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African-American Youth Achievement Awards recognize Evanston students

Feb 27, 2020  10:00am CT


2020 African American Youth Achievement Awards

Students from Evanston/Skokie school districts 65 and 202 were honored at the African-American Youth Achievement Awards program on February 21. (Photo: Evanston Photographic/Genie Lemieux)


Evanston Township High School hosted the 23rd annual African-American Youth Achievement (AAYA) Awards to honor 37 African-American students from Evanston/Skokie public schools. These students were recognized on February 21, 2020, 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, Byline Bank, Chessmen, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Evanston North Shore Alumnae Chapter, Evanston Community Bank & Trust, Family Focus Evanston, The Joe “Butch” Martin Fund, McGaw YMCA, NAACP, Northwestern University, Omega Pi Zeta of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Hecky Powell, Shorefront, Gerri Sizemore, Soul Creations, Mary Wilkerson and in conjunction with Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202.

2020 high school AAYA recipients



Evanston Township High School

Darrion Coleman

Nemili Cooper

Trinity Jenkins

Soumia Kaltimi

Olu Logan

Grey Miller

Ba’niah Robinson

Celister Wright

2020 middle school AAYA recipients


Chute — 

Gabrielle Burnett

James Edward Green



Heaven Adams

Joseph Erner



Makani Brocks

Damarion Timberlake



2020 elementary and magnet school AAYA recipients


Bessie Rhodes — 

Josiah Hardy

Kara Taylor


Dawes — 

Ingrid Sylvestre


Dewey — 

Aneeya McCoy

Nicholas Williams


King Arts — 

Leela Gaede

Jacques Philippe


Kingsley — 

Zora Copeland

Kamden White


Lincoln — 

Makeda Hausman

Welcome Kaplan-Block



Nelson Mbangamoh

Ebony Turner



Demarco Powell

Lyric Rogers


Orrington — 

Nathanael Beaubrun

Trinity Printis


Walker — 

Dillon Pompey

Vivian Solomon


Washington — 

Alexis Simon

Julian Travis


Willard — 

Sophia Asante

Darren Whitehead


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 2020 recipient of the Living Legend-Trailblazer Award is Rose Johnson.