NEED celebrates student leaders

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The NEED organization provides career and college access services which empower youth from the Pittsburgh region to aspire to learn about, prepare for and complete higher education.

The students of NEED’s Leadership Scholarship Program were celebrated March 12 at the annual NEED dinner.

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SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS—From left: Aaron Johnson, Jaela Wesley, Raenelle Lowry, Portia Issac and Kaadir Smith. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart)

The NEED program is supported by various entities and services such as: Access to College and Career Education, Scholarship & Grants, AAMI Male Mentoring, Workforce Diversity/Internship Programs and The NEED Educational Tour to Historically Black Colleges & Universities.

The evening event was hosted by KDKA news ­reporter Harold Hayes, with the invocation by Rev. ­Eugene Downing of Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Musical selections were sung by J’Aira Pryor.

NEED’s President and CEO Sylvester Pace spoke of the “State of NEED” and the keynote speaker was Derrius Lamar ­Quarles, a 20-year-old sophomore at Moorehouse ­College who is a Dr. John A. Hopps research scholar.

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