West Campus Employees Celebrate Orange County Students at Youth Humanitarian Awards

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A message from Falecia Williams, President, West Campus

Five West Campus employees represented Valencia at the Annual Youth Humanitarian Awards banquet, hosted by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at EPCOT World Showcase Pavilion. The event recognized 61 Orange County middle and high school students for exemplifying the ideals embraced by Dr. King, including equality, justice, peace, respect and inclusion for all. Valencia was a Peace Sponsor and provided promotional items to award recipients in recognition of their achievement.

Sonja Guider Cambridge, student services advisor; Chauntel Copeland, coordinator, program advisor; Charles Davis, coordinator, program advisor; Bernard Huggins, coordinator, college transition; and Naja Williams, financial aid specialist, were excited to be selected.

“I am grateful for the invitation!,” exclaimed Bernard. “It was great connecting with my fellow Valencia colleagues to celebrate the young people who serve in our community.”

Naja added, “It was such an inspiring event, and I was happy to see such diversity in the recipients.”

Delivering the ceremony’s opening remarks was Dr. Terrence Roberts. In 1957, Roberts was one of the history-making “Little Rock Nine,” the first African-American students to attend classes at Little Rock (Arkansas) Central High School. Princeton Parker, a California preacher and former Dreamer and Champion of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine, was the keynote speaker.

“There were so many great moments that I will never forget, between the amazing guest speakers to seeing so many of our youth that devote a high amount of their time to helping others,” Chauntel shared. “The whole experience was truly humbling and inspiring.”

“We had a wonderful time at the MLK Award Ceremony. Disney and the City of Orlando did a great job,” concluded Charles.

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