Saturday, August 1, 2015

H’COLA Holds 5th Annual Honor Student Luncheon Today

Elementary School Students Honored Front Row (L-R): Khambrel Anthony,
Robyn Jones, Micah Edwards Nehemiah Robinson, Maleah Croom and Zariah Harvey

The Hillside Coalition of Laborers for Apalachicola, Inc. (HCOLA) held its 5th Annual Honor Student Luncheon today inside the beautifully restored Historic Holy Family Senior Citizen Center.

The annual program recognizes and honors the academic achievement of Franklin County School students in elementary, middle and high school that live within the Hill Community.

The program moderated by Pastor David Walker kicked off with remarks from Elinor Mount-Simmons, President of H’COLA, followed by the invocation from Pastor Barry Hand and a greeting to the honor students by Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson.

Middle School Students Honored Front Row (L-R): Arryonna Cargill and Beyla Walker

“You have been invited to be here this morning because you are considered to be the best of the best, as demonstrated by the simple fact that you are here and the rest of your classmates are not”, said Johnson.

Franklin County School Superintendent Nina Marks, Franklin County School Board Member Teresa Ann Martin, Harolyn Walker, Assistant Principal at Franklin County School and Chimene Johnson, Principal at the Apalachicola Bay Charter School were all in attendance and addressed the students being honored during the program.

High School Student Honored: Aaliyah West

The Elementary School students honored for academic excellence in the classroom that were in attendance included, Khambrel Anthony, Robyn Jones, Micah Edwards, Nehemiah Robinson, Maleah Croom, and Zariah Harvey.  In the middle school category the students honored that attended were Arryonna Cargill and Beyla Walker and in the high school category Aaliyah West, a graduate of Franklin County High School Class of 2015, class treasurer and salutatorian also received the H’COLA honor, which included certificates of appreciation. West also performed an inspirational dance during the program and is an upcoming freshman at the University of Florida.

The Motivational Message to the honored students was delivered by Jathan Martin, a 2014 graduate of Franklin County High School, class president and salutatorian. Martin now attends Florida A&M University where he has already reached junior class status.