By CRA News Service
Students from four area schools were among 17 inducted into the Urban League of Palm Beach County’s Center of Excellence National Achievers Society on Saturday, June 1.
The ceremony was held at Church of the Living God New Macedonia in Delray Beach.
Membership is open to students in grades 3 through 12, have excelled academically as noted with earned A’s and B’s and they must be committed to community service. No C’s are accepted unless the student is taking advanced or honors courses. Prospective members must be sponsored by an adult who will serve as a mentor or role model in the achiever’s life.
The Center of Excellence was established to provide academic skill development, cultural enrichment, career awareness and increased exposure to higher education.
The society encourages, recognizes and reinforces academic achievement among minority students, said Patrick Franklin, President and CEO of the Urban League of Palm Beach County.
“We have the opportunity to recognize some of our best and most gifted students – young people who understand the value and importance of education,” he said. “We want young people to embrace education, get good grades and continue onward into college or some form of post-secondary training because in a global technological society, education is the key that unlocks the doors of opportunity.”
State Rep. Bobby Powell told the achievers to stay focused and to have big dreams.
The Urban League of Palm Beach County, Inc. has been serving the community for 40 years. It is the leading provider of comprehensive family services throughout the county, helping about 16,000 people annually as they work toward social and economic equality.
For more information about programs and services or how to become a member of the Urban League, visit WWW.ULPBC.org.
The following are the new inductees:
Advent Lutheran School: Nicholas West
A.W. Dreyfoos High School: Alisha Bryant, Taishae Haughton
Bak Middle School of the Arts: Michael Bartley, Donyea James
Boca Elementary: Paige Braggs
Boynton Beach Charter School: Tamia Tibert
Independence Middle School: Jadyn Matthews
John I Leonard High School: Joshua Beauplan, Kenya Berrick, Evelyn Thomas
Palm Beach Central High School: Robert James,
Palm Beach Gardens High School: Relandria Adams
Suncoast High School: LaTerrence Butts
South Tech Academy: Chavala Williams
Watson Duncan Middle School: Aidan Dixon
Wellington High School: Bryce Roberts