Fifth annual National Achievers Society inductions

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The early spring rainfall couldn’t dampen the pride of the 120 high school students, parents, relatives and friends of the area schools in Pittsburgh on March 25 at Heinz Memorial Chapel. The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh held the Fifth Annual National Achievers Induction ceremony. The NAS Mission is to encourage, recognize and reinforce achievement among African-American youths. The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh takes great pride in traditionally recognizing high school students from the greater Pittsburgh area who have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher as well as a record of community service, personal achievement and accomplishments.


The ceremony began with a selection from drummer Lee Ramsey, the invocation was read by Rev. Brenda Gregg. Eugene Walker, Benchmark manager/Pittsburgh Promise, served as master of ceremonies. The national anthem was performed by Naomi Allen a sixth-grader at Pittsburgh Allegheny middle school. Introductory remarks were given by Debra Tucker, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.


The keynote address was passionately delivered by Rex Crawley, Ph.D. Families and guests were entertained by recording artist and CAPA senior, DaMarra Chanel Underwood, who sang for first lady Michelle Obama when she visited Pittsburgh. Florence Rouzier, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, read reflections of the Class of 2010. James Barnes, chairman of the board of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, read the pledge for the young men and Dara Ware Allen Ph.D., read the young ladies pledge and Tucker issued closing remarks.

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