Featured image: Richard Lewis of Glass City Church of Christ stands with the High School and College Graduates that were able to attend the event.

By Christopher T. Matthews

Dr. Stanley Edwards, of Glass City Church of Christ, was the guest speaker for the evening of June 26, 2016, acknowledging and encouraging the 14 high school and college graduates to continue educating themselves and strive for perpetual growth and development even after graduation.

Dr. Edwards said that, he appreciates the ongoing commitment Glass City Church of Christ has exhibited over the last 30 plus years for recognizing graduates. And, he expressed, that it was a great opportunity to be a part of the event, particularly, “Because in the African American community, graduates are inspiration to all; that is in all age brackets.”

The high school graduates were Ahlayia Armstrong, Joshua Banton, Jaree Clark, Kayla Evans, Deonte Henderson, a graduate with a 4.0 GPA from Start High School, Keyan Marshall of Sylvania Southview, Jamar Parker, Central Catholic and Nijah Randolph.

College Graduates honored for the evening were: Byron Clark II a graduate of Owens State Community College, Andrea Davis, Walden State University, Carla Johnson-Jackson, Owens State Community College, Briana Lancaster, Shareese McBrayer, graduate of University of Detroit Mercy and Morgan Morrison.

(L-R)Byron Clark II, Andrea Davis, Carla Johnson-Jackson and Shareese McBrayer.
(L-R)Byron Clark II, Andrea Davis, Carla Johnson-Jackson and Shareese McBrayer.

Richard Lewis of Glass City Church of Christ gave the evening closing remarks and prayer. He explained, “We are honoring high school graduates, as well as, college graduates this year. There are 14 graduates, some where unable to be present, due to work schedules. But, we will still acknowledge those who are not present and present them with an award, cash gift and a proclamation from the Mayor’s office.”

“We thank God these students have completed school, stayed out of trouble and have been positive figures for those that will follow in their footsteps and we encourage all of the youths to put their education first, and strive for excellence and success said,” Mr. Lewis;

Dr. Robert G. Birt Jr. is the minister of Glass City Church of Christ located at 901 Hoag Street, Toledo, OH.