Boys & Girls Club Honors Outstanding Members

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Photo courtesy of Katherine Bellamy
College-bound students honored at the Durham Boys & Girls Club’s Signing Day event include, from left to right: Malik Frazier (Johnson & Wales University), Rashad Dixon (Fork Union Military Academy), Jerod Bradley (East Carolina University), J’Quan Deal (Methodist University), Tamia Williams (Johnson C. Smith University), Jordan Beale (Concord University), Rahjiq Brown (North Carolina A&T State University), AJ Davis (Fayetteville Technical Community College) and Deshone Hicks (Fayetteville Technical Community College). Not pictured: Isaiah Reddish (Barton College), KeShon White (Durham Technical Community College), Javier Rogers (Washington Preparatory Academy), Tahj Small (Mt. Zion Prep), Omri Moore (Johnson C. Smith University), Ebon Jay (Livingstone College).

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Durham hosted its annual “Youth Can Count on Me” banquet on May 23 to celebrate members’ successes. The banquet included a “College Bound” signing event recognizing 15 graduating seniors, including some who will be the first in their families to attend college.

Several are the recipients of basketball scholarships. During the banquet, Jennifer Aguilar, Joshua Carroway, Natalie Mendoza and Cameron McCauley received the Emanuel Croslan Award for courage and compassion. The Durham Police Department recognized Tiyanna Downey for exhibiting positive leadership skills. The award for Youth of the Year was given to Tamia Williams, a senior headed to Johnson C. Smith University. The banquet also recognized students for achievements such as A/B honor roll, Male and Female Athletes of the Year, and more.

“Our club is made up of students of color," says says Katherine Bellamy, public relations and outreach coordinator for The Salvation Army of Durham, Orange and Person Counties. "Eighty percent are black, 15 percent are Hispanic and 4 percent are biracial — living in a world that is not giving them an easy path to success, but they are doing it anyway.”


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