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Local Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter again presents its Men of Tomorrow

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Gamma Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presented its Men of Tomorrow on June 29 with the theme, “Shattering Myths – Exceeding All Expectations.’’

First row, left to right: Dontavius King, Devin Cameron, Charles Nelson Jr., Elvin Handy Jr., Sean Hyacinth Jr. and Ricky Norris Jr. Back row, left to right: Nathaniel Anthony, Willis Walter III, Emilio O’Brien, Jordan Hall, Reginald Calhoun Jr. and Marcus Edwards. (JOHN REEVES/SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES)

First row, left to right: Dontavius King, Devin Cameron, Charles Nelson Jr., Elvin Handy Jr., Sean Hyacinth Jr. and Ricky Norris Jr. Back row, left to right: Nathaniel Anthony, Willis Walter III, Emilio O’Brien, Jordan Hall, Reginald Calhoun Jr. and Marcus Edwards.
(JOHN REEVES/SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES)

Twelve Daytona Beach area students were presented during a program at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. It was the sorority’s 17th Biennial Men of Tomorrow presentation.

Those presented included Nathaniel Anthony (Spruce Creek High School); Reginald Calhoun, Jr. (Mainland High School); Devin Cameron (Atlantic High School); Marcus Edwards (Mainland High School); Jordan Hall (Mainland High School); Elvin Handy, Jr. (Spruce Creek High School); Sean Hyacinth, Jr. (Mainland High School); Dontavius King (Mainland High School); Charles Nelson, Jr. (Seabreeze High School); Ricky Norris, Jr. (Mainland High School); Emilio O’Brien (Atlantic High School); and Willis Walter III (Spruce Creek High School).

‘Little Men’ honored
Three previous Men of Tomorrow participants served as guest speakers during the event.

Patrick Bartee (1984); Rashad Brown (1996); and David Bradley, Jr., Esq. (2001) each challenged the young men to strive for greatness.

Handy received the “Mark of A Man Award,” Sean Hyacinth was presented the Leadership Award, and King was named “Most Charming.” In addition, Anthony and King were each awarded $1,000 academic scholarships.

The Little Men of Tomorrow from left to right are Malcolm Curry; Jordan Young, J’Marcus Burns, Ta’Sean Mitchell, Justice Walker and Jeffrey Harris, Jr.(JOHN REEVES/SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES)

The Little Men of Tomorrow from left to right are Malcolm Curry; Jordan Young, J’Marcus Burns, Ta’Sean Mitchell, Justice Walker and Jeffrey Harris, Jr.
(JOHN REEVES/SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES)

For the first time in the program’s history, six Little Men of Tomorrow also were presented.  Participants included J’Marcus Burns (Champion Elementary); Malcolm Curry (Palm Terrace Elementary); Jeffrey Harris, Jr. (Lilies of the Field); Ta’Sean Mitchell (Palm Terrace Elementary); Justice Walker (Champion Elementary); and Jordan Young (Horizon Elementary).

Jordan Young was named “Little Man of Tomorrow 2013” during the event. First runner up was Ta’Sean Mitchell and second-runner up was Justice Walker.

About the program
Established in 1980, Men of Tomorrow is a signature program of the Gamma Mu Omega chapter. The focus of the program is to further develop within a group of young men, identified as future leaders, the potential, desire, and responsibility to be leaders in their families and communities.

Throughout the course of the four-month-long program, the young men attended workshops covering a variety of topics such as leadership and etiquette; education and manhood; and financial aid.

The young men also conducted a community service project and traveled to Tallahassee on an educational tour of the Florida Capitol and Supreme Court buildings. In addition, the young men were celebrated during the program’s Rites of Passage Luncheon held in early June.

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