31 honored at Hagerstown YMCA Black Achievers awards gala

March 29, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- Honors were bestowed upon three adults and 28 teens Saturday at the Hagerstown YMCA Black Achievers annual awards gala at Fountain Head Country Club.

Praising the three adult honorees for their achievements in the community, Alfonso Mitchell, president of the Black Achievers steering committee, reserved his highest kudos for the young people.

"This year's group of teens looks like they know where they are going," Mitchell said.

Through a series of classes, workshops, field trips and other activities, Mitchell explained the teens were introduced to the skills they will need to succeed in their adult lives.

"We toured the Washington County Hospital, traveled to Washington, D.C., and saw the Underground Railroad," said Deborah Phillips, director of the Black Achievers.


More than 200 YMCAs nationwide have adopted the concept for Black Achievers, which strives to link successful minority professionals with youth in a mentoring climate.

This year's adult achievers serve as those mentors and role models to the area teen achievers.

  • Ed Dorsey is plant manager of GBC Films Group in Hagerstown and has been instrumental in setting up plants in Europe, Asia and elsewhere in North America.

    Involved in youth sports, Dorsey was president of the Hagerstown Black Achievers for three years. He is praise and worship team leader at the Church of Christ at Hagerstown.

  • Angela Rollins has worked for First Data for 22 years and is currently a production support analyst manager.

    Her community activities include being a board member at Memorial Recreation Center, working with the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and she is active at Greater Campher Temple.

  • Dr. Kia Tisdale is a Texas native who came to Washington County in 2006 to accept a medical practice at Women's Specialty Associates at Robinwood Medical Center.

    She has been active in women's health forums and serves as medical adviser on the Sisters Helping Sisters board.

    The program is open to students in grades 7 to 12, exposing them to educational, career and social opportunities otherwise not available to them.

    Mitchell pointed out that 65 percent of teens involved in the Black Achievers go on to college.

    Teen winners are:

  • North Hagerstown High School -- Shakira Doleman, Martrice McCall, Dominique and Dominic Burford, Darius Garment, Kirkston Mitchell, Akatahi Osongo and Eseka Osongo

  • South Hagerstown High School -- Melvin Bowers, Jasmine Thompson, Eric Phillips, Krisandra Davis, Jeff Williams and Brianna Stevens

  • Boonsboro High School -- Lloydette Taylor-Thompson and Shaniqua Walker

  • Williamsport High School -- Rehema Emanuel

  • Martinsburg (W.Va.) High School -- Jasmine Washington, Jalissa Washington and Jatia Washington

  • E. Russell Hicks Middle School -- Santana Stevens, Aaron McFarland and Shyann Davis

  • Northern Middle School -- Dominique Green and Michael Franklin

  • Western Heights Middle School -- KiYanna Bynum

  • Home-schooled -- Tymon Cameron

  • R. Ashley Walker-Luster (school unlisted)

    List provided by the Hagerstown YMCA

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