Eleven Scholarships awarded at MLK Banquet

Eleven Scholarships awarded at MLK Banquet

January 16th was no ordinary night in Abilene, Texas. Two very siginfact things happen at the MLK Banquet. One was the Keynote address being delivered by Lt. Gen Ronnie Hawkins Jr a native of San Angelo, Texas. Hawkins praised the gathering for remembering Dr. King and the things he stood for. Hawkins also paid homage to a lot of the lesser known individuals of the Civil Rights movement. {{more}}Hawkins said, “I may stand here with three stars on my shoulders, but I am where I am today because I stand on the shoulders of the men and women who went before me,” . My road has been made easier — not easy, but easier — because of the vision and tenacity of those who fought the good fight.”A highlight of the evening was watching 11 young people come on stage to be awarded scholarships based on their academic achievements. The Black Chamber was happy to present these scholarships. The scholarships went to people of different races, creeds and color. In some way a part of Dr. King’s dream was realized. The Scholarship recipients were: Ms. Emoni Ashaute Brooks, daughter of Ms. Shenekka Brooks. Emoni is a Senior at Abilene High and has been accepted at the University of Dallas with plans to major in Business Administration. She was Mann Girl of the Year 2006, Band for 2 years, Soccer for 14 years, DanceTeam/Youth Leader at church for 5 years, Carver Youth council 2 years, Avid Reader club for 10 years and Assistant for in home Daycare service for 3 years. Mr. Phillip Curtis, son of Ms. Deadra Curtis. Phillip is a Senior at Cooper High School and has plans to attend Morehouse University and major in Pre-Law. He spent 3 years with F.A.C.E.S Ministry Leadership Program where he was the recipient of the Rising S.T.A.R. Award, Pacesetter Award and the Golden Flame award. He is the founder, choreographer and Captain of the Cooper High School Step Team. He has also done some volunteer work for the Abilene Clay Shoot.Ms. McKinzie King, daughter of Jimmy and Rebecca King. McKinze is a Senior at Cooper High School and has plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in Nursing. She was the Area 4 Secretary and Holland Treasurer for HOSA. She has her CPR Certification and well as her National Healthcare Foundation Skills Standard Certification. She has been a member of the Cooper High School Basketball team for 4 years and put in 26 hours of volunteer work with Relay for Life, Mission Thanksgiving, and Pill Counting.Ms. Dominique Lee, daughter of Ms. Sheena Alonzo. Dominique is a Senior at Abilene High School and will be attending McMurry University with plans to major in Criminal Justice. She was in Debate and Prose Poetry and Duet Acting or 2 years, and took 3rd place in Duet Acting. She has spent 4 years in Upward bound, where she helped with College Prep., volunteer work and internships. She is also a 5th grade science tutor for Bonham Elementary children and helps them pass their science start tests.Ms. Jasmine Lowry, daughter of Ms. Marshall Lowry. Jasmine is a Senior at Abilene High School and will be attending Abilene Christian University with plans to major in Business Administration. She was on Varsity Track and Varsity Basketball for 4 years. She is a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church Youth Choir and Dance Team. She has been a member of Upward Bound as a Career Youth Council Public Speaker and has been a National Honor Society member for 3 years.Mr. Samuel Musonera, son of Evariste and Esperance Musonera. Samuel is a Senior at Abilene High School and has plans to attend Harvard College and major in Pre-Med. He was on the Soccer team for 4 years and was captain, as well as a member of the Ecology Club for 2 years as Treasurer. He was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for 2 years and a member of the Pioneer Drive Youth Choir.Ms. Chastine Simmons, daughter of Thomas and Redina Simmons. Chastine is a Senior at Abilene High School and will be attending the Angelo State University with plans to major in Pre-Med. She was a member of the Varsity Softball team for 4 years, HOSA for 3 years and the National Technical Honors Society for 1 year.Ms. Elena Taylor, daughter of Charles and Diana Taylor. Elena is a Senior at Abilene High School and will be attending the Abilene Christian University with plans to major in Pre-Dental. She was a member and Captain of the Abilene High Varsity Swim Team for 4 years. She spent 4 years in the Chamber Orchestra and 2 years as a member of the Revolution Strings. She was the recipient of the Optimist Breakfast Club Award in 2011 and is a member of the National Honors Society.Ms. Katelyn Velasquez, daughter of Joe Velasquez and Jennifer Badillo. Katelyn is a Senior at Abilene High School and has plans to attend the Art Institute. She spent 1 year in Revolution Strings, 3 years in Theater, and 6 years in the Chamber Orchestra. She aspires to be a Pastry Chef.Mr. Marquise Williams, son of Yvette Williams. Marquise is a Senior at Abilene High School and has plans to attend Wayland Baptist University and is considering majoring in Physical Education. He was on the Varsity Football team for 4 years and a member of the Choir for 2 years. He is a Member of the King Solomon Baptist Church Audio/Visual Ministry and the Boys Dance Team.Ms. Sara Williams, daughter of James and Lesli Webb. Katelyn is a Senior at Abilene High School and will be attending the Abilene Christian University with plans to major Musical Theatre. She is the recipient of the Academic A Award and a member of the National Honors Society, as well as a member of the Drama Club for 4 years, where she was an Officer, an organizer and participated in several plays. She is a member of Beltway Baptist Church, where she participated in mission trips, community service, volunteer work and Christmas Meals.