Friday, June 8, 2012

BRMA holds graduation celebration

On Sunday June 3, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate (BRMA) held its 10th Annual Graduation Ceremony, a celebration of six high school seniors who will graduate from the program. The event took place at Carrboro High School at 3pm.

The graduates have been involved with BRMA since 4th grade and described the impact of the program on their lives and offered advice to young students on how they, too, can achieve success. Younger students were recognized for their academic achievement over the past year.

The graduating students who were celebrated include: Oscar Romero Sanchez and Samantha Salazar from Carrboro High School, Chloe Raines and Jordan Williams from Chapel Hill High School and Netasha Herron and Jasmine Shelton from East Chapel Hill High School.

These students have been paired with adult mentors from the community since they joined the program eight years ago. They have also demonstrated a commitment to both academic achievement and service throughout high school. All six students participated in the Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute. Through service projects, summer camps, and alternative spring break trips, the graduates have developed their leadership skills through serving their community.

Next year, each graduate will continue on to post-secondary education. Samantha Salazar will be attending UNC-Greensboro. Chloe Raines will study culinary arts at Johnson and Wales University. Samantha Salazar will attend UNC-Greensboro. Jasmine Shelton plans to study social work at Durham Tech. Oscar Salazar and Jordan Williams both plan to attend community college.

The Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program seeks to support the achievement of minority students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools through mentoring, tutoring, cultural enrichment, leadership development and scholarship opportunities. Since its inception in 1995, over 95 percent of the program's students have graduated from high school and gone on to post-secondary education. BRMA has achieved has been recognized for excellence in mentoring and school-community partnerships.

 BRMA Coordinator Graig Meyer begins the program

Graduate Jordan Williams delivers remarks 

Graduate Chloe Raines delivers remarks 

Intern Jake Jacoby hands out certificates 

Some of the 40 students who received Academic Recognition Awards 

Academic Specialist Teresa Bunner introduces the one-book project 

Graduate Netasha Herron delivers remarks 

Graduate Jasmine Shelton delivers remarks 

Graduate Oscar Romero Sanchez delivers remarks 

Graduate Samantha Salazar delivers remarks 

BRMA graduates with their scholarship checks, mentors and parents

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