Youth United Way banquet salutes students for community service, congratulates graduating seniors and special honorees

Earlier this week, the Youth United Way Leadership Program celebrated its year of service during its 15th Annual Youth Recognition Banquet. The banquet was held at The Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis with over 220 students, parents, friends and United Way staff in attendance.

Stan Bell

Stan Bell, radio personality on V101.1 FM was the Keynote Speaker for the evening. Bell’s empowering speech addressed the importance of focusing on goals and achieving those aims “without excuses.”

Martha Perine Beard

Martha Perine-Beard, Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way of the Mid-South

Youth United Way students were presented with service awards and 17 graduating seniors were recognized for their contribution to the program. A special award was presented to United Way Board Chairman Martha Perine Beard for her support of Youth United Way. Each year, Perine Beard hosts a Senior Luncheon at the Federal Reserve Bank for the program’s graduating seniors and Youth United Way’s student-led Executive Board.

The Youth United Way College Enrichment Scholarship (a one-time $2,000 award) was awarded to a pair of students who have already chosen their colleges. Kameron Curry will attendĀ MTSU and Lynecia Christion will attend the University of Mississippi.

The evening also featured the first presentation of the Youth United Way Alumni Award, which was presented to Lyndon Baskin for his leadership of the program’s Alumni Committee.

The students filling the positions of Youth United Way Chairman and Co-Chairman were also announced, and Jared Moses (White Station) and Alese Taylor (Houston High) will both serve as Chairman, and Cole Ettingoff (MUS) and Romelia Crawford (Bolton High) will serve as Co-Chairs.

If you are interested in more information about the Youth United Way Leadership Program, contact Director Clint Anderson at 901.433.4327 or e-mail clint.anderson@uwmidsouth.org

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