Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Where: The Mansion on Main Street, 3000 Main Street, Voorhees, N.J.
What: At its third annual Best of the Best Awards Program, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Theta Pi Omega Chapter will recognize outstanding African American high school seniors in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.
Promoting high scholastic and ethical standards is one of the chief aims of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. In keeping with the sorority’s purpose, Theta Pi Omega Chapter will honor 60 of the top African American high school seniors from its tri-county service area of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties at its upcoming Best of the Best Awards Program.
Recommended by their high school guidance counselor, one male and one female student from each participating school will be named Best of the Best. Each awardee has a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Additionally, each displays good conduct and character, and is an active participant in his or her school and community. All Best of the Best awardees will receive a plaque and a small token in recognition of their achievement.
“On behalf of the members of Theta Pi Omega Chapter, I am extremely proud of each of our awardees,” said Melanie L. Burney, President of Theta Pi Omega Chapter. “It is our esteemed honor to recognize so many outstanding African American youth, who without a doubt will be our future leaders.”
During the program, prerecorded video presentations about each Best of the Best awardee will be played. Additionally, a keynote address will be delivered by Lloyd Freeman, Esq. (http://www.archerlaw.com/
In addition to hosting this program, Theta Pi Omega chapter promotes education by awarding scholarships on an annual basis. This year, seven scholarships totaling $6,500 will be awarded—six to high school seniors and one to an undergraduate student. Each high school senior, two per county, will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The undergraduate scholarship, valued at $500, will be awarded to a previous winner who is still enrolled in college. It is noteworthy to mention that four of this year’s high school scholarship winners are also Best of the Best awardees. The names of all scholarship winners will be announced during the program.
Media coverage is invited.The on-site media contact is M. Olivia Baxter, 609.440.1579.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) was established January 15, 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is the first Greek-letter organization established by African-American college women. Driven by its commitment to service and sisterhood, Alpha Kappa Alpha has evolved into one of the world’s leading service organizations with 260,000 members in 958 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and on the continent of Africa. Its membership includes distinguished women who boast excellent academic records, proven leadership skills, and are involved in the global community through advocacy and service. The South Jersey graduate chapter, Theta Pi Omega Chapter, has more than 200 members, is the largest AKA chapter in New Jersey, and has been proudly serving Burlington, Camden & Gloucester counties since 1967.
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