African-American Youth Achievement Awards recognize Evanston students

D65 and D202 students honored at AAYA awards. (Evanston Photographic/Genie Lemieux photo)

Evanston Township High School hosted the 22nd annual African-American Youth Achievement Awards on Feb. 7 to honor 38 African-American students from ETHS and District 65, recognizing their daily actions that pay homage to the visions and legacy of African-American pioneers.

2019 AAYA recipients

Evanston Township High School

  • Lys Acacia
  • Beyonce Bailey
  • Dystonae Clark
  • Demarcus Dennison
  • Donald Gibbs
  • Darius Johnson
  • Sarah Parisien
  • Elisa Walker

Middle Schools

Chute

  • William Campbell
  • Ava Moseley

Haven

  • Jahvar Quire
  • Ariana Williams

Nichols

  • Tyler Shaun Alexander
  • Sadaya Deeble

District 65 Elementary and Magnet Schools

Bessie Rhodes

  • Olaitan Dada
  • Cecily Jordan

Dawes

  • Noah Nelson
  • Hani Ramos

Dewey

  • Teshawna Rhaburn
  • Arnon Timms    

King Arts

  • Tyler Dobson
  • Shaneil Henderson

Kingsley

  • Abdul Ouedraogo
  • Kayla Strickland

Lincoln

  • Anna Iwuagwu
  • Carter McIntosh

Lincolnwood

  • Dylan Quire
  • Rhiana Ruddock

Oakton

  • Cross Mitchell
  • Elyse Pinckney

Orrington

  • Jakyra Lockhart
  • Edouard Josef Millner

Walker

  • Ethan Carpenter
  • Skylar Lomax

Washington

  • Ashlee Murray
  • Billy Price

Willard

  • Eleanor Ghogomu
  • Micah Smith

As part of the AAYA program, the Living Legend-Trailblazer Award honors African-American Evanstonians for their leadership and community contributions that encourage and inspire African-American youth. The 2019 recipient of the Living Legend-Trailblazer Award is Hecky Powell, founder and owner of Hecky’s Barbecue.

The AAYA program is part of a Black History Month initiative and was sponsored by the Ivy Pearl Foundation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Chi Omega Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Evanston North Shore Alumnae Chapter, Family Focus Evanston, Dr. Gilo Kwesi Logan, The Joe “Butch” Martin Fund, Northwestern University, McGaw YMCA, NAACP, Omega Pi Zeta of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Shorefront and Gerri Sizemore, in conjunction with Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202.

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