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Page 8C April 18, 2018 aR porter Pageant contestants drett, Eliza Bowden, and their escorts await announcement of the winners al the Hubbard Aden Johnson, Jacob White, Ta'Riyah Hardy, Makayla Johnson, Aniya Alumni Association King & Queen Pageant. PiCtured, left to right, are 2017 Queen Cassidy Scan- Smith, Ramiyah Bradley, Mistress of Ceremonies Aretha Neal. (Photos/Diane Glidewell} t[ By Diane Glidewell As one of the annual events leading up to the Hubbard Alumni Associa- tion Celebration this week- end, the HAA crowned the 2018 King and Queen at a Shining Stars of Tomorrow Pageant on Saturday, April 14. Aniya Smith, 8, was crowned queen and Jacob White, 4, was awarded the scepter as the king for the coming year at the culmi- nation of the pageant. Mistress of Ceremonies Aretha Neal characterized the event well as she spoke of the opportunities it pro- vides youth to stand before an audience and share their talents and personalities with others. Neal urged everyone to encourage those participating as either contestants or in other parts of the program. She said that speaking and per- forming in front of people will develop skills that will serve the young people in the future. "Encourage them when they're young to do these things" said Neal. "You know, sometimes when we stand up, our words sit down" Neal was a good example of someone comfortable on a stage as she graciously 2018 HAA King Jacob White shows his pleasure by being named royalty. guided the program with clarity and humor. The pageant left no question that the Monroe County community has a deep pool of talent in its youth. Those attending were treated to performances by the Mt. Airy Baptist Church Praise Dancers and the St. Peter Rock Baptist Church Youth Choir. They were also able to enjoy the instrumental music of Minister James Slaughter in interludes and as accompa- niment to his vocal rendi- tion of"Trust in You." The Praise Dancers performed to "If They're Looking for You, Jesus, Let Them Find You in Me" and the Youth Choir sang Jacob's Song, "I Won't Let Go Until You Change Me:' Both groups showed the results of their practice and passion for what they were doing. Jakayla Moslem; now a senior at Mary Persons anticipating graduation, reflected on her reign as HAA queen in 2011 as a 5th grader. She said it taught her a lot about how to succeed in high school; she plans to begin work- ing toward her degree as a registered nurse at Albany State this fall. "Never give up; believe in yourself and you can achieve your goals;' said Mosley. "Remember God is always by your side." Neal noted that Mosley's challenge is not just for the youth but for everyone. After being introduced in an opening walk, the 2018 contestants showcased their talents and stage pres- ence. They ranged in age from three to 14. Ta'Riyah Hardy, daughter of Tanisha Hardy and Don- nie Epps; Aden Johnson, son of Kenneka Lashonta Johnson and Tyrone Buck- ner; and Eliza Bowden, daughter of Tawana C. Banks and the late Milton T. Bowden Jr each mod- eled fashionable outfits on stage, with Neal providing commenta . Stage fright was nowhere to be found as they twirled, posed and bowed. Jacob White, son of An- thony and Angela White, had everyone joining in as he sang "How Great is Our God" backed by two cousins. Following White, Makayla Johnson took the microphone and sang lead as she brought her St. Peter Rock Youth Choir back on the stage with her. Johnson is the daughter of Minis- ter Tremaine and Jacinta Johnson. After Aniyah Smith, the .3 2018 HAA Queen Aniya with the pageant. She said ": Smith is escorted by her that the efforts of the Hub- " father, Alvin Smith. bard Alumni Association, "" including the King and Queen Pageant each year, have made it possible to daughter of Pakisha Walker award college scholarships and Alvin O. Smith, re- to more than 80 students cited the poem, "Hey Black over the 32 years since the Child" Ramiyah Bradley HAA was organized. The took the stage for a solo other members of the pag- praise dance to "Change eant committee are Mary Me, O God. Make Me Chambliss, Winifred Berr More Like You" Bradley, Mable Smith and Juanita ;q the daughter of Della Brad- Pitts. ley and Ray Bradley Jr HAA President Herbert performed with captivating Gantt invited everyone to intensity, the HAA Celebration on , With 2017 King Jay Saturday, April 21, which Smith, unable to be present, will begin with a parade at "-' Monroe County Commis- 10 a.m. The King & Queen ,'! sioner Larry Evans filled in, contestants will be featured escorting 2017 Queen Cas- in a float in the parade as " sidy Scandrett on the final well as marching bands, :', walk of her reign before local officials and more. crowning Aniya Smith the The route will begin across new queen, from Robins Financial Evans presented the Credit Union and end at crown and scepter to Jacob the Hubbard campus of White to begin his duties as Monroe County Middle 2018 king. School, near the restored It was definitely a night Teachers Dormitory, which n' to remember for Aniya is slatedto openas home Smith. As well as being offices for several local crowned queen,she woia groups this summer. the raffle drawing for a The highlight of the Cele- $100 Walmart gift card. bration will be the banquet Annie Evans, chairperson at 6 p.m. on Saturday with "' of the Pageant Committee, keynote speaker Georgia thanked parents, contes- Supreme Court Justice tants, other participants, Robert Benham. Contact ": her committee members Winifred Berry at 478-747- "" and all those who helped 3627 for tickets ($40). ~IlliJi}t}l)liilllllltfltl!!iittHHHi!!!lllifllIti~iI~lll}lllilliiiittliitltli~ Email calendar items to: Diane Glidewell at by 5 p.m. Friday. Calendar information is published FREE of charge as SPACE PERMITS. lltttiiH it itlllltli~ii!