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African-American Youth Achievement Awards recognize Evanston students

AAYA 2019

Students from Evanston/Skokie school districts 65 and 202 were honored at the African-American Youth Achievement Awards program on February 7. (Photo: Evanston Photographic/Genie Lemieux)

 

Evanston Township High School hosted the 22nd annual African-American Youth Achievement (AAYA) Awards to honor 38 African-American students from Evanston/Skokie public schools. These students were recognized on February 7, 2019, for their daily actions that pay homage to the visions and legacy of African-American pioneers.

 

The AAYA program is part of a Black History Month initiative and was sponsored by the Ivy Pearl Foundation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Chi Omega Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Evanston North Shore Alumnae Chapter, Family Focus Evanston, Dr. Gilo Kwesi Logan, The Joe “Butch” Martin Fund, Northwestern University, McGaw YMCA, NAACP, Omega Pi Zeta of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Shorefront, and Gerri Sizemore, in conjunction with Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202.

 

2019 high school AAYA recipients

 

Evanston Township High School

Lys Acacia

Beyonce Bailey

Dystonae Clark

Demarcus Dennison

Donald Gibbs

Darius Johnson

Sarah Parisien

Elisa Walker

 

2019 middle school AAYA recipients

 

Chute

William Campbell

Ava Moseley

 

Haven

Jahvar Quire

Ariana Williams

 

Nichols

Tyler Shaun Alexander

Sadaya Deeble

 

2019 elementary and magnet school AAYA recipients

 

Bessie Rhodes

Olaitan Dada

Cecily Jordan

 

Dawes

Noah Nelson

Hani Ramos

 

Dewey

Teshawna Rhaburn

Arnon Timms

 

King Arts

Tyler Dobson

Shaneil Henderson

 

Kingsley

Abdul Ouedraogo

Kayla Strickland

 

Lincoln

Anna Iwuagwu

Carter McIntosh

 

Lincolnwood

Dylan Quire

Rhiana Ruddock

 

Oakton

Cross Mitchell

Elyse Pinckney

 

Orrington

Jakyra Lockhart

Edouard Josef Millner

 

Walker

Ethan Carpenter

Skylar Lomax

 

Washington

Ashlee Murray

Billy Price

 

Willard

Eleanor Ghogomu

Micah Smith

 

As part of the AAYA program, the Living Legend-Trailblazer Award honors African-American Evanstonians for their leadership and community contributions that encourage and inspire African-American youth. The 2019 recipient of the Living Legend-Trailblazer Award is Hecky Powell, founder and owner of Hecky’s Barbecue.