Three students have been selected to compete in the Pen or Pencil initiative national summer youth summit and several others were recently honored during awards ceremonies.
Rick Holman of Belair Middle School, Makiya Hines of Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School and William L. Fells III of Ridgway Christian School will represent Arkansas during the “Take A Stand To Keep A Seat National Youth Mentoring Summit” in Orlando, Fla., July 21.
The three will compete against students from Los Angeles; Antelope Valley, Calif., Atlanta; Danbury, Conn.; High Point, N.C.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Seattle, Wash.; and from Florida.
The summit is sponsored by the National Alliance of Faith and Justice, (NAFJ) in conjunction with the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, (NABCJ).
Pine Bluff students will attend July 19-July 21. The Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc., Arkansas’ lead Pen or Pencil affiliate, conducts sessions with students in the Pine Bluff and Dollarway school districts, Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School and Ridgway Christian School.
Recently Rev. Jesse Turner, executive director of ICVR, presented students with certificates of participation. At Lighthouse recipients included Jaylen Liddell, Lajavian Cook, Lamarcus Carter, Kamiah Thornton, Makiya Hines-Warrior, Olouni Jones, Moeriah Crawford, Joshua Lacy, Keuntre Battles, Markevius Livingston, Nathaniel Lacy and mentor/principal Sandra Smith-Jones. A certificate was also given to William L. Fells III of Ridgway.
Belair Middle School students awarded included Rick Holman, Dauzhu Thomas, Zariaeah Blake, Kamryn Greer, Derrick Butler, Travis Owens, Anthony Booker, Jayhon Williams, Kimaniramon Linell, Alex Mayer, Tyran Womack as well as principal Suzette Bloodman.