Area students inducted into Urban League National Achievers Society

| May 24, 2013
Echo Thomas photo

National Achiever Society honoree Echo Thomas is a senior at Snider High School. (Courtesy photo)

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Urban League, in conjunction with area churches, recently honored inductees of the National Achievers Society (NAS), for their outstanding work during the current school year.

The National Achievers Society is an academic society of the National Urban League for minority scholars.

NAS is a long-standing partnership between Urban Leagues and African American churches to recognize minority students for maintaining GPAs of 2.7 or above. This is open to all minority students in grades six through 12. Not only does it recognize their accomplishments, but also makes students eligible for local and national Urban League scholarships.

Fort Wayne area NAS inductees were recognized at a ceremony May 7 at Turner Chapel AME Church. Among officials and dignitaries present were Eryn Rogers of WANE TV, who welcomed everyone to the ceremony and Pastor Ken Christmon of Turner Chapel AME Church and vice chancellor of Multicultural Affairs for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), who gave the invocation and later provided “words of wisdom” to the students along with Jonathan C. Ray, CEO of the Fort Wayne Urban League. Beverly Armour-Thomas of the Wayne Township Trustee Office presented the inductees with certificates commemorating their honor while Wayne Township Trustee Rick Stevenson and Wayne Township Trustee Board of Directors member Tony Henry presented the office’s scholarships to select students. Fort Wayne Urban League Director of Youth Services John J. Foster and Project Ready Coordinator Kamiliah McClendon offered closing remarks.

This year’s honorees, listed along with their school and grade level are:

Brian An—Homestead High School, 11; Harish Bingi—Homestead High School, 10; Deondre Caldwell—New Haven High School, 12; Lawrence Carter Jr.—Paul Harding Jr. High School, 7; Alicia Cuellar—Homestead High School, 11; Gianna Cutigni—Leo Jr./Sr. High School, 8; Devon Davis—Homestead High Schoo, 12; Davenity Davis—Paul Harding Jr. High School, 7; Yavin Dufor—Memorial Park Middle School, 6; Nkiruka Ezeakudo—Homestead High School, 9 Victoria Garcia—East Allen University, 9; Abigail Garcia—Paul Harding Jr. High School, 7; Yahnea Gentry—Memorial Park Middle School, 6; Elonne Gibson—Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy, 8; Remika Gunn—Homestead High School, 12; Taylor Hincks—Homestead High School, 11; Knight Jenkins—Woodside Middle School, 7; Angelica Johnson—Snider High School, 10; McKenzie Jones—Memorial Park Middle School, 7; Lindley Kistler—Homestead Homestead, 9; Caitlin Kogulan, Woodside Middle School, 6; Daniel Leal—Homestead High School, 11; Angela Lee—Leo Jr./Sr. High School, 7; Sierra Lucas Homestead High School, 10; Alecia Marion—Leo Jr./Sr. High School, 12; Paula Denise Martinez—Paul Harding Jr. High School, 7; Te’Shiya McCarter—Paul Harding Jr. High School, 7; Natu McCarthy—Homestead High School, 11; Pujeeth Meruva—Woodside Middle School, 6; Puneeth Meruva—Homestead High School, 10; Ee Moe—New Haven High School, 12; Valentina Montes—East Allen University, 9; Zea Morales—Homestead High School, 9; William Ngo—Homestead High School, 11; Monica Niño—East Allen Univerity, 9; Caitlin Nycum—Homestead High School, 9; Shannon Nycum—Homestead High School, 11; Thin Oo—New Haven High School, 10; Aarika Payne—South Side High School, 12; Kelsey Plasterer—Homestead High School, 11; Taylor Reid—New Tech Accademy, 12; Emily Reyes—New Haven High School, 11; Kendra Scott—East Allen University, 9; Paula Silva—Homestead High School, 11; Te’a Smith—Leo Jr./Sr. High School, 8; Echo Thomas—Snider High School, 12; Regina Thomas—Prince Chapman Academy, 6; Stashanna Thomas-Morris—Lane Middle School, 7; Kennedy Thompson—East Allen University, 9; Tu Tu—New Haven High School, 10; Caterina Valentini—Homestead High School, 11; Kayla Vergara—Homestead High School, 10; Morgann Williams—Homestead High School, 10; Jacqueline Wilson—Homestead High School, 10; Da’Lexus Wright—East Allen University, 9; Mariah Thomas—Snider High School—10

For information on Project Ready and other academic Urban League programs, contact John  J. Foster at (260) 745-3100.


This article originally appeared in the May 22, 2013 print edition.

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