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Theta Zeta Lambda Chapter President Leland Walker sent this message to share with the AAPS News about the event:
“Under the leadership and organization of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc. Theta Zeta Lambda Chapter’s Director of Education and Lakewood Elementary School Principal Mr. Michael Johnson, over 100 people celebrated the scholastic excellence and community volunteerism of these young men.
“Please join me in congratulating Kerhwin Byas (Ann Arbor Technological High School), Kyle Hester (Huron), Khari Hutchings (Huron), Jerry Jackson (Huron), Lorenzo Johnson (Huron), Alexander Teixeira (Huron), Sidney Anderson (Pioneer), Devon Harris (Pioneer), Emeka Nriagu (Pioneer), Logan Tillman (Pioneer), Mitchell Tillman (Pioneer), Juwan Castrejon (Roberto Clemente), Carlos Miller (Roberto Clemente), Derrick Asher (Skyline), Marc Hester (Skyline), Michael Heyward (Skyline), Harith Palmer (Skyline), and Christopher Bobo (Willow Run).
“The following seniors received scholarships from our organization: John Clark (Skyline), Tevin Cole (Roberto Clemente), Darrius Gregory (Belleville) and Joseph Titus (Pioneer).
“I would also like to acknowledge Mr. Ché A. Carter, Principal of Pattengill Elementary who delivered the keynote address entitled, “To the Youths Who March Onward and Upward”. Lastly, special thanks to Ann Arbor Public School staff members Mrs. Lisa Anglin, Assistant Principal of Pioneer High School, Dr. Sara Duvall, Media Specialist at Skyline High School, Dr. Benjamin P. Edmondson, Principal of Roberto Clemente Student Development Center, and Wendy Reinhart, Counselor at Huron High School for their presence and acknowledgment of the wonderful work that these young men are displaying. We’d also like to recognize Mr. Kellen Johnson (Carpenter Elementary-Second Grade) who provided the welcome for the occasion as well as Mr. Ashon Carter (Mitchell Elementary-Kindergarten) who shared closing remarks. These young speakers did a fantastic job!”
AAPS Superintendent Dr. Patricia Green sent her gratitude to Alpha Phi Alpha:
I also want to thank you and your Fraternity colleagues for taking the time to recognize these fine young men and making a powerfully positive difference in their lives. Through the efforts of people like you and the others in your Fraternity, these upstanding young individuals were able to be celebrated and recognized for their excellence and their community service. Please accept my sincere thank you for the scholarships given as well. You and your Fraternity colleagues enhance the ability of young men to achieve at the highest of levels, both scholastically and through significant character development opportunities. Thank you to all for caring so much and going the extra mile to serve these fine young men and our great community.