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Fraternity program honors 14 students

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Fourteen young men will be recognized today for their work in Omega Psi Phi’s leadership program.

The fraternity’s Alpha Omicron Chapter will honor the high school juniors and seniors at its free Fourth Founders’ Scholars Program at 4:30 p.m. at the Imperial Centre.

“The Omega Founders’ Scholars Program is a training and scholarship fundraising opportunity for junior and senior male high school students,” Charles Penny, chairman of the chapter’s education committee and Rocky Mount city manager, said in a release. “This year, we have had outstanding student leaders participate in our six-month mentoring program. Our fraternity members have worked with the young men and their families on a range of topics, from understanding finance to college and career preparation to becoming responsible for leading our society forward.”

Said Victor Ward, the committee’s vice chairman: “Our presentation of the young men is a hallmark event in our community. The program promises to be inspiring and uplifting and will give hope to many people. It is wonderful to see so many college-bound young men who are strong leaders committed to making life better for everyone.”

The students participating and their parents and high schools are:

  • Jaylyn Addison, the son of Tommie and Valerie Addison, a junior at Nash Central High School.
  • Malik R. Arrington, the son of Willie Arrington Jr. and Jenny Arrington, a senior at Weldon High School.
  • D’Ante K. Biggs, the son of Chavis and Cheri Biggs, a senior at Nash Central High School.
  • Broderick Caudle, the son of Ronald and Veronica Caudle, a junior at Rocky Mount High School.
  • Malik Hines, the son of Nikki Hines, a senior at Rocky Mount High School.
  • Jaquez Howington, the son of Temeka Basemore, a senior at Rocky Mount High School.
  • Thomas Kirby III, the son of Thomas Jr. and Valerie Kirby, a senior at Rocky Mount High School.
  • Joshua Lee, the son of LaSalle Lee and Sharon Lee, a senior at Rocky Mount High School.
  • William Major Jr., the son of William Major Sr. and Blonnell McIntosh, a junior at Northern Nash High School.
  • Markevion Pittman, the son of Sonya Pittman, a senior at Rocky Mount Preparatory School.
  • Tyler Richardson, the son of Andrea Smith, a junior at Nash Central High School.
  • Allec Mitchell Rudd, the son of Aloysus and Melba Rudd, a junior at Rocky Mount High School.
  • Tremaine Simmons, the son of Lamont Simmons and Torie Ponton, a senior at Weldon High School.
  • Tyron Lee Taylor, the son of Felicia and Terrence Taylor, a senior at Rocky Mount High School.

Omega Psi Phi was founded Nov. 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington. Its founders were Frank Coleman, Edgar A. Love and Oscar J. Cooper, and its faculty adviser was Dr. Ernest E. Just, an internationally known biologist.

Omega Psi Phi now has an international membership of more than 100,000.

The Alpha Omicron Chapter has worked since 1946 in the Rocky Mount area.

For more information, call Reuben Blackwell at 212-3480.