Midlands students honored

February 22, 2014 

The Columbia Urban League honored more than 600 high school seniors Saturday as part of its 29th annual Young and Gifted Black History Month Program at Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia.

The state’s largest recognition of African-American student achievement, the program recognizes high school seniors who were nominated by their respective schools in Allendale, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland counties for maintaining a B average or above and their achievements in academics, the arts, leadership, technical education, and athletics.

“Achievement is one of the most defining and transforming legacies of Black History and is critical in today’s global economy, which is driven by high performance,” said James T. McLawhorn Jr., president and CEO of the Columbia Urban League.

Jeffrey Guy of Columbia, one of the leading orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians in the country, was the guest speaker.

-- From staff reports

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