Superintendent first recipient of youth foundation award

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By Angye Morrison

Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James was honored last week as the first recipient of the Norris D. Langston Youth Foundation Meritorious Service Award, presented at Chipola College in Marianna.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of educational services such as mentoring, counseling, motivational seminars, trips to post-secondary institutions and financial support to a diverse student population that is committed to pursue secondary education or training, whether academic, vocational or technical.

The award was presented to James as part of the Student and Parent Education Program. Keynote speaker for the occasion was Dr. E. Douglas Beach, secretary with the Florida Department of Elderly Affairs.

Also on hand for the program was Jackie Pons, Leon County Schools superintendent, Jeremy Branch, Jackson County commissioner, Dr. Gene Prough, president of Chipola College, Doug Ott, education coordinator with the Florida Department of Lottery, and Dr. David B. Langston, president/CEO of the Norris D. Langston Youth Foundation Inc.

Students from Havana Elementary School presented Langston’s “10 Steps to Success” as part of the festivities as well.

James was recognized, according to a letter from Langston, for his “extraordinary services to our youth” and to the community. He said he was honored to receive the award, which was a plaque mounted with a clock and engraved plate, but he was quick to give the credit to Gadsden County’s educators and students.

“We wouldn’t get any awards without the successes of our teachers and students,” he said.