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|Black Heritage Banquet honors local students|
Arnelia Katrice Short and Colen Kendre Smith were selected as Miss and Mr. Black Heritage 2008 and were presented during the celebration of the 20th Annual Black Heritage Banquet sponsored by the Black Heritage Organization on Feb. 29, at Franklin Parish High School cafeteria.
The royals were introduced by Mrs. Evelyn Rose Richardson and presented trophies by Mrs. Mabel Lawrence Thomas.
Arnelia is a senior at Franklin Parish High School and is the daughter of Mrs. Linda Miles Short. She has a grade point average of 4.25 and is an active member of Beta, FBLA, FCS and the Spanish Society. She earned a score of 28 on her ACT test. She is also on the varsity cheerleading squad and the gymnastics team.
Arnelia plans to attend Howard University in Washington D.C. and major in chemical engineering and Spanish.
She is an active member of Zion Spring Baptist Church where she serves as a youth usher, attends Bible class and goes Christmas caroling at the nursing homes in the area.
Kendre' is also a senior at FPHS. He is the son of Eric and Bobbie Ignont and Henry and Dequanna Rose. He has a 3.75 grade point average and is a member of Beta, FBLA and FCS and the Explorer's Club. He is also the captain of the basketball team and plays baseball.
Kendre' is undecided on which college he will attend in the fall, but plans to major in business management.
He is an active member of New Vision Baptist Church were he serves as an usher and is a junior deacon.
Miss Bianca Briana Teats was selected as runner-up to Miss Black Heritage. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Teats and has a 3.9 grade point average.
Mack Robinson was selected as runner-up to Mr. Black Heritage. His parents are Mr. Mack and Mrs. Sandra Robinson. He has a 3.0 grade point average.
Other participants in the competition were LaPortisca Elise Price and Matthew Eugene Hartford.
The organization honored Mrs. Maria Brown Fields, the Rev. Deacue Fields Jr. and the late Mrs. Eva Lee Swayzer as žUnsung Heroes.Ó Mrs. Linda Miles Short introduced the honorees and plaques were presented by Miss Deborah Miles and Mrs. Juanitia D. Lawrence.
A "Special Recognition" plaque was presented to Mrs. Beatrice Winters Jones by Mrs. Grace Walker Blount for her dedicated services and loyal support to her husband, the late Mr. Mose Jones for his many outstanding services performed in the community.
The Rev. Lionel D. Wilson introduced the keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Fredrick D. Jones.
Jones is a 1978 graduate of Winnsboro High School and is the son of the late Mose Jones and Mrs. Jones. He earned a bachelor of liberal arts degree in pre-law from Northeast Louisiana University (ULM) in 1983. In 1991 he enrolled in law school at Southern University in Baton Rouge and earned his juris doctorate degree in 1994.
Jones is a business law and ethics professor at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., a practicing attorney and Christian author.
Jones, in his motivational address, encouraged the audience to think with an open mind and ponder on these 10 choices to make; Christ, conversations, company, companion, conflicts, clothes, career, credit score, child's name, and change.
He instructed the audience to begin to make choices for themselves and then ask God for guidance in whatever they plan to do.
He challenged them to make the step from within to choose to change. He emphasized that making the right choices was the key to a proud past and promising future.
Others on the program were Mrs. Leola Allen Thomas, mistress of ceremonies; the Rev. Kenneth Blackson, invocation; Mrs. Dorothy Swayzer Lumpkin, occasion/welcome; Miss Nettie B. Brown, Mrs. LaTanga Blackson and Mrs. Berdinia Ludley, music; Youth of Cathedral of Love and Faith and Reginald Scott Entertainment; the Rev. Herman E. Harris Sr., blessing; Mrs. Mabel Lawrence Thomas, remarks and presentation; the Rev. Deacue Fields Jr., benediction; Otis Thomas, the Rev. John D. Lawrence and Burnell Richardson, door prize.
Mrs. Thomas, president, and members of the Black Heritage Organization thank all those contributing to the success of the event.