81 honored at Freedom Fund Dinner

From AAPSNews Service

Eighty one Ann Arbor high school students were honored Nov 7 at the annual Freedom Fund Dinner, sponsored by the Ann Arbor Chapter of the NAACP.

African-American students who have earned at least a 3.2 grade point average in school are honored. The local event also honors the 100th anniversary of the NAACP as an organization, said chapter President William Hampton.

Keynote speaker for the event was Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton.

Honorees included:

Community High School: First-year scholar Chelsea Evans-Warren; second-year scholars Max Bowen, Emily Milligan, Tamara Parks and Samantha Thomas.

Huron High School: First-year scholars Camyle Allen, Christiana Allen-Pipkin, Sariya Bryanch, Allante’ Burnell, Blaire Crockett, Tyler Davis, Sharzay Fields, JeJuan French, LaMicah Hughbanks, Kamaria Lee, Maya Long, Fatou Ndaw, Cynthia Ofili, Chinyere Onimo, Lindsey Whitlock, Dallas Williams; second-year scholars Brittany Cole, Gamuchirayi Dingwiza, Awah Ditah, Yonica Dupree, Marysa Hill, Jeremy Jackson and Imani Watkins; third-year scholars Whitney Foster, Ralph Green, Noelle Kahunguba, Devon Micou and Bre’Anna Simpson.

Pioneer High School: First-year scholars Malachi Bowerbank, Jazmine Cooper, DeLaynna Corley, Tobias Kpadenou, Kirby Lee, Ashli Marable, Jessica Obidike, Justin Pendleton, Daniesha Scott, Kyle Snedecor, Ana Vereen; second-year scholars William Anderson, Triesha Arnold, Tiffany Cole, Bradie Connor, Chloe Corley, Dominique Corley, Sabrina Gay, Gregory Goss II, Megan Graham, Mani Herring, Victoria Lloyd, Kailen McKay, Kaitlyn Mills, Davonte Powell, Jordan Robertson, Angelica Shipman, Crystal Smith, Willie Smith, Jr., Joshua Weiland and Aaron Wilson; third-year scholars Alyssa Goss, Ugochukwu Uche, Ayona Vanhorn-Lee, Christina Wade, Devin Webster and Brandis Yarrington.

Skyline High School: First-year scholars Senait Dafa, Hafsa Farah, Jeremy Jagers, Kelsy Lee, Jasper Lindsay, Noah Miller, Jonathan Muriu, Chaune’ Rael-Whitsitt, Ibrahim Saed and Paige Wint.

Stone High School: First-year scholar Brittany Hayes.

Hampton said the annual event “is almost like a graduation. They get to shake the superintendent’s hand and we give them a gift certificate from Borders.”

The Ann Arbor chapter concentrates heavily on education, giving out a scholarship to a worthy student each spring as well as tutoring students each Saturday, Hampton added.

The local chapter has 96 members.

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