The Anderson County Human Relations Council has named the following Anderson County students as recipients of the 2013 Cory White Diversity Awards in recognition of their efforts to promote the qualities of diversity and acceptance within their communities.
Anderson County Alternative School- Tevarous Johnson
Palmetto Middle- Matthew Roberson
Wren Middle- Jackson Sanders
Powdersville Middle- Jemiah Cruell
Palmetto High- Kelsey Mikal Frazier
Wren High- Jennie Montgomery
Wren High- Naimik Patel
Powdersville High- Casey Barwick
Belton Middle- Shanteal Davis
Honea Path Middle- Tia Kelley
Belton-Honea Path High- Faith Baker
Starr-Iva Middle- Kyle Dawkins
Crescent High- Benjamin “B.J.” Yeargin
Riverside Middle- Christian Gilstrap
Pendleton High- Tracy Grate
Glenview Middle- Bernard Hamilton
McCants Middle- Kobe Burriss
Robert Anderson Middle- Zoie Smith
Southwood Middle- Monika Hight
T.L. Hanna High- Qwinnterius Copeland
Westside High- Austin Nichols
These students were recognized at a dinner held on Monday, April 22nd, 6:00 PM at the Civic Center of Anderson. Anderson University head wrestling coach Dock Kelly served as the featured speaker at the event. Approximately 180 people attended the ceremony, including students, their families, school principals and staff, school district superintendents, and special guests.
The Human Relations Council extends its appreciation to these outstanding young people for their efforts and wishes them the best wishes in their future endeavors.
The Cory White Diversity Awards were established by the Anderson County HRC to honor the memory of the student designer of the Anderson County Human Relations Council logo, Cory White. It was only after Cory’s tragic death in an automobile accident that the HRC became aware of what an outstanding young man he was. He demonstrated his love and acceptance of all people daily and went out of his way to make others feel important and valued. The HRC established the Cory White Diversity Award to honor his memory and recognize young people within the community who share his values and strong character. Area schools are invited to nominate students who make a positive impact on peers, teachers, and /or school staff in the areas of human rights, special needs and disabilities, and/or cultural inclusion and acceptance.
The Anderson County Human Relations Council seeks to improve human relations by building bridges and lowering barriers among all races and ethnic groups represented throughout Anderson County. The HRC was established as a commission to aid the county and municipal governments in efforts to improve relations among all races, ethnic, and age groups represented in Anderson County. The HRCs membership is comprised of volunteers appointed by the Anderson County Council and Mayors from the nine municipalities in the county.