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ELIZABETHTOWN — More than 100 people met at the Paul R. Brown Building when the B laden County Training School-Bladen Central High School Alumni Association celebrated its 31st annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 7.


The program began with the presentation of colors by cadets from The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. Mistress of ceremony Minnie Price called on Vince Rozier, chaplain of the group, for an invocation. President Dorothy McKoy welcomed the group and gave an update. Entertainment was provided by Ronald Highsmith from Cary, and Catherine Autry gave a Necrology report.


After a delicious meal, catered by Cindy Rhodie, Delores Wade introduced Rev. Priscilla L. Jackson as Keynote Speaker. Rev. Jackson, interim pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Council, and instructor at Fayetteville State University, spoke on the need for unity in the community. She gave a scenario on how the problem of one person when not taken seriously by others in the community could lead to problems for the entire community.


A total of $4,000 in scholarships were awarded at the banquet. Paul R. Brown Scholarships were given to: Garyelle McKoy, Alexis McLaughlin, and Janelle Rose. Brandon Rhodie received the James and Dollie Andrews Scholarship; Breanna Brodie received the Otis Graham Scholarship and Kenya Elliot received the Judge Vincent Rozier Jr. Scholarship. The Class of 1965 presented a scholarship to Tiyanna Robinson and the class of 1968 presented one to Arthur McKoy.


Awards were presented to the following: the Rev. Priscilla Jackson for Keynote Speaker; the Rev. Ronald Highsmith, pastor of Robinson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Roseboro, the Ministers Award; Bladen County’s Sheriff Prentis Benston, the Citizenship Award; and Jean Thornton, the Service to the Alumni Award.


Hattie Gilliard introduced the officers and advisory board and Helen Hollis and Nettie Cromartie recognized the classes. The class of 1962 received the certificate for having the most in attendance. All persons attending for the first time also received certificates.


President McKoy recognized and thanked all sponsors for their financial support of the Scholarship Drive. The night ended with a Benediction and the retirement of colors by the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy’s cadets.

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