fraternity.
Pi Lambda Lambda is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over more than 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide. Omega is the only Greek letter organization whose motto and guiding principles include the word Friendship.
Since the Chapter’s founding in Dumfries, VA, in January 2004, PLL has supported public and community events across the region, benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship and social action. PLL has previously been named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. International Chapter of the Year for three separate years since the Chapter’s founding. PLL is honored with this most prestigious honor bestowed by the fraternity.
Pi Lambda Lambda serves Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and Manassas Park in Virginia.
Washington, DC - The Brothers of the Kappa Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated the Fraternity’s founding anniversary on November 10, 2018 by honoring chapter Brothers and a local community servant during the annual Achievement Week Celebration.
Chapter award winners were as follows: Unsung Hero Award - Bro. Garrett James; Bridge Builder Award - Bro. Javin Rudolph III; William Montague Cobb Award - Bro. Derrick Thornton; Superior Service Award - Bro. Kevin Poplar; Founders' Award - Bro. Patrick Perry Sr.; and Omega Man of the Year Award - Bro. Kevin Poplar.
Kappa Psi’s Citizen of the Year Award was Ms. Mercedes Kirkland-Doyle, who also won the DC Area Chapter Citizen of the Year Award. Ms. Kirkland-Doyle
“It’s important to acknowledge the tremendous work the Brothers are doing as well as the local citizens of our community,” said Kevin Poplar, Kappa Psi Vice Basileus. “Their tireless efforts to the uplift our chapter and community on a local, regional and international level do not go unnoticed.”
All winners were recognized at the DC Area Chapters Achievement Week banquet on November 10th at the La Fontaine Bleue in Lanham, MD.
The Brothers of Kappa Psi thanks all of its Brothers for the dedication and hard work given during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. For more information on the activities of the Kappa Psi Chapter, please visit www.dcques.org.
Bro. Garrett James | 3-SP08-TLL
Editor to the Oracle: FY 2018-2019
Kappa Psi Chapter | LM #6184
Tau Rho Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc and its affiliate The Rappahannock Regional Scholarship and Uplift Foundation celebrated their 2018 Achievement Week Activities with three outstanding events; Their Achievement Week Banquet, The A.M. Banks Scholarship Fall Dance and The Student Academic Achievement Recognition Program. All three events are held annually. The banquet was on November 3rd, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm at the New Orleans Bistro, in Fredericksburg, Va. The A.M. Banks Scholarship Fall Dance was held later that night from 8pm to 12 midnight at The Fredericksburg Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge and The Student Academic Achievement Program was held later in the week on November 7th, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at the Old Walker-Grant School Board Office facility. Brother Meddie Brown, Tau Rho Chapter was the Committee chair and emcee for The Banquet and Student Awards program. Brother Melake Whyte II was the committee chair for the Fall Scholarship Dance. The key note address at the banquet was given by Brother, The Honorable Roderick C. Young, Federal Judge- Eastern District of VA. Tau Rho, Basileus Terry Lee presented a $500 Scholarship to Ms. Mikayla Smith of Caroline High School, winner of our 2018 Essay contest. In addition, Ms. Amber Blackett also of Caroline High School with a $100 2nd place award. The Achievement Awardees were: Bro. Pitman Rock, Superior Service Award, Bro. Thomas Parker Founders Awards, Bro. Johnny P. Johnson, Citizen of the Year Award. Brothers Parker and Johnson are Charter Members of Tau Rho 1964. The Omega Man of the Year awardee was Bro. Tracy Whitehurst. The A.M. Banks Scholarship Dance, co-hosted with our Foundation, The Rappahannock Regional Scholarship and Uplift Foundation, was very entertaining for all our Brothers and their guest. The dance raised almost $4000 towards our Annual Scholarship Funds. Finally, The Student Academic Achievement Program recognized over 80 Students from 18 different High schools in 5 counties within Tau Rho’s areas of responsibility who have maintained a 3.4 G.P.A or above. This event had over 150 parents, family members and friends in attendance.