~fiiill!iiiiiiifllfllllii iltllilIHiiiiiiitlII~ll~ili~lIlitllilii iliillfltt!iiiitllllltliiill Hllililtllll ifl!tllli!iii HillItitil is iitIIIliililii iillflllliii~ !flllllliiiii [iJlllliilJi iilllltllli!!il tllillilJlii f~llllllltlli illttllflt ll!iillfllllJli lillltllllJlltil flJtl April 18, 24, 25 Spring rd'le I Parent Input meetings Spring Title I Parent Input meet- ings will be held in April Theie will be meetings in the Hub- bard Elementary School Data Room on Tuesday, April 24 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and at the T.G. Scott Elementary School Data Room on Wednesday, April 18 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Wednesday, April 25 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. For more informa- tion, contact Parent & Family Engagement Specialist Ginger Maddox at ginger.maddox@ April 19 House District 141 mndklatos meet in ,mm/Debato The Macon-Bibb Republican Party is sponsoring a Can- didate Forum/Debate with the four candidates seeking election to the Georgia House District t41 on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Mabel White Baptist Church, 1415 Bass Road, Macon. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. District 141 includes Northwest Macon- Bibb and the southern portion of Monroe County. Candidates are Gary Bechtel, Shane Mobley, Todd Tolbert and Dale Washburn. Incumbent Allen Peake is not seeking reelection. Please use the main entrance facing Bass Road. $ wep & C mt ou|'se Monroe County Extension will host a Sheep and Goat Short Course on Thursday, April 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Monroe County Recreation Department livestock areas. Registration fee is $20, which includes lunch and program materials. Participants will learn Mary Persons seniors, Monroe best management practices County Boy Scouts and Girl for sheep and goats, pasture Scouts, Meals on Wheels, management, predator control, Monroe County Care Cottage and parasite management, and other community projects. including FAMACHA training and certification. Call 478- April 20, 27, May 4 994-70t4 to register. D~betes Education High Falls Lake Assoc. holds open meeting The High Falls Lake.Association will meet Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the High Falls Park Group Shelten Guest speakers will share items of interest and concern to the High Falls area. This is an open meeting and all are,welcome to attend. There will be a meet & greet session after the meeting; feel free to bring and share snacks for the fellowship. (robertchappell40@ April 19, May 3 Mary Persons Honors Nights Mary Persons Underclassmen Honors Night will be Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. and Senior Honors Night will be Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m both at the Fine Arts Centen Empowerment Program University of Georgia Extension and FitCo Health Club will present DEEP (Diabetes Em- powerment Education Program on several Fridays - April 20 and 27, and May 4 from 10 a.m.-12 noon at FitCo Health Club, 833 Patrol Rd Forsyth. Pre-Registration is required for this FREE, FUN, HANDS-ON, session program for diabetics and those who would like to learn more about diabetes. This interactive program teaches self-management of diabetes, risk factors, complications and much more. DEEP can help get the support you need to take charge. To pre-register, call UGA Extension at 478-994- 7014 or FitCo at 478-993- 2202. April 21 banquet are $40 per person. For more information, call Win- ifred Berry at 478-747-362Z Blue Birds and Bluegrass Festival Dauset Trails Nature Center's Annual Blue Birds & Bluegrass Festival will be on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with live bluegrass bands at the Pavilion from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The dulcimer jam session will be from 1-3 p.m. There will be food vendors and educational displays, activities and demon- strations at the family friendly event. There is no charge for either admission or parking Photo Day at Street Park Professional photographer John Belknap will be at Lee Street Park (next to the Welcome Center) on Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. for Photo Day hosted by Forsyth Main Street. The first 20 people registered will get a free 8 x 10 photo. Register at mainstreef.cityoffor- syth,net. For more information, call Main Street Coordinator Tammie Pierson at 478:994- 774Z 20!8 Hubbard Alumni Celebration April 20 The 2018 Hubbard Alumni April 22 Exchange Club to have Celebration will be on Sat- 'The Mozart 'Requiem' Annual BBQ fundraiser urday, April 21. The day will On Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m. The Exchange