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BLOOMINGTON — Community organizations recognized the scholastic achievements of a number of recent high school graduates on Saturday.

The joint scholarship celebration awarded thousands of dollars to local graduating high school students, some of whom received multiple awards.

Organizations their recipients and the college the plan to attend are:

100 Black Men of Central Illinois

A $500 President’s Scholarship went to Dara Williams, Normal Community High School, who plans to attend Kent State University; Jabril Muhammad, NCHS, University of Illinois; and Malik Woods, NCHS, Illinois State University.

The $500 Community Service award went to Austin Wheeler, University High School, Augustana College.

The $500 Heartland Community College scholarship went to Chyann Thomas, Bloomington High School, Heartland Community College.

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority (Bloomington-Normal Alumnae chapter)

Dara Williams, $800, NCHS, Kent State; Jordynn Palmer, $400, U High, U of I; Tia Moore, $400, Normal Community West High School, Louisiana State University or University of Louisiana; Joy Wilbourn, $400, BHS,  University of Missouri-Columbia.

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity (Bloomington-Normal Alumni chapter)

Darraugh Griffin, $500, U High, North Central College; Jabril Muhammad, $500, NCHS, U of I; Antonio Newman Jr., $750, BHS, Alcorn State University; Jordynn Palmer, $750, U High, U of I; Dara Williams, $500, NCHS, Kent State.

Delta Sigma Theta sorority (Bloomington-Normal Alumni chapter)

Scholarships of $750 went to Tia Moore, NCWHS, Louisiana State or University of Louisiana; Jordynn Palmer, U High, U of I; Dara Williams, NCHS, Kent State.

Scholarships of $500 went to Jabril Muhammad, NCHS, U of I; and Malik Woods, NCHS, ISU.

Scholarships of $250 went to LeeNaya Brewer, U High, University of Illinois-Springfield; Collyssa Mitchell Halbert, BHS, Midwest College of Cosmetology of Lincoln College; Antonio Newman Jr., BHS, Alcorn State.

Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity (Bloomington-Normal Alumni Chapter)

Scholarships of $500 went to ItayJah Phillips, NCWHS, Columbia College Chicago; and Jabril Muhammad, NCHS, U of I.

Central Illinois Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Scholarships of $1,000 went to Maya Bragg, Peoria Notre Dame High School, Xavier University; Synclaire Gilkesson, Peoria Richwoods High School, Hampton University; Jessica Joyner, Decatur MacArthur High School, Richland Community College; Tia Moore, NCWHS, Louisiana State or University of Louisiana; Jabril Muhammad, NCHS, U of I; Jordynn Palmer, U High, U of I; Ciera Ruffin, Peoria High School, Southeast Missouri State University; Briana Sykes, Decatur MacArthur, Parkland Community College; Deion Thompson, BHS, Western Illinois University; Christopher Watson, Peoria High, Bradley University; Austin Wheeler, U High, Augustana College; Dara Williams, NCHS, Kent State; Malik Woods, NCHS, ISU; and Sydney Richardson-Forrest, Bloomington, Heartland Community College.

NAACP (Bloomington-Normal Branch)

Scholarships of $1,000 went to Darraugh Griffin, U High, North Central College; Blake Mitchell, BHS, North Central College; Jabril Muhammad, NCHS, UIUC; and Jordynn Palmer, U High, U of I.

Phi Beta Sigma fraternity (Bloomington-Normal Alumni Chapter)

Scholarships of $500 went to Malik Woods, NCHS, ISU; and Tia Moore, NCWHS, Louisiana State or University of Louisiana.

Sigma Gamma Rho sorority (Bloomington-Normal Alumni Chapter)

Carpe Diem scholarships of $500 went to Katelynn K. Shennett, NCHS, UIUC; and Tia M. Moore, NCWHS, Louisiana State or University of Louisiana. 

Book scholarships of $150 went to LeeNaya A. Brewer, U High, U of I-Springfield; and Kaylen Bailey, NCHS, Heartland Community College.

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