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|Mr. and Miss Black Heritage 2009|
Kenneth Wayne Blackson Jr. and Ryeshia Ashanti Bush were selected as Mr. and Mrs. Black Heritage 2009 and were presented during the twenty first annual banquet sponsored by the Black Heritage Organization on Feb. 27, 2009 in the cafeteria of Franklin Parish High School.
The Royalties were introduced by Mrs. Grace W. Blount and each presented with a trophy by Mrs. Mabel Lawrence Thomas, president of the organization. Each will receive a scholarship to the university of his or her choice during the fall of this year.
Miss Ryeshia Bush is the daughter of Ms. Wanda Johnson Bush and is a senior at Franklin Parish High School. She is an active member of Prince of Peace Pentecostal Church, where she helps with the Youth Praise team and serves as a volunteer for all church events.
Ryeshia has a cumulative grade point average of 4.1 and is involved in the National Beta Club; Future Business Leaders of America, where she serves as Treasurer; Family Career and Consumer Leaders of America where she serves at Treasurer and Fellowship of Christian Students. She h as also been a member of the Flag line and participated in Junior Reserved Officer Training Corp (JROTC).
Future plans for Ryeshia include attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) and majoring in Pharmacy or Biology.
Blackson is also a senior at Franklin Parish High School where he has maintained a cumulative grade point average of 4.25. He is the son of Kenneth and Latanga N. Blackson. He is a very active member of the Augusta Missionary Baptist Church where he participates in the Thanksgiving dinner Ministry - prepare and serve food to the needy; visit the nursing homes, Good Samaritan Volunteer - package and shelved food, and Pocket Change for Triad. He has also served as a student worker at Franklin Parish Head Start, usher for the Black Heritage Banquet 2005-2008 and served as a host for the Horace G. White back to school lunch.
Kenneth is an outstanding student at Franklin Parish High School where he has been a member of the National Beta Club in good standing throughout high school and served as the local chapter president in 2008-2009; he is also very active in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at the local level he has served as treasurer, vice-president, and president - at the district level, he served as vice-president, and in 2007-2008 he served as the State District II Vice-President. He is currently serving as the state President for FBLA. He has also been recognized in FBLA Who's Who.
Another school organization that Kenneth is active in is La. Gear Up. He has served as president twice and as vice-president one year. He is also an active participant in the Spanish Society, 4-H Club, SADD, and Fellowship of Christian Students.
Blackson has also received many honors and awards - some of these include - Who's Who; the regional recipient of the LACUE outstanding student in technology award, the 2007 HOBY Ambassador outstanding student in various subject areas; and Louisiana Legislative Youth Council member for this year. He has also been recognized as Franklin Parish High School Student of the year, and will compete at the regional level. He is also the parish winner of the National Shakespeare Competition.
Kenneth has also exhibited outstanding talent in the music area by placing in the district music rally and the state music rally for the past three years and is acknowledged as an outstanding musician in his school band.
Kenneth plants to attend Southern University or Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and major in Biology and become a medical doctor.
Other participants for the title of Mr. and Mrs. Black Heritage were - J. B. Bennett IV, Kimothy Thomas, LaDelza Coleman and Jasmine Blunt These students were recognized and presented with a certificate award for their academic achievement, leadership abilities and service to their school and community.
On behalf of the Black Heritage Organization Mabel Lawrence Thomas, president, would like to thank all persons who helped to make this year's banquet a success. A special thanks to all of the donors of donations and door prizes and the Franklin Sun for complete coverage.