Monday, June 29, 2009

Tigers Program Awards Ceremony

The Friends of the Franklin County Public Library held their fourth annual special award ceremony dinner last night June 28, before a capacity crowd inside the Eastpoint Firehouse.

The Library’s youth program staff put the ceremony together as a means to recognize local graduating high school seniors who participated in their Tigers and Kit programs.

Featured guest speakers were Majken Peterzen an accomplished artist out of Tallahassee, and Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson.

Kenny Turner and New Breed provided live musical entertainment while the guest enjoyed a multi-course dinner along with dessert.

The above graduating seniors received special achievement awards, from left to right: Ka’Trisha Williams, Patrick Jones, Andrew Gurganus, Chelsea Soderholm, Tomilee Dowden and Brianna Gordon. Not shown: Asenath Thomas, Charles Goggins and Sarah Hadsock.

The Franklin County Department of Health Tobacco Prevention Program sponsored the ceremony, with Sybil Kemper on hand to present goodies bags to the graduates.

The Library’s Tigers program is funded through a grant from the Gulf Coast Workforce Board and the Kit program is funded by a Title II grant from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

The youth program staff includes Eileen Annie-Ball, Bijan Neshat, Carol Barfield, Bonny Ball, Suzanne Creamer, Joan Matey, and Betty Prince.

Photo and video taken by Gail D. Johnson