At the Henry County NAACP branch’s recent Freedom Fund Banquet, $3,000 in scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors Breanna Ross of Stockbridge High School and Morgan Baker and Joia Herman of Woodland High.

The non-renewable college scholarships are based on academic achievement and financial need.

About 250 attendees were at the Merle Manders Conference Center in Stockbridge for the annual event.

Lisa Smith of Georgia Power served as the honorary chair.

The Rev. Charles L. White Jr., former national NAACP director, rendered a keynote speech on the theme Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice.

The branch also bestowed honors to:

Toni Holmes, Spirit Award.

Alphonso Thomas, Carrie Mae Hambrick Community Service Award.

Dutchtown High School, Education Award.

Paul Saffell of Woodland High, Youth Award.

Saffell and other Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics’ students of Henry County Schools were recognized for their achievement at the state ACT-SO competition.

The students will compete at the NAACP’s 107th annual convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, in July.

They are Woodland’s Paige Davis, Jacklyn Lambert, Justin Lambert, Gary Reid Jr. and Simeon Webb; Dutchtown High School’s Vidal Butler, Florence Gaillard of Eagle’s Landing High and Bobby Sandimane III of Stockbridge High.

Information: www.henrycountyganaacp.com

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