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Men of Tomorrow scholarships issued


Men of Tomorrow Foundation celebrated its 17th anniversary and held its annual scholarship banquet May 18, at Oak Ridge Mall Cumberland Room.

Graduating seniors received a scholarship, laptop computer and Men of Tomorrow paraphernalia. Awards were also given for outstanding advertisement, outstanding attendance and outstanding newsletter article.

Nine graduates in the Men of Tomorrow Program were awarded scholarships at the banquet. Winifred Bedford attended Oak Ridge High School and is the daughter of Pamela Pettus Bedford; Ryan Emory attended Farragut High School and is the son of Samuel and Rosa Thomas; Willie D. Graham III attended ORHS and is the son of Karen Galloway and Willie Graham; Shayla Jackson attends Webb School of Knoxville and is the daughter of Frederick and Barbara Jackson; Brandon Jones attended ORHS and is the son of Tonja Fugate; Darryl Miller attended ORHS and is the son of Anthony and Janice Miller; Gaston Mitchell attended ORHS and is the son of Tatia Harris and Joseph Mitchell; Clarence Threat attended ORHS and is the son of Clarence and Angela Threat and Reginald and Tina Porter; and Ernest Whitaker II attended Webb and is the son of Ernest and Shelia Whitaker.

Keynote speaker for the affair was Tony Jones, associate head coach for The University of Tennessee menís basketball program. Jones shared his education life experiences with the students and provided suggestions on being successful in the academic arena. He stressed the importance of teamwork.

Master of Ceremonies for the banquet was Lee Sloan. Sloan is a graduate of Oak Ridge High School and is a graduate of the Men of Tomorrow Program. He is currently the president of National Fitness Center.

The Men of Tomorrow Program is a mentoring program that promotes the development of a good self-image, academic achievement and cultural development among youth.

The program was established in 1990 and has awarded scholarships to deserving young men and women since its existence. All activities of the Men of Tomorrow Program are supported through generous contributions from businesses and the community.

It is open to young men and young women in the surrounding area, from sixth- through 12th-grade and currently has more than 60 participants. Men of Tomorrow Kick-off meeting for the 2007-2008 school year will be the third Sunday in September. For additional information on this program, call 865-482-1521 or e-mail menoftomorrow@att.net.

 

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