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North County Churches Organization Honors Area Students

North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU) is holding its third annual Youth Appreciation Awards Banquet in the May Center of DePaul Health Center on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.

This year NCCU will be giving 15 awards to outstanding students in various categories.  “Each year, we select students from various school districts who are role models for their fellow students. We hear a great deal about those students who are having problems; therefore, we wanted to highlight some of the vast majority of students who are doing wonderful things in their schools,” said NCCU President Rance Thomas.  The following students will be receiving awards in the following categories:

High School Academic Awards

Nicholas Bolden, Hazelwood East High School

Lee Andre Fuqua, Hazelwood West High School

Kristi Kohler, McCluer High School

High School Athletic Achievement Awards

Tyler Branneky, Luther High School North

Natalie Pattin, McCluer North High School

Kristi Strobbe, McCluer High School

High School Artistic Achievement Awards

Melanie Gray, McCluer South-Berkeley High School

Jade Hillery, McCluer High School

Hailey Shoemaker, Luther North High School

High School Community Service/Exemplary

Citizenship Awards

Albert Hammons, Trinity Catholic High School

Andrew Johnson, McCluer High School

Vitalia Vargo, Lutheran North High School

Middle School Academic Achievement Awards

Kam’Rom Battle, Hazelwood East Middle School

Daija Calmese, Ferguson Middle School

Rmani Gay, Hazelwood East Middle School

Keynote Speaker will be Terrence Freeman of St. Louis Community College of Florissant Valley. Tickets are $15 each and may be obtained from Barbara Thompson, 314 -780-4464.

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