The Columbia Urban League has commemorated Black History Month with its annual Young and Gifted Awards program for over 30 years by celebrating the achievements of African-American students. This program focuses on achievement as one of the most defining and transforming legacies of Black History. This awards ceremony is the state’s largest recognition of African-American achievement. This program recognizes approximately 600 African-American high school seniors from Allendale, Clarendon, Fairfield, Florence, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Newberry, Richland, and Sumter counties. In addition to recognizing seniors who excelled in academics, the arts, leadership, technology, and athletics, we will spotlight those seniors who have received special recognition in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

 This event will be held at noon on Saturday, February 22 2020, at Brookland Baptist Church, located at 1066 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia, SC 29169. High school seniors with a 3.0 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale, who were nominated by their respective schools, will be recognized in the areas of academics, the arts, leadership, technology, and athletics.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Nia Peters. Dr. Peters is a Research Electrical Engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, OH.  She is a 2003 graduate of C.A. Johnson High School here in Columbia, SC where she was valedictorian of her senior class.  She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in Software Engineering from Auburn University and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Howard University.

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