22 AAPS high schoolers recognized at Alpha Phi Alpha Student Recognition Luncheon

On Saturday, May 11 the Theta Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. , recognized 22 Ann Arbor Public High School sophomores, juniors and seniors at its 18th annual Student Recognition Luncheon at the Sheraton in Ann Arbor.

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.

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  1. This is outstanding!!!! As a 2004 initiate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. via the Theta Zeta Lambda Chapter, I am elated and proud of the fantastic work, my brothers of Alpha are continuing to do in the community and with our youth. Like our mission statement says, “Alpha Phi Alpha develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence while providing service and advocacy for our communities”– job well done Brothers!!!!

  2. Amazing!! Awesome job Alpha Phi Alpha for recognizing the hard work of these young men. It is evident that you take your mission seriously and you ensure that your values are carried out. Thanks for the work you do in our schools, community and in recognizing such an esteemed group of talented and hard working individuals. Onward and Upward!!

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