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The annual Portage County NAACP Branch Scholarship Brunch, "Celebration of Scholars," recently was held in the community room of Ravenna High School.
The event was presented by Kent State University and the Women's Social Club of Kent. The invocation was given by the Rev. Eddie Renfroe, NAACP vice president.
The welcome was given by Beth Coleman, Ravenna High School principal, and Vicki Broaddus, Women's Social Club of Kent president.
Frank Hairston gave the presentation of public officials. A special presentation of a new $250 scholarship was given by Doria Daniels.
Jackie Peoples Dukes, intervention specialist at Kent State University, gave a message to the graduates.
The 2017 scholarship recipients are:
Albert Peoples Memorial Scholarship -- Tyana Marie Dukes (Kent State University, Stark) Ravenna High School; Essence Davis (Kent State University) Roosevelt High School; and Daisy Ann-Monet Kelly (Kent State University) Ravenna High School.
NAACP Scholarship -- Lydia Lumpkin (Kent State University) Roosevelt High School.
Women's Social Club of Kent Scholarship -- Kiersten Knight; Essence Davis (Kent State University) Roosevelt High School.
Memories of Albert Peoples, "Albert Peoples Academic Excellence," followed the presentation of scholarship awards.
-- Roosevelt High School Scholars:
Dr. Marlene Dorsey, Board of Education
Aaron Carlton, guidance counselor
-- Ravenna High School Scholars:
Pam Nation, Board of Education
Angela Giddins, guidance counselor
-- Women's Social Club of Kent
Vicki Broaddus, president
-- Kent State University/NAACP Scholarship
Annissa Strickland, associate director,
Marcia Kraus, assistant director,
Student Financial Aid Kent State University
Closing remarks were given by Frank Hairston, Portage County NAACP, public relations.