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August 22, 2014, 5:36 pm

Youth coalition celebrates student achievement

The Northwest Community Coalition for Youth celebrated students who had perfect attendance at area schools.

This took place at the Third Annual NCCY Awards ceremony at the Imhotep Charter High School, 6201 N. 21st St. in East Germantown, on Saturday. On hand were students, parents, teachers, and administrators as well as State Rep. Dwight Evans of West Oak Lane and NCCY members.

While the focus was on the “Don’t Skip Awards” given to dozens of students, two local youth vocalists showed of their prowess. While Courtney Williford, a student at St. Athanasius School in West Oak Lane, displayed that she had powerful raw talent, 13-year old Zymir Brunson, a seventh grader at the West Oak Lane Charter School, mesmerized the crowd.

“I want to first congratulate especially the parents, who guaranteed that their children didn’t skip school,” Evans said. “Please give yourselves a hand. The biggest hand, however, goes to the young people. Isabel (Fitzgerald) and members of NCCY along with all the community leaders who put this together should also be thanked.

“NCCY is a community group that supports local households and works with the schools,” he added. “We all have an obligation to take part in the effort to assure that we work with our young people. We all have to address the issues and problems in our community. We should all take some responsibility in this effort.”

One of the highlights of the program was when Fitzgerald, who serves as NCCY’s co-chair along with Imhotep principal M. Christine Wiggins, and Evans unveiled the official 2012 “I Don’t Skip” poster. The students honored were able to take a photograph with Power 99 personality DJ Diamond Kutz. Each year students get to take a photograph with a person with a citywide reputation, according to Kyasha Tyson.

This year’s NCCY Student Community Service Awards went to students from the New Media Technology Charter School for its 2012 Anti-Bullying Skit Challenge. NCCY trainer and anti-bullying initiator, Elethia Gay and Troy Allen respectively, received the Good Neighbor Awards. Police captains Joel Dales of the 14th Police District and John McCloskey of the 35th Police District receive the Crusader for Peace Award.

“I would like to congratulate all the young people who came to school every day this past school year,” Fitzgerald said in the closing remarks. “We look forward to next year when more will volunteer with our Safe Corridors program. We want more students to provide us with good news and we look forward to seeing all these students (honored) back again next year.”