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Brytnie Jones (left) Janel Scissom both Emersseniors perform driving while texting skit during Urban League Northwest Indiana's 17th Annual Scholastic

Brytnie Jones (left) and Janel Scissom, both Emerson seniors, perform a driving while texting skit during the Urban League of Northwest Indiana's 17th Annual Scholastic Achievement Awards Luncheon at the Radisson in Merrillville, Ind. Tuesday April 23, 2013. The program focused on a no-texting while driving campaign, as well as, academic awards and scholarships. | Stephanie Dowell~Post-Tribune

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Scholarship winners

Eloise Gentry Scholarship: Alanna Hearon, West Side Leadership Academy; Matrika Laster, Chesterton High School, and Daraus Starks, Marquette-Catholic; $500 each. Sheriff John Buncich Scholarship: Jennifer Diaz, Gavit, and Destini Anderson, Wirt-Emerson Visual Performing Arts Academy, $500 each. Rev. Dr. Norman L. Hairston, Sr. Scholarship: Darian Patton, Merrillville High School, $1,000. Dr. Mary Steele-Agee Scholarship: Allison Nolan, Griffith High School, $1,000. Rogelio “Roy” Dominguez Scholarship: Arielle Martin, Munster High School, and Jennifer Diaz, Gavit, $500 each. Bernard C. Watson Scholarship: Denisha Golston, Lew Wallace STEM Academy; Alana Hearon, West Side; Brytnie Jones and Janel Scissom,Wirt-Emerson, and Andrea Wilbon, Roosevelt Career and Technology Academy; $500 each. Gary Frontiers Service Club scholarship recipient: Janel Scissom of Wirt-Emerson, $500. Salvation Army Scholarship: Karley Ahah Woodson of Merrillville High, $500. Carolyn B. Mosby Scholarship: Christopher Williams, West Side, $2,000; Clifton Somers, Hobart High School, Janel Scissom, Wirt-Emerson, Ariel Rodriguez, Hammond High, Maggie Szakacs, Munster High, William Raybon and Alanna Hearon, West Side, $500 each.

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Updated: June 9, 2013 6:05AM



The class of 2013 screamed and cheered during the Urban League of Northwest Indiana’s 17th annual Scholastic Achievement Awards Luncheon April 23 at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville as scholarships were given to some Lake, Porter and LaPorte county high school seniors.

One standout scholarship recipient was West Side Leadership Academy senior Christopher Williams, 18, of Gary. Williams received a $2,000 Carolyn B. Mosby Scholarship that is sponsored by NIPSCO.

Mosby was the first black NIPSCO employee in the 1960s and later became an Indiana state senator. Mosby died in 1991.

Williams is the only child of Charletta Williams. He said he is “very excited” about receiving the scholarship and that he’s worked hard to get good grades.

His mother said Christopher, who is autistic, went from being in special education to general education to a gifted-and-talented program over the years.

“Doctors said when he was a baby that he would not be able to do anything,” she said, “But God said something else.”

This year’s luncheon was sponsored by the Urban League, NIPSCO and State Farm Insurance. The latter also partnered with the Urban League to promote State Farm’s “No Texting While Driving” campaign.

“One text or one call can end it all,” State Farm Insurance agent Sharon Chambers of Gary said. More information on the program is at www.teendriving.statefarm.com.



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