(CLICK THE IMAGE TO OPEN THE YEARBOOK) For 23 years, the Spokesman-Recorder nonprofit and its supporters have sponsored the Graduation Celebration, an annual scholarship awards celebration of Cecil E. Newman Scholarship essay winners and graduating seniors in the greater Twin Cities area. In conjunction with the event, graduating seniors are also invited to submit their photos and […]
Spokesman-Recorder’s Annual Graduation Celebration
For 23 years, the Spokesman-Recorder and its supporters have sponsored the Graduation Celebration. Through this celebration, the Spokesman-Recorder publicly acknowledges African and African American high school graduates for their achievements and rewards them with a scholarship to help them further their education pursuits.
Past keynote speakers have included everyone from Kimberly Elise, Tavis Smiley and L.L. Cool J, to local notable figures like Nekima Levy-Pounds. Your financial support will help us ensure that this event continues to give young adults and their families the recognition and the encouragement so vital to their continued success and well-being. Click here to donate today.
Below find Cecil E. Newman scholarship-winning essays, an event recap, the online version of the annual Community Yearbook and more, in order of the most recent year to the oldest.
More than 200 community members, graduating students and their parents attended the free scholarship dinner and ceremony awards. Ten students were presented with Cecil E. Newman Scholarships at the event themed “Education and Graduation: It’s a family affair.”
Morgan Bettin-Coleman is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Her scholarship-winning essay appears below. Even when I was a little girl, I would often pass time sprawled on the floor, usually reading a book. Close by, both of my parents sat at desks, spending hours typing up documents or highlighting pages in long, seemingly boring […]
Dominique Johnson is a Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Below is her scholarship-winning essay. I am a biracial, only child, who was raised by a single mother. Growing up, like many other families, my small family had financial hardships. My mom had me at a young age and due to that her academic career came to […]
Nia Kline is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Below is her scholarship-winning essay. I look at life as a puzzle. It is one big picture full of mystery. You learn to use your observation skills, you learn to not force it if it doesn’t fit, you learn patience, and finally, you learn tolerance and […]
Ananda White is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Below is her scholarship-winning essay. The two most influential people to guide my life and education are my parents Angela and Brian White. It’s a cliché, but it is the truth. In fact, my parents will say they want me to have more opportunities than they […]
SharLamar Wren-Buchanan is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Below is her scholarship-winning essay. Shortly after I was born, my grandmother was murdered. We had to move to get away from that harsh setting. We were living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the time and decided to come to Minnesota. It was similar to Wisconsin […]
Noah Branch is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. His scholarship-winning essay appears below. Throughout my life, I have been blessed to have received a significant amount of tutelage, but in recent years there are two people who stick out in my mind as both mentors and inspirations for me: My father and my […]
Molubah Seley is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. His scholarship-winning essay appears below. “I’m not mad, just disappointed.” If you’ve ever had someone say those words to you, you’ll recall the hurt in letting them down. Dealing with one person is tough; how about your entire family, church and community? I’ve been through […]
Sadiyo Dirie is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Her scholarship-winning essay appears below. When I first started speaking, my first word was Hooyo (mother) I have grown up in her arms: she sacrificed everything for me. She woke up every day early in the morning and made something warm to eat. Before I […]