Washington D.C.- On November 10, 2018, the District of Columbia, Chapters Achievement Week program was held at the La Fontaine Bleue, Koran Ballroom. This year's theme was "Omega Men, Effecting Positive Change In Communities Worldwide". On this cool fall afternoon, the ballroom was filled with brothers from the various chapters, family , friends and honored guest. The highlight of the afternoon was listening to this year's essay contest winner, Mr. Micah Jones- Senior, McKinley Technology High School. In addition, to of having a powerful and enlightening essay on the impact of Social Media on today's youth, he is our first male winner in many years! This was a grand event due to the outstanding work of the Achievement Week Committee under the leadership of Bro. Larry A. Brown, Chairman. Thus, the Washington DC Chapters proudly present the esteemed awardees for 2018 as follows:
Essay Contest Winner Mr. Micah Jones- Senior, McKinley Technology High School Citizen of The Year Ms. Mercedes N. Kirkland-Doyle- Founder & Executive Director of the Good News Community Kitchen Col. Charles Young Military Service Award Brother Ronald Fleshman- Alpha Omega Chapter Superior Service Award Brother Elijah Anglin - Alpha Chapter Chapter Brother Kevin Poplar - Kappa Psi Chapter Brother C. Delray Brown - Alpha Omega Chapter Founders Lifetime Achievement Award Brother Patrick Perry, Sr.- Kappa Psi Chapter Brother Roderick Von Watson - Alpha Omega Chapter Omega Man of the Year Award Brother James D. Walker II - Alpha Chapter Brother Kevin Poplar- Kappa Psi Chapter Brother Courtenay Miller-Alpha Omega Chapter
NORFOLK, VA—Lambda Omega, Zeta Iota, Gamma Xi and Sigma Kappa Kappa chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated the achievements of their respective members, community leaders and high school essayists at a joint banquet celebration on November 17. The annual event was held in the banquet facility of the Kroc Center Hampton Roads in Norfolk, VA. Brother Dr. Leroy Hamilton, the Provost of Norfolk State University, served as emcee. The keynote address was given by Brother Delegate Cliff Hayes of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 77th District and a member of Sigma Kappa Kappa. The luncheon was the culminating event of a week of activities that kicked off with a joint worship service on November 11 at Grove Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA. Fraternity members celebrated Omega Psi Phi’s 107th birthday at a rededication ceremony at Norfolk State University’s Nursing and Health Sciences Building on November 16.
Norfolk-based Lambda Omega Chapter presented its Founders Lifetime Achievement Award to Bro. Zack Rogers, and Brothers Faheem Boyd and Anthony Hood are their Superior Service recipients. The chapter recognized Delegate Jay Jones of the Virginia House of Delegates’ 89th District, as their Citizen of the Year. Bro. Renaldo D. Barber, the Basileus of Lambda Omega is their Omega Man of the Year. Zeta Iota, located in Portsmouth, selected Ron and Roxanne Peterson, as its Citizens of the Year. The couple owns a Chick-Fil-A franchise in midtown Portsmouth and support a wide number of programs in the community. Bro. Arthur C. Williams is their Omega Man of the Year. Va. Beach’s Gamma Xi Chapter recognized Bro. Judge David J. Whitted of Chesapeake’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court as its Citizen of the Year. The Founders Lifetime Achievement Award went to Bro. Fred Foard. Bro. John Jessup is their Omega Man of the Year and Bro. LCDR James Sandifer, (USN) received the Col. Charles Young Military Leadership Award. Chesapeake’s Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter presented Bishop Kim Brown, pastor of Mount Lebanon—The Mount—in Chesapeake as its Citizen of the Year. Bro. Brian “Jay” Glover received the Founders Lifetime Achievement Award, and Omega Man of the Year honors went to Bro. Stanley Barner, Jr. Bro. J. T. Fisher was recognized for Superior Service.
The Joint Achievement Week (JAW) $1000 award for best essay written by a high school senior went to Jasmine Gilliam of I. C. Norcom High School in, Portsmouth. The topic was “How has social media impacted today’s youth, and what influence does it have on their future?” A $500 second place award went to Justis T. Fisher who attends Churchland High School in Portsmouth. The members of the JAW committee were Brothers Kenneth Edmond, Michael Mitchell, Michael Williams, and Stanley Barner, Jr. Bro. Renaldo Barber is the Basileus of Lambda Omega, Bro. Hank Mabry heads Zeta Iota, Gamma Xi is led by Bro. Dr. Keenan Davis and Sigma Kappa Kappa by Bro. Kodi Fleming.
On November 17, 2018 the brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in conjunction with the Bernie L. Bates Foundation gathered to celebrate our individual and collective accomplishments from the 2017 to 2018 Omega Year. The banquet was held at the elegant Waterford at Springfield where two hundred and ten brothers, family members, guests and friends were treated to an afternoon of elegance, fine dining and the acknowledgement of excellence. Brother Marvin Chisolm served as the Achievement Week Committee Chairman and coordinated an afternoon of elegance and excellence. As his last official event the PsiAA Immediate Past Basileus, Brother Craig M. Spraggins hosted the lunch banquet. The current PsiAA Basileus Brother Eric W. Kelly, Sr. closed out the banquet with words of thanks and an empationed-plea for continued financial support of the Bernie L. Bates Foundation. Brother James Cherry expertly served as the Master of Ceremonies and Brother (Major General-Retired) Barrye L. Price treated the audience with inspiring words on the Achievement Week theme: “Omega Men: Effecting Positive Change In Communities Worldwide”.
