MEGA Mentors held their 2016 Excellence Awards and Recognition Celebration Thursday May 26 at the Thomas Fulghum Center. With educational headliners as retiring School Superintendent Dr. Marcus Newsome, School Board Vice Chair Carrie Conyers, and Foundation Executive Director Jean Cauble in supporting roles, the event was quite rewarding for over 200 students, parents, and guests.
Judge Cressondra Brown Conyers of the the 9th Judicial District was the guest speaking. She strongly stressed to the students to stay in school, avoid drugs, and not show up in her courtroom. As she closed, she encouraged the students not only to leave a legacy, but live a legacy.
Students who had made high achievements during the MEGA Mentor academic year received awards for their accomplishments. A total of $10,000 in school scholarships was awarded, other winners were Jalen King, Gabriel Tompkins, Ce’Tia Thomas, T’Asia Jordan, Keith Heiskell, and Kyah Cambers from Carver College and Career Academy; Jourden McDaniel, Zynasia Fitzgerald, Oscar Ambrose, Jordan Reynolds, Austin Pearson, and Alexis Reed from Carver Middle; Kevin Recinos and Kimberly Willis from CTC@ Hull; Sabastian Lindsey, Rdaysia Thomas, Isaac Lee, Shawnay James, Travis Williams, and Jahnaria Baskerville from Falling Creek Middle; Kirt Studevant, Diamond Coleman, Jayondrey Giles, and Jayla Lewis from Meadowbrook High; and Jackson Taylor, Sara Gaverick, Kaleb Bingham, Lyric Marks, Dominic Gray, and Jantoria Winston from Providence Middle.
MEGA Mentor President Howard Corey yielded closing remarks to student Gary Tompkins, who in his baritone voice gave a brief rendition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “I Have a Dream.”