On Sunday, May 20, the Madison Metropolitan Chapter of The Links, Inc. will hold its 27th Annual African American Student Recognition Celebration at East High School. Through this event, the Links, a public service organization of African American women, takes the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the academic achievement of African American students in the Madison and Beloit areas.      Elementary, middle and high school students were nominated by their schools for this recognition, and will be honored with certificates, and some with savings bonds, for academic excellence and progress. Parent      nominees will also be recognized for their involvement with their children's schools.
      Eight high school seniors will receive a $1,000 scholarship, to be presented at this program. Proceeds from the Links' Ebony Fashion Fair are used to fund these scholarships. In addition to their exceptional academic talent, with cumulative GPAs ranging from 3.3 to 3.7, these scholarship recipients have made extraordinary contributions to their school and communities through their volunteer and extracurricular activities.
      The 2007 recipients of The Madison Links Scholarships are:
ASHLEY CRAWFORD, East High School, is considering the UW-Madison and plans to become a physician specializing in family medicine. Among her several awards and activities are the South Madison Rotary Award, National Honor Society, varsity track team, Minority Student Achievement Network,      Information Technology Academy, French Club, Simpson Street Free Press Columnist and Teen Editor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church Homeless Meal Ministry, UW-Madison Research Apprentice Program, Presidential Scholar Award.
PEARL R. FRYE-JOPLIN, East High School, is considering Northern Illinois University, and eventually plans to go be a veterinarian or general physician. Pearl transferred to East as a senior from Seton Academy in South Holland, IL, but quickly adjusted and made her mark on East and Madison. Her activities include    East's Black Student Alliance, Hunger Walk 2006, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ethnic Awareness Club, and the Peer Mediation Club. At Seton Academy, Pearl was inducted into the National Honor Society, was involved in volleyball, track and basketball and volunteered at the South Shore Animal Clinic in Chicago.
LORI N. HARRIS, Shabazz High School, will be attending the UW-Madison with future plans to attend medical school and to practice in an underserved area of the world. Lori transferred to Shabazz for her senior year, having spent her first three years at Memorial High School. She is the recipient of a scholastic award from the Urban League of Greater Madison, a Women in Focus Scholarship and a Links certificate of achievement. She has volunteered at Oakwood Nursing Home, at the Boys & Girls Club, where she tutored, and with the Homeless Meals Program at the Villager Mall in South Madison.
CHUKWUMA M. OFFOR, LaFollette High School, is considering UW-Madison. His many extracurricular and community activities and achievements include: first place district medalistist in DECA, LaFollette Student of the Month and Athlete of the Month, varsity letters in track, basketball  and football, Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar, academic high honors, and the UW-Madison College of Engineering Research Apprentice Program. A previous Links certificate of achievement recipient, he also was a member  of the Minority Student Achievement Network.
OMOBOLAJOKO "Bola" OLANIYAN, Middleton High School, has been admitted to and is considering the University of Virginia, the UW-Madison, and the University of Minnesota. Bola was inducted as a      junior into the National Honor Society, and was inducted this year into the International Thespian Society. Her many school leadership activities include being stage manager for the high school's musical and  co-president of the Imagine Club, which educates students about sexual violence and domestic abuse. Bola is a viola player in the high school symphony orchestra and has played in venues worldwide. She also participates in an array of community volunteer activities while holding down a part-time job.
KAREEM T. SUGGS, East High School, may attend UW-Madison and enjoys being a role model to younger children. A high honor roll student, Kareem has received awards from The Links and the Urban League of Greater Madison. He has been a UMOJA Teen of the Month, tutors at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center after-school program, is a member of the East High School Black Student Alliance, a Capital Candle Lighter volunteer, and was chosen as a participant in the very selective Badger Boys State.
TREVON L. TUCKER, Beloit Memorial High School, plans to attend the UW-Whitewater as a business major. As an honor roll student, Trevon was the recipient of a Principal Breakfast Student Recognition Award and has participated in his school's Renaissance Club, DECA Club, basketball team, LEO Club and Marketing Co-op. He is a scorekeeper for the Athletic Department and works in the high school store.      A previous participant in the UW-Whitewater Pre-College Program, he volunteers for the Stateline Boys and Girls Club.
BRITTANY S. WILSON, East High School, is considering UW-Madison, to major in biomedical engineering. A student leader who balances time well, Brittany is secretary of the East High Black      Student Alliance and Art Club President. She is also member of the Foreign Language Honor Society, Beta Honors Club, Information Technology Academy, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Gear-Up Program.
2007 Links Scholarship Recipients
Excellence personified
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