Building Bridges in Macon County: Notasulga Graduation

Macon County high school juniors and seniors, many of whom are fulfilling requirements for Bridge Builders Alabama, meet every other Tuesday night at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 81 between Notasulga and Tuskegee.  Auburn University undergraduates work alongside them, as they develop skills related to life, work, and college.  The program is funded in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

By Beth Givens, AU student 

Notasulga 2It was again a pleasure to see the other seven students involved in our program graduate on Thursday, May 23. I attended with three other mentors, Raven Conwell, Kadedra Smith, and Marion Royston. We not only saw our students graduate, but heard several of them sing solos in musical selections performed by the graduating class. Elizabeth Huntley–civil litigation attorney, child advocate, and member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees–gave an inspiring speech to the graduating students. She commended the Notasulga Class of 2013 for living up to their class motto, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” She said every member of the graduating class that she talked to had a firm, well thought out plan for what they wanted to do after graduation.

Notasulga 3The students involved in our program that graduated were Xavier-Charles Duplessis, Quincy Bently, Yowseph Ziyad, Laniquia Cooper, Alexis Allen, Ashley Thompson, and the class salutatorian, Justine Ray.
Congratulations, Notasulga Class of 2013! We are so very proud of you.
Notasulga Graduation
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One response to “Building Bridges in Macon County: Notasulga Graduation

  1. Beth, Raven, Kadedra, and Marion: All of you deserve to share in the successes of these seven student’s. Your mentoring and being there for them during joy and hard times is commendable and will remain with them for their lives. And to think NHS 2013 salutatorian, Justin Ray, is a product of your program!
    I am proud of the graduating students and exceptionally pleased with your dedication and professional for our community.

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