5 students recently honored at P.D. Mitchell Annual Awards banquet

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Shown, from left, are P.D. Mitchell Memorial Award Recipients Dante Wright, Jalen Jackson and Elliott Walker

PHOTO PROVIDED Shown, from left, are P.D. Mitchell Memorial Award Recipients Dante Wright, Jalen Jackson and Elliott Walker

The P.D. Mitchell annual Awards Banquet recently was held Oct. 15 at the Holiday Inn. Awards of recognition for academic achievements were presented to the 2017 recipients of the P. D. Mitchell Memorial award. The Campbell Street Community Center established the award fund with the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation in 2015 to award graduates who exemplify strong leadership potential, sportsmanship and show promise of success in their pursuit of higher education.

The five graduates honored at the banquet were:

Alisha Chen

Chen was the valedictorian of her class, a member of the National Ho­nor Society, received the Bauch and lomb Hono­rary Science Award, served as school board representative, co-president of the Pa. Governor’s STEM Competition team, co-editor of the Cherry and White and a student ambassador. She was co-captain of the tennis team, a member of the Strolling Strings, orchestra and the Millionaire Quartet and received the Model United Nations honorary delegate award.

She attends John Hopkins University pursuing a degree in biology and biomedical engineering.

Nailah Oliver

Oliver was a member of the National Honor Society, the STEM Club for Robotics and Engi­neering and was a mentor in the Big Sisters program. She also was a member of the Lady Millionaires varsity tennis team and the indoor and outdoor track and field team. She won the AAA 100M Hurdle District Title and competed with her team in the State Champ­ionship.

She attends Penn State University pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering and a career in nanotechnology.

Jalen Jackson

Jackson was a member of the executive board and the captain of the Millionaires varsity baseball and football teams, where the team won a District Championship and played in the PIAA state quarterfinals in his final year. He was named to the 2016 PA Football Writers Association All-State Team as a senior and led all tight ends in the state of Pennsylvania for 6A in receiving yards. He won the Player Council Award, Coaches Award, the Andrew Knight Award for his junior year and the PIAA District 4 Sportsmanship Award. He also was selected to play in the annual East-West All-Star game. He received a football scholarship.

He attends Lock Haven University pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

Elliott Walker

Walker was a member of the Millionaires varsity baseball, football and basketball teams. His team won a District Championship and he played in the PIAA state quarterfinals. He was named to the 2016 PA Football Writers Assoc­iation All-State Team his senior season and was the only player in District 4 history to finish his career with at least 1,000 yards in rushing and receiving. He also led the WVC in catches and receiving yards and tied Willia­msport’s single-season record for touchdown catches. He was selected to play in the annual East-West All-Star game. He received a scholarship to play football.

He attends Lock Haven University pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

Dante Wright

Wright was a member of the executive board and was on the Millionaires varsity track and field team. He was a three-time District Champion for the 100 meter and the 4×100 meter and qualified for indoor nationals his senior year. He also was a member of the Millionaires varsity football team. He was Underclassman of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Track Athlete of the Year. He finished his senior season in boys track and field undefeated and won the District IV AAA Title. He received a scholarship for track and field.

He attends LaSalle University pursuing a degree in business.

Other awards presented to community members for achievements, leadership and service were the P. D. Mitchell Achievement Award to Carolyn Hill-Ferrell; P. D. Mitchell Sports Award to Rev. Joseph Walker; P. D. Mitchell Community Service Award to Dr. John Piper Jr.; P. D. Mitchell Service Award to Robert Lewis Sr.; and the Alyce D. Woody Award to Inez Stanton. Recognition of Appreciation was given to William Miele for his past service as a member of the center’s board of directors.

The keynote speaker was Janice Todd, physical and health educator in the Williamsport Area School District.

Mistress of Ceremonies was Velna Grimes, board vice president. Rev. Zavon Braggs gave the invocation. Solos were performed during the event from the Revs. Carolyn Perry and Zavon Braggs. Sam Belle, president of the Board of Directors and Velna Grimes, vice president, gave closing remarks.

The Banquet Committee members included Sam Belle, Velna Grimes, Linda Jackson, Barbara Allen, Rev. Zavon Braggs, LeRoy Baer and Phyllis Braggs-Lee.

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