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Cheltenham chapter of the NAACP Awarded Four Scholarships to Area High School
The Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP which serves Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Springfield,
Plymouth Meeting and Whitemarsh Townships, awarded four $500.00 scholarships to students from
our area at their 16th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner, Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Flourtown
Country Club 150 McCloskey Road, Flourtown Pennsylvania.
Ben Hasan, Chief Culture, Diversity and
Inclusion Officer from Wal – mart Stores,
The Keynote Speaker at the Annual Freedom Fund
Awards Dinner was Ben Hasan, Chief Culture,
Diversity and Inclusion Officer from Wal – mart
Stores, Inc. Ben Hasan joined Walmart in 2008, and
previously served as senior vice president Strategic
Services in Walmart Technology. In this role he and
his team were responsible for ISD Strategy,
Communication, Innovation, ISD Vendor
Management, Project Management Office, Business
Analysis, GTS – India & Mexico and Quality
Assurance. Ben Hasan joined the Global People team
as Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer in
In this global role Ben and his team are
responsible for the continued development of the
healthy evolution of the company's culture, the
development of behaviors that embrace diversity and
inclusion at all levels of the company and the
promotion of the company's external reputation as a
great place to work.
Angela D. Bell, Esqurie is currently employed as the Community Mobilizer for Communities That Care, in Norristown and Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. During her tenure as Community Mobilizer she has provided technical assistance and training in community mobilization and Board/Coalition governance and structure to numerous collaborative partners.
Ms. Bell's dutiesant-drug and social arketing campaigns, in addition to implementation and evaluation of national model substance abuse prevention programs. also include the development and mplementation of ant-drug and social marketing campaigns, in addition
to implementation and evaluation of national model
substance abuse prevention programs.
Judith I. Dalton, associate dean for Institutional
Diversity, will be honored by the Cheltenham NAACP
on June 26 as the recipient of the 2016 Educational
Achievement Award for her work promoting cultural
diversity in school communities.
According to the Cheltenham NAACP board:
“[Dalton's] passion for the educational enterprise,
institutional diversity, the welfare of students, faculty,
and the community at-large have convinced the
NAACP that she is most deserving of the award.”
Dalton received the award at the 16th annual Freedom
Fund Awards Dinner at the Flourtown Country Club
The Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP winners of the 2016 NAACP Essay Competition held in
April at the four individual high schools. The students were Briana Morales from Cheltenham,
Kennedy Jackmon Jenkintown, Ayreeona Wright Plymouth – Whitemars, and Zaria Clifton from
Springfield High School.
|Briana Morales, Cheltenham High School Sponsored by The Most Excellent Grand
Chapter, Holy Royal Arch Masons. A senior at Cheltenham High School.
Throughout high school I have remained a member of the Black Scholars
Program for all four years. With the help of my numerous extracurricular
activities I was able to create close friendships
and relationships with my peers and teachers. One of my teacher relationships
has influenced me to pursue my major in nursing at West Chester University. My
life goal has always been to give back to my community, and what better way to
do that, than by working in the medical field and assisting sickly people while
researching cures for deadly diseases. I look forward to starting my college career at West Chester
|Kennedy Jackmon, Jenkintown High School
, Sponsored by The Harvey L. Crudup
Memorial Scholarship Fund. A senior at Jenkintown High School. I went to
Cheltenham High School for most of my high school career until 11th grade, and
then I transferred to Catasauqua High School for 6 months, and then came to
live in Jenkintown. I am a part of the World Language Honor Society, National
Young Leaders Society, and National Honor Society. When I was in Cheltenham, I was a part of the Black Scholars Program and Black Student
Union, which were an honor to be in as well. In the fall, I am excited to attend
Drexel University where I will major in Political Science. My ultimate goal is to
become a Specialized Agent in the FBI, a dream I have had since I was a little girl.
|Zaria Clifton, Springfield High School, Sponsored by Frederica D. Hale and
Monique Hale Bagby in memory of their father, Frederick Hale. I am 19 years old
and was born in North Carolina, although during my youth I moved around a
lot. I have lived in Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and of course, Pennsylvania.
I presently live in Springfield Township and am attending
Springfield High School. I am the current President of the Voices of Excellence
Group--a minority group whose foundation is built on striving to enhance the
already existing leadership skills in each individual. I have been a part of this group for nearly 5 years, and am also a member of many other clubs, including Youth and Government, and Human Right Alliance. My hobbies are: enjoying
poetry, music, and just experiencing life with good company. My plans after High School are to tackle
higher education while excelling to the top of my classes. I believe that to be the best, you have to
become a champion in everything you do.
|Ayreeona Wright, Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, Sponsored by Frederica
D. Hale and Monique Hale, Bagby in memory of their mother, Victoria Hale. I am
17 years old and was born and raised in Philadelphia. I live with my mother who
is a single mother of three. I currently attend Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
as a senior. I started in my 12th grade year, which was surprisingly difficult for
me, because I came in not knowing anyone. I was unable to participate in any
extracurricular activities because I worked after school to help my mom out at
home. After graduating this year, I will attend Shippensburg University in the
fall, which is located in Shippensburg, PA. I am very confident that my
experiences through high school will help me during my next four years in
college. Majoring in premedicine I plan on becoming a surgical technician after college.
In addition to the monetary awards, students received Certificates of Congratulations from their
respective state senators, Daylin Leach, and Art Haywood. Additionally, the NAACP saluted a
number of individuals for their generous and devoted service to the community and unwavering
support of the tenets promulgated by the NAACP.