SNAAP Banquet Celebrates Students
The Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents (SNAAP) held its 19th banquet on June 9. The SNAAP banquet celebrates the students moving from fifth to sixth grade, eighth to ninth, and the year’s Upper School graduates. SNAAP committee member Cindy Jones served as the afternoon’s mistress of ceremonies. She opened the banquet and introduced Kraig Brock, a percussionist who played the steel drum throughout the afternoon. Rising senior Curtis Harrison welcomed family, friends, and faculty and rising sophomore Gabrielle Christmon performed a song. Following lunch, Head of School Chris Garten gave opening remarks. “We’re enormously proud of what the young people in this room have accomplished,” Garten said. SNAAP committee member Tonya Best honored the Seven Hills Academic Readiness Program (SHARP) and its commitment to diversity at Seven Hills. The keynote speaker, Paul M. Booth Jr., founder of Legacy Pointe Church, was introduced by committee member Jessica Christmon. Booth told students, “You are the future now.” He shared words of wisdom and the principles of success, including developing a global mindset and having a desire to make an impact. Following Booth, SNAAP secretary Kimberly Jackson and her daughter, rising junior Savoy Lackey, presented college survival baskets to the Class of 2019. Students in the Class of 2019 include Bryce Hill, Ty’Asia Hudlin, David Labrie, Daniel Ross, and Alexander Whitfield. Head of Upper School Matt Bolton said the Class of 2019 served as “tremendous role models for younger students.” Hill and Labrie shared their reflections on the year. Students also celebrated at the event included rising ninth-graders Diairra Daniels, Ric DeLyons, Jaden Sims, Edie Tesfaye, and Sohana Thompson, and rising sixth-graders Vivian Brown, Hannah Olowokure, Andrew Sanker, Davion Washington, and Jaida Wilson. The afternoon closed with remarks from Meredith Brown, SHARP coordinator, a welcome to new SNAAP families from Yoti Walker, and closing remarks by Best and Jackson.