Congressman Larry Kissell joined with the Hoke County Civic League to honor a group of Hoke High School seniors this week.
Monday, Kissell attended a ceremony at Freedom Chapel AME Zion Church sponsored by the Civic League to honor Hoke's top 10 academic performing African American seniors. Kissell commended the students on their academic achievements as part of the Class of 2011 and presented each with a letter of congratulations.
"These students have committed themselves to doing their very best, and I was proud to be part of a ceremony honoring their success," said Kissell. "As a parent and former school teacher, it makes me feel good about the future of our nation when I see young people such as these who have committed themselves to academic excellence and education. I congratulate them on their achievements and wish them all the best in the future."
Kissell recognized the accomplishments of the students and joined members of the Civic League in marking their success, including event organizer Patricia Hollingsworth, Executive Director of Public Relations for Hoke County Schools and Education Chair of the Civic League.
"Our goal is for students to strive for excellence," said Patricia Hollingsworth. "Education is one of the many projects the Civic League works with, and is arguably the most important. By recognizing their accomplishments we hope to encourage these students to strive to do the best they can, and of course urge them to give back to their community. This event helps bring awareness to our students of the importance of community involvement, and we were happy that Congressman Kissell was there to speak to the students."
Students honored at the ceremony were Denzel Cummings, Shara Cotton, Rashad Hurst, Shadari Douglas, Jese Cadlett, Sha'tia Dixon, J'Leesa Hough, Shanice Hopkins, China Johnson and Ja'Quan Richardson.