The lunch event gave all in attendance the opportunity to formally recognize and celebrate the following awardees: Omega Man of the Year, Brother Tony A. Wells; The Founders Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Brother Marion L. Barnwell; The Superior Service Awardee, Brother Hector Sheppard Jr.; the Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Awardee, Brother Chester B. Keller and the Citizen of the year Mr. Roane Harris. Special recognition was also afforded to several brothers celebrating a fraternity service anniversary:
BROTHERS CELEBRATING A FRATERNITY SERVICE ANNIVERSARY
|65||Brother John L. Peoples, Sr.|
|60||Brother James T. George|
|50||Brother Joe D. Howze|
|35||Brother Gilbert McManus|
|35||Brother Norris Middleton|
|35||Brother James C. Smith|
|25||Brother Gene A. Hudson|
As always, we used this elegant opportunity to highlight the youth in our community. The audience was treated to a piano recital from our 2018 Talent Hunt winner Miss Kayla Anthony. As a special treat, our high school essay contest winner Miss Taveona Rosemond-Francis presented her thought-provoking and winning essay.
The Fairfax County Ques kicked off our Achievement Week activities on Election Day by supporting the Grand Basileus’ voter registration, education and mobilization call to duty by supporting the polling station at the Walt Whitman Middle school in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria (click here). On November 9th, the chapter co-hosted the 2nd annual Northern Virginia and DC area Ques Pre-Achievement Week happy hour with the Brothers of the Kappa Psi, Omicron Kappa Kappa and Pi Lambda Lambda chapters (click here). On November 11th, we continued to fellowship by worshiping together and supporting the Mount Calvary Baptist Church’s Veterans Day Program. We also conducted our first “Reading for Success” program event of the year at the Riverside elementary school; reading one book and providing twenty-five books to every 3rd grade student (click here). After the banquet more than thirty brothers car pooled down to Howard University to participate in the annual rededication ceremony. The 2018 PsiAA Chapter Achievement Week events were a resounding success due to the effort of the committee and but more important due to the participation from the Fairfax County Ques, their families and friends.
Suffolk, VA - Saturday, November 18, 2017, Alpha Iota Chapter capped off a highly successful year with its annual Achievement Week Banquet and Brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk/Chesapeake. The highlight of the event was outgoing chapter basileus, Bro. Dr. Thomas A. Whitley’s final address to Alpha Iota. Bro. Dr. Whitley stressed the importance of adhering to and genuinely living the fraternity’s cardinal principles. In addition to delivering his final address as basileus, Alpha Iota honored Bro. Whitley with the chapter’s Omega Man of the Year award. Under Bro. Dr. Whitley’s leadership the chapter increased in membership, presented more scholarships to deserving students, and became even more prominent in the greater Suffolk community as it continued to address sociopolitical issues.
Alpha Iota awarded the Superior Service Award to Bro. Dr. Victor Archie. Dr. Archie is an oncologist with Sentara Obici Hospital. Dr. Archie envisioned and spearheaded Alpha Iota’s partnership with Sentara Obici Hospital to address prostate cancer among African American men in the Suffolk / Isle of Wight County area. Alpha Iota and Sentara Obici combined resources to get over 50 men screened for prostate cancer. The effort proved highly successful in raising the health awareness of those that were screened.
Bro. Keith Wilson received the COL. Charles Young award for his leadership of the Alpha Iota Golden Fold. The Golden Fold is Alpha Iota’s mentorship program focused on increasing the self-esteem, confidence, and cultural awareness young men while also promoting scholastic excellence and achievement. The Golden Fold is very active in the greater Suffolk area. The Golden Fold meets twice a month and conducts community service activities on a monthly basis. Bro. Wilson is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves.
Richmond, Virginia, Sunday November 13, 2017. As part of Upsilon Nu’s Achievement Week Program, Upsilon Nu’s National High School Essay Contest winner was presented and received her award. Two recipients were selected from all those that submitted this year. Bro. Stephen Wilson, Chairman of the Upsilon Nu National High School Essay Contest, thanked the parents of the contestants as well as the contestants themselves, for the high quality of their essays. He thanked the parents for supporting the contestants and the contestants themselves for tackling the essay topic. The contestants were given a standing ovation as they came forward to accept their recognition awards.
The topic of the Essay was “What Actions Can You Take to Promote Social Justice and Embrace Diversity of All People”
First place was awarded to Ms. Demya E. Preston, a senior at Highland Springs High School. Ms. Preston is planning to major in Pre-Pharmacy. She has short listed the following schools; Hampton University, James Madison University, and Maryland Eastern Shore. As the first place recipient Ms. Preston was awarded $350.00.
Second place was awarded to Mr. Tyrone Nelson, a senior at Highland Springs High School. Mr. Nelson is planning to major in Cyber Security. He has short listed the following schools; Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Maryland and Virginia Tech University. As the second place recipient Ms. Preston was awarded $250.00.
“We look forward to these outstanding students applying for our scholarships in the spring,” stated committee member Bro. David Stone. “As Ms. Preston read her essay, I was struck at how well she was able to take the topic and weave in her own thoughts on possible ways to promote social justice and at the same time embrace inclusion of other cultures,” said Bro. Gregory Lewis. The topics from our international office have become more challenging and really force the participants to apply more rigor to their essays.
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