Sorority Honors Student Achievers
Xi Chapter members, from left to right, Tamara Hamilton, Tatiana Parker and Andrea Gomez-Carter.

Sorority Honors Student Achievers

Several local students recently received awards for academic achievement from local chapter members of Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity during the sorority’s 50th annual Youth Achievement Luncheon.

The Xi Chapter of Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, an organization of graduate business and professional women established nationally in 1937, hosted its annual achievement luncheon Saturday, June 8, at the Syracuse Marriott Hotel, in conjunction with the Syracuse Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

The following awards were given to some of the community’s best and brightest young scholars:

Helena Sekarore of Nottingham High School received the Carolyn Tyler Memorial Award, a four-year renewable scholarship of $1,000 issued to a graduating African-American female high school student, and received the Lorraine Merrick Award, offered in memory of a former Syracuse City School District employee and long-time Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority member. The Merrick Award is given to an African-American female senior graduating from a city high school and accepted into either a trade school program, a two-year college or a four-year university.

Breonna Bell of Nottingham High School received The Greta Jones Award, offered in memory of a former Syracuse City School District employee and long-time Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority member. The award is given to an African-American female senior graduating from a city high school and accepted into either a trade school program, a two-year college or a four-year university.

Xi Chapter’s youth group, the Kopelles, recite a poem for attendees.

Additional Achievement Awards went to high school juniors or seniors in the areas of Art (fine art or performing), Sports, Science/Math and Community Service from either a city or a county high school. Scholars winners are:

Chy’la Peacock of Corcoran High School received the High School Achievement Award in the Arts.

My’kle Thomas of Corcoran High School received the High School Achievement Award in Sports.

Nathaniel Drako of Cicero-North Syracuse High School received the High School Achievement Award in Science.

Anisa Williams of Christian Brothers Academy received the High School Achievement Award for Community Service.

The sorority also presented Middle School Incentive awards to outstanding female and an outstanding male eighth graders in each Syracuse city middle and K-8 schools.

• Clary Middle School Awards were presented to: Iyanla Jennings and Randy Wilson

• Danforth Middle School Awards were presented to: Ciara Patterson and Da’von Cockrel

• Edwards Smith Middle School Awards were presented to: Chantria Kitchen and Jayon Dykes

• Expeditionary Learning Middle School Awards were presented to: Za’Myaa Williams and Preston Crouch

• Frazer Middle School Awards were presented to: Gianna Threat and Shueyb Aden Osman

• Grant Middle School Awards were presented to: Amaria Duvergel and Michael Boyd

• H.W. Smith Pk-8 Awards were presented to: Farhiya Mohammed and Shemia Clark

• Lincoln Middle School Awards were presented to: Kassandra Mitchell  and Malachi Barksdale

• Roberts Pre-K-8 School Awards were presented to: Aaliyah Green-Kirkland and Isaiah Bullock

• Westside Academy at Blodgett Awards were presented to: Keiasia Tyrell Hines and Jamuel Dunlap

The Syracuse Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi also presented awards to Rhys Flanagan and Aweys Mukoma in memory of Brothers M. Gilbert Kirkland and Merle R. Greene.

Members of the Xi Chapter of Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority.

Chartered in 1955, Xi Chapter of Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority has been working to enhance the quality of life in the Syracuse community by being a beacon in the areas of service to youth, women and families. In the last 50 years, the group has given more than $150,000 in incentives and awards to area scholars.

— The Stand Staff Report