The Afro-American Heritage Association (AAHA) has tripled its pledged 2019 Senior Recognition Awards by donating $300 each to three Rome Free Academy seniors.
The RFA Senior Award winners are:
Sarah Crockett, who was referred by RFA teacher and Black History Club adviser Michael Lacey;
Nocyia Logan, referred by Jawwaad A. Rasheed, Junior Frontiers of Mohawk Valley co-director and Family Court magistrate for New York; and
Reuben M. Morgan, V, referred by Rev. Arthur Atkins of the Rome Wesleyan Church and the Bread of Life Community Center chairman.
Student nominations were submitted by school advisors and community leaders based upon student achievement, community service and college acceptance, according to the Afro-American Heritage Association.
A joint reception was held at Mohawk Valley Community
College’s Rome Campus on Wednesday, June 12, with numerous school and community leaders in attendance.
All students gave very professional acceptance speeches, the officials said, adding that Morgan’s speech was given in advance to the AAHA membership via conference call because of his prior commitment to chaperon a sibling’s class field trip.
The increased awards, organization officials said, were only possible due to generosity of its sponsors and a dedicated team effort.
AAHA member sponsors include: Florence Barnett, Janet Bennett, Marcelline Simien Bilton, Rev. Cornelia Jackson Brown, Robert Caldwell, Helen Phillips Hannah, Juanita Jenkins and Gwen Evans, the AAHA Education Committee chairperson.
Local business sponsors include: Shelly Gardner, Gardner’s Farm To Table, 401 W. Dominick St; Madera A. Clark, CEO, Rodan and Fields Skincare, 7979 Northwood Drive; and Alden Max Smith, independent medicare agent, United Healthcare.