BY C.S. HOWARD
The St. Petersburg District Board of Christian Education Scholarship Committee, West Coast Conference of the 11th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church held its Annual Jeremiah Clark Scholarship Banquet - A Salute to Mothers on Friday, May 6th at Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton. Graduating seniors from across the District were recognized for their accomplishments.
Graduates who were present at the banquet were A’Rielle Snead and Jacqueline Packer. A’Rielle graduated from Boca Ciega High School where she was a varsity cheerleader for football and basketball, a member of the Multi-Cultural Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and was a mentor to a 9th grade student. She will attend Florida A&M University and plans to major in Nursing. Packer graduated from East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs where she was active in the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Believers, Students Against Destructive Decisions, President of the Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, Student Government Association, on track and field and the girls varsity basketball team for two years. Jacqueline was also active in the Academy of Business Careers where she became certified in Microsoft Word. She will attend Florida A&M University to earn a degree in Business Administration. She would like to work for the FBI in the Violent Crimes Against Children Division. She is the daughter of Jack and Terri Packer of Oldsmar.
The featured entertainment showcase of artists in motion was provided by Greatness Beyond Measure, which creates and promotes rewarding opportunities that foster growth and maturity in the lives of the young, talented and gifted. Entertainment was produced by Melanie Thomas, executive producer.
Jeremiah Clark was an educator in the Sarasota County school system where he worked as a classroom instructor and administrator and was a mentor to hundreds of students in Sarasota County. He was a member of Greater Hurst Chapel A.M.E. Church where he was member of the Steward Board, Trustee Board, senior choir, Board of Christian Education and the Lay organization. He was also active on the district level and was a founding member of “Up With People”, an organization that raised and contributed thousands of dollars to the church. The scholarship banquet, which pays homage to mothers, was in his own words, the “event of the year.”
District Scholarship Banquet coordinators were Christine Clark and Karen Chester. Rev. Keturah D. Pittman is Director of Christian Education for the District.