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Grady Young Foundation awards 16 scholarships to local students
James Hazzard III welcomes the guests of the 14th annual Grady Young Foundation scholarship annual banquet Saturday evening at Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School’s cafeteria in Gainesville. Sixteen students won scholarships from the foundation. - photo by HAILEY VAN PARYS

Sixteen young people were recognized Saturday evening by the Grady Young Foundation, Inc. for their hard work, good academic standing, positive attitudes and commitments to their community.

Each person will receive a scholarship from the foundation, the amount to be determined by April, director and program chairperson Gwenell Brown said.

“(The amount) changes every year,” Brown said.

Through its 14 years, the goal of the foundation has been to provide financial and spiritual support to local youth.

“We want to expand even more and help even more in the community,” president and CEO of the foundation Charles G. Young said.

The winners of the 14th annual Grady Young scholarships in attendance were Fair Street International Baccalaureate School fourth-grader Julian Andres and fifth-grader Yasmine Russell; New Holland Core Knowledge Academy fourth-grader Kaylin Parson; East Hall High ninth-grader Tynayia Peoples; and Gainesville Middle seventh-grader Alexis Rucker and eighth-graders Trinity Seegars, Alexyss Smith and T’Asia Robinson.

Eight honors were not in attendance at Saturday evening’s gala and scholarship presentation. They are Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy fifth-grader LaQuincy Cox; Gainesville High freshman Solomon Riley and sophomores Dadriana Osborne and Trinity Thornton, and juniors Bryanna Saddler, Myron Dabney and Jayla Williams; and Lakeview Academy senior Christen Copeland.

The foundation even helped the daughter of Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles score a scholarship. Niles was in attendance for the scholarship gala.

“Not every kid goes to college,” Niles said. “It seems like nobody cares. It’s my children, it’s your children.”

He implored the attendees to get involved in their kids lives and stay involved in their communities.

“We have a voice. Let’s do more,” Niles said.

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