The Tau Phi and Tau Sigma chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., recently held its annual Achievement Week Founders’ Banquet in the Lawrence A. Davis Student Union Black and Gold Room on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus.
The event closed out the 2012 year by recognizing the National High School Essay Contest winner, the Omega Citizen of the Year, the Omega Man of the Year, and the Unsung Hero of the Chapter.
The essay theme was “With the Rising Cost for a College Education, What Value Do you Place on Earning a College Degree?” A cash award was presented to Ashleigh Tate, a Pine Bluff High School senior. Second and third-place cash awards were given to Kayla Smith of Star City High School, and Blaise Hale of Pine Bluff High School.
Kymara Seals, the deputy state director for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, was presented with the Citizen of the Year award. Locally, Seals serves as youth adviser to the Pine Bluff Youth Council, presents workshops on behalf of the NAACP, and supports the Pine Bluff High School Zebra Athletic Booster Club and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She has been involved in politics for 20 years promoting citizen involvement in the political process and voter registration.
Glenn Freeman was presented the Tau Phi Chapter Omega Man of the Year for his contributions to the chapter and Ronald Laurent was presented the Unsung Hero of the Chapter.
Vandell Bland, attorney at law at Jonesboro and West Helena and pastor of Manasseh Christian Fellowship Church at West Helena, was the keynote speaker for the event. Bland is the current president of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Graduated Chapter located in Jonesboro and is chaplain for the Arkansas State Natural State Ques, which represents all the Omega Psi Phi Chapters in Arkansas.
Co-chairs for the event were the Rev. J.Y. Williams and Jesse Hargrove. Quranner ‘Q’ Cotledge is Tau Phi graduate chapter president and Marcus Fields is president of the Tau Sigma undergraduate chapter.
National Achievement Week is a mandated program of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. It was originally designed to promote the study of African American life and history.