Youth honored at Red Carpet event

by Sarah Fay Campbell


Honorees at the Red Carpet awards included Lia Boyce, Leadership/Mentorship; Jasmine Nicole Smith, The Extra Mile; Jayline Ball, Athletic Excellence; Rachel Woods, The Overcomer; Jayanna Dukes, The Extra Mile; Kayden Woods, Academic Excellence; and Indya Bell, Academic Excellence. 

Several local students were honored at the First Annual Youth Red Carpet Leadership/Service Award celebration, hosted by the West Central Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.

The event was the kickoff for what is hoped to be the signature program for the West Central Georgia Chapter. The club is a non-profit organization that promotes and engages in educational, civic, and inter-cultural activities within its community. The club is committed to offering an array of services designed to have a positive impact on the residents in the communities it serves.

The theme for the event was “taking a walk on the red carpet with our future leaders.”

Student nominations came from various community based organizations. Students were identified based on their performance and behavior in their local schools, churches, recreation programs, and other youth activities in their communities. Seventeen students were selected to receive recognition for awards including Outstanding Leadership/Mentorship, Academic Excellence, Athletic Achievement, the Extra Mile Award, the Overcomer Award, and Musical Excellence.

Students were treated to a limo ride around the Newnan before they exited the limo onto the red carpet awaiting them at the Wadsworth Auditorium. Once inside the building, they posed for pictures before taking their seats for the celebration.

"This event is just a practice run for these young people, because there will surely be more honors and times of celebration for them as they progress through their lives,” said Edith Byrd of the West Central Georgia Club. "Their hard work, and the awesome parental support being provided to them, will ensure their future successes.”

The club appreciates every stakeholder who has invested in the lives of these young people, said Byrd. “And we solicit the continued support from the community, as we expand programs and activities in Coweta County and other west central Georgia communities."

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