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Top African-American students in Florence high schools recognized

May 21, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – The five African-American seniors with the highest grade point averages in each of the three high schools in the Florence One Schools district were recognized Sunday in a Highway to Higher Education program.

Seniors recognized by the Florence Branch of the NAACP included South Florence’s Alexis Carroway, Darrin Davis, Akira Johnson, Taylor Jones and Micheal Mason, Jr.; West Florence’s Ebony Hunter, Deasia Rush, Alexis Dale, Jarrod Woodland and Jordyn Parnell; and Wilson’s Jaila Davis, Kala Blu Jenkins, Alexis Reid, Emily SantiAnna and Kianna Wolfe.

“I am excited about the caliber of students that we are recognizing again this year,” said Jerry Keith, president of the Florence Branch of the NAACP.

Keith added the top five African-American seniors from each high school made a connection with Florence One middle school students who have the potential to become high achievers as well.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with the Florence Branch of the NAACP for the fourth year in a row in recognizing these students,” said Richard O’Malley, the superintendent of Florence One Schools. “Mr. Keith and I have taken time to become acquainted with these outstanding young people. We are proud of their accomplishments, and we look forward to their continued successes.”

The Highway to Higher Education program was born out of a desire to provide recognition for high-achieving African-American students.

The NAACP is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation. Its mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

For more information on the Highway to Higher Education Program, contact Keith at kangenh20@gmail.com.

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