Spotlight Shines on Georgia’s Ethnic Male Youth

Contact: Colored Rocks Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@coloredrocks.org

Phone: 404-57-ROCKS (76257)


Spotlight Shines on Georgia’s Ethnic Male Youth

Colored Rocks Prize Recipients Announced for 2015

 

ATLANTA, GA (March 26, 2015)The Colored Rocks Foundation honored 14 seniors from high schools throughout Georgia on March 21, 2015 at CNN Studios in downtown Atlanta. 

The 2015 class of Colored Rocks came from as far away as Savannah and Colquitt, Georgia. Honorees also represent Acworth, Dunwoody, East Point, Lithonia, Rabun-Gap, Smyrna, Snellville and Suwanee. Four honorees reside in Atlanta.This is the year of the athlete, with 7 of the 14 honorees excelling in a sport. Honorees also include a congressional intern, three student body presidents, a nonprofit organization founder and CEO, an eagle scout, an aspiring gospel hip-hop rap artist and a tutor from one of Georgia’s top performing high schools.

One premise of the award is that honorees must help develop their struggling peers. Prize recipients do everything from exposing at-risk students to Mandarin Chinese, to holding a shadow day to introduce middle school students to high school, to helping students think critically by teaching them the game of chess.

“With all the negative press focused on minority males, especially African-American males, we appreciate this opportunity to shine a brilliant light on some of the brightest stars from this group”, said Cheryl Dukes, founder and executive director of the Colored Rocks Foundation. “Colored Rocks are our future leaders and they are creating value in the trenches where we need it the most.”

This is the fourth year the Colored Rocks Foundation has awarded the Colored Rocks Prize to outstanding ethnic male students. The goal of the foundation is to shine a brilliant light on distinguished male students of color and use them as role models and mentors to develop their struggling peers. See more about the Colored Rocks Prize and read personal stories of award winners at www.facebook.com/coloredrocks.

Complete List of 2015 Colored Rocks Prize Honorees (Name, School, Home Town):

Christopher Adames, Rabun-Gap Nacoochee School, Rabun-Gap – Devin Hall, Riverwood Int’l Charter School, East Point – Kingston Handley, Chamblee Charter HS, Dunwoody – Alario Harris, Stephenson HS, Lithonia – Donovan Harris, Therrell HS, Atlanta – Jason Heslup, Maynard Jackson HS, Atlanta – Tyrone Holmes, Alfred Ely Beach HS, Savannah – Leo Malinao, Miller County HS, Colquitt – Remington McCutcheon, Campbell HS, Smyrna – Noah McGee, Kipp Atlanta Collegiate HS, Atlanta – Fahim Salewala, Brookwood HS, Snellville – Isaiah Starks, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee – Peter Wilborn, Westlake HS, Atlanta – Archie Wilson, Dominion Christian HS, Marietta                                                ###

About the Colored Rocks Prize

The Colored Rocks Prize, awarded annually by the Colored Rocks Foundation, aims to shine a brilliant light on Georgia’s top male high school students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. All students chosen for this honor have committed to help at least one — but oftentimes many more — struggling, high-risk students improve a problem area and inspire them to graduate. Since its inception 4 years ago, the Colored Rocks Foundation has awarded $20,000 in funds to previous recipients, recognized 60 of Georgia’s outstanding students who personally helped more than 400 at-risk students improve their path to high school graduation, and inspired hundreds more with peer-to-peer counseling and success tips. Donations to support the work of the Colored Rocks Foundation can be made at www.coloredrocks.org/donate.

Photo caption: 

L to R: Jason Heslup, Fahim Salewala, Archie Wilson, Tyrone Holmes, Noah McGee, Donovan Harris, Remington McCutcheon, Alario Harris, Kingston Handley, Devin Hall, Peter Wilborn, Leo Malinao, Isaiah Starks (not pictured: Christopher Adames)

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