Several students from the South Intensive Transition School recently found themselves in the midst of nearly 1,000 participants of the Men of Excellence Awards Gala in West Palm Beach which featured celebrity social justice activist Reverend Al Sharpton. The Convention Center event featured awards to outstanding men for going above and beyond providing extraordinary service to the community. South Intensive Principal Dr. Voncia Haywood collaborated with College/Career Readiness Coach Alma Horne to facilitate student participation at the event with the keynote presentation by the notable Reverend Sharpton.
His remarks emphasized the importance of education and serving the community; staying true to and loving “self” but extending that love to family and others; the crucial need to be a registered voter and fulfilling the responsibility to actually vote; and finally the importance of having a foundation of faith and a spirit of forgiveness. Dr. Haywood said it was clear from remarks students made after the gala that Reverend Sharpton made quite an impact. “They commented on his intelligence and used words such as ‘profound, prolific, and dynamic orator’ and clearly they wanted more,” she stated. The school administrator added that the students were also impressed by the number of men present who were noted professionals and volunteers in Palm Beach County.
The Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., in partnership with the Delta Heritage Foundation partnership, recognized the following outstanding men of the community –most of whom have had a variety of involvement with schools and students around the District: 1)The Arts Award- Reginald Asberry, vocalist and pianist, Director of Music, Orthodox Zion Church; 2)The Business Executive Award-Bruce N. Lewis, principal, L.B. Limited & Associates; 3)The Education Award- Bradley G. Harper, Esq., Olds, Stephens & Harper, P.A.; 4)The Health and Wellness Award- Avery T. Siders, community liaison, Hospice of Palm Beach County; 5)The Humanitarian Award- Paul A. Nunnally, founder, Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Bch County; 6)The Social Action Award- Reverend Kevin Jones, minister for Youth and Young Adults, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church; 7) Keeper of the Torch Award -Organization Award- The Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network.
For more information, please contact Dr. Haywood at 561-644-2791 or email Voncia.email@example.com.