Community Corner: PMSA Students Show Off Literary Chops | 10 Leaders Receive ‘Harambee Awards’

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Students perform, and a large crowd looks on, during a literary festival held at PMSA on April 13. The festival featured spoke word performance and film screenings, among other student-led activities. | Courtesy Proviso Math and Science Academy 

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Last month, students at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy in Forest Park participated in a student-driven literary festival, where students read or performed their own spoke word, traditional poetry, soliloquies from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and excerpts of their own short stories.

The April 13 festival, which attracted nearly 200 attendees, also featured screenings of student-created literary films.

“It was a successful event and a supportive environment for the students sharing their ideas, projects, and writing,” said PMSA English teacher Audrey Kane. “We hope to continue the tradition next year and would like to encourage community members to attend, as well.”

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‘Top Ladies’ give out annual Harambee Awards 

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During an April 29 ceremony at the Best Western Hotel in Hillside, the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. Ebony Chapter hosted its annual Harambee Awards and Fashion Show.

“This year we are honoring 10 individuals for their work with youth, seniors as well as our communities,” said Top Lady member Mattie Sue Scott Robinson.

Among the recipients were (pictured from left to right): Randall McFarland, Isiah Brandon, Barbara Cole and Vernell Brown.

All 10 recipients of this year’s Harambee Awards include:

Vernell Brown

Sen. Kimberly Lightford

Barbara Cole

Isiah Brandon

Rajeska Jackson

Randall McFarland

Maggie Dodd

Kevin McClinton

John Robinson

Tyrone Wilson

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