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Dr. Richard Strachan | 5/22/2014, 9 a.m.

Congratulations to Miami Northwestern scholar athlete, Jontavia Dykes, the first in family history to receive a full-ride athletic scholarship. She will be attending the University of Florida this fall. Jontavia is also a four-year participant of the Lady Bull volleyball team. Hard work and staying focused has not only earned Jontavia recognition for “Superintendent-Distinction of Honor”, but also a spot to graduate in the top 15 percent of her senior graduating class of 2014. Jontavia is the daughter of South Florida’s gospel recording artist, Pat Jackson, who will be in concert, 12 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at Church of the Open Door. Ms. Jackson is also a breast cancer survivor.

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Dr. Richard Strachan

John Shaw takes the time to share his experience with PI Nu Chapter and spends every first Thursday with over 55-Omega Psi Phi Retired Brothers at the only fraternity house next to Florida Memorial University. Shaw brings it up-to-date with how over 145-Pi Nu brothers are fulfilling their dreams in Richmond Heights.

The 15th annual Purple & Gold Ball is a fundraiser to build on scholarship funding. Emphasis is placed on huge scholarships given out to well-deserved graduate students and other needs for the community.

The King of Clubs of Greater Miami, Inc. “Scholarship Awards Banquet” is now etched in the History Book as the most elegant group of college freshmen surrounded with the Psi Phi Band, presenters, scholarship recipients and early arrivals from Church of the Open Door, St. John Baptist, Church of God of Prophecy #1, club members, and college aspirants. Furthermore, it’s beginning came to fruition 1930 by 10-college men that have to 28-Scholarship awards banquets. Since that beginning, the amount given has grown to over $100,000.00. This year is a big plus.

Dr. Bradford Brown kicked it off with the presentation of the Tee S. Greer Scholarships to Jelani Canty, South Dade High; James Maul followed with Troy Duffie from ASN; and Edwin T Demeritte to Alissa Riley.

Dr. Rozalyn Hester Paschal presented the Mrs. Lenora Paschal-Johnson Scholarship Award to Ashley Jeanty from BTW; Fletcher Paschal presented to Kesley Glover, BTW; Mr. Larry Johnson presented to Zakeima Augustin, Miami Norland; and Fletcher Paschal, III presented to David Dingle, Turner Tech High.

The Outstanding Community Service Award was presented by Fletcher Paschal, III to Mark Kent, while the Alex Dobargan Scholarship went to Chrisford Belizaire, Miami Edison and Anabelle Vabre of Coral Reef High. Mr. Mark Kent is Regional President for healthcare across the State of Florida, CAC-Florida Medical Center, Continucare Medical Center, in Broward, Orlando, Tampa, Ohio and Indiana. And, of course, he is proud to be a King of Club representing Miami and add much growth to the organization with his skills. Welcome aboard!

Jametria Qwanice Howard-Jones received a MD from the University of Miami and her mother received a Masters from Florida International University on the same day. Congratulations to the both of them.