AKA AKAdemy Showcase/Awards Program
Celebrating an EMPIRE State of Mind
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – May 25, 2015. The Youth Development Foundation of the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. held its annual AKA AKAdemy Showcase/Awards Program at the St. Petersburg Coliseum on Sunday, May 24, 2015.
The evening’s preshow featured the AKAdemy/Dream Choir and the Kali Kali Dancers.
Dr. Kevin B. Parrott served as Master of Ceremony and Rachel Nunn served as the Mistress of Ceremony. Cassandra Williams, president of the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Manitia Moultrie, AKAdemy Program Director, delivered the Welcome and introduced the night’s theme, “Celebrating an Empire State of Mind.”
The first half of the evening introduced the Royal Class of 2015 with a saxophone selection by Andrew Baker. The AKAdemy then celebrated an Empire State of Mind….through Fashion and the “Friendly Challenge….through Step.” AKAdemy Awards were given for the Most Improved Pathfinder, the Leadership Award, the Spirit Award, and the Blossoms Award. The first half of the evening ended with “A Royal Celebration….through Dance” with the AKAdemy Baddiez Dance Troup.
The second half of the Showcase presented the AKAdemy Class of 2015 Award Presentation. Nicole Johnson and presented the AKAdemic Perfection Award for the students on the Dean’s list all year, the AKAdemic Excellence Recognition for those students who made the Dean’s list at least once during the school year, AKAdemic Achievement Recognition for those students who maintained good grades and made the honor roll at least once during the school year. The AKAdemy Awards included the Angel Award, the Character Award, the Ernest Fuller Citizenship Award, and the Scott Williams Pathfinder of the Year Award.
The YDF AKAdemic Scholarships were presented by Dharvette Barwick, Scholarship Committee Chair and Lesley Cooper, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair. The awards were as follows:
2015 Scholarship Award Recipients
$1,400 Jelani Pitts
$1,200 Jae’Lyn Dorsey
$1,000 Zackary Murray
$1,000 Kayla Crawford
$900 Brittany Smith
$800 Victoria Williams
$700 Julie West
$400 Sherie Moody
$400 Matthew Pinckney
$400 Andrew Baker
President’s Council/Merit Scholarship
$500 Kevon Neal-Parker
$500 James Chaney
AKAdemy Book Scholarships (Each will receive $250 Book Scholarship)
Dr. David T. Welch Scholarship
$500 Shelby Fintak
$500 Kevon Neal-Parker
Madame Vivian Rouson Scholarship
$250 Shelby Fintak
$250 Jelani Pitts
The AKAdemy Class of 2015 participated in the Graduation Ceremony that included a biography of each graduate along with post-graduation plans. Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter President, Cassandra Williams delivered the closing remarks and thanked the parents and the community for their unwavering support.
Media Contact: Lesley Cooper, Ivy Leaf Reporter - Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., (727) 642-5512