Beacon Middle eighth-graders Nazere Jefferson and Arianna Snead were recognized in April with the African American/Black Achievement Award from the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.
Students were chosen because they demonstrate leadership, improvement, effort and excellence.
Arianna is dedicated to overcoming any challenges put in front of her, teachers say, including the ones that have fallen on every student this past year. Shy at times, she is gaining confidence in her abilities to excel within her academic career, teachers say, and her leadership skills will continue to grow as she pursues and accomplishes her goals.
Nazere has stood out among his peers, and teachers say if a student was to be chosen as one who has improved the most in attitude, perseverance and overall academic ability, that student would be Nazere. While in school, he continues to astonish teachers with his wit and wisdom. Nazere expresses opinions that spark interest among his peers, and his future endeavors will surely be full of successes.
Each student received a $15 gift card to Browseabout Books in Rehoboth; SDARJ contributes $10 to each gift card, and Browseabout contributes $5.
SDARJ’s education committee initiated the award to recognize students in the Cape district who represent ideals of leadership, effort and excellence in their schools. A nonpartisan organization, SDARJ educates, informs and advocates for racial justice, equality and fair opportunity. For more information, go to sdarj.org.