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Sorority completes ASCEND program

The Kappa Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. recently completed its partnership with the Ladies of Distinction of Amelia High School through its ASCEND Program.

According to a press release, ASCEND is the signature youth enrichment program designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential. The release cited students who participated in the program had the opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or employment.

Some of the activities that the Ladies of Distinction/ASCEND students participating during the 2016-17 school year included attending the movie “Hidden Figures,” which included a dialogue session about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Activities also included participating in the Robotics Tech Session; wearing “pink on pink” at an Amelia High School basketball game to represent the American Heart Association as their school service project; visitation to an Amelia County Public School Division school board meeting where the students observed the proceedings and participated in a program of appreciation of school board members through music and serving as hostesses for a meet-and-greet social; participation in the black history program at the high school; participating in the college and employment readiness and preparation process; serving as hostesses and ushers at the veteran’s program honoring veterans from Amelia County and attending to a United Nations/U.S. informative session, officials said in the release.

The release cited during the Amelia County High School’s Senior Awards Night, 11 ASCEND students received certificates of completion from the sorority and a monetary gift was given to a STEM student for their STEM project.

The sponsors of the ASCEND program are sorority members Linda Whitehead, Mary M. Smith, Jackie Gooden-Seay, Bobbie Holman, Dana Ratliffe-Walker, Sonia Evans, Katrice Pennington and Avis Gresby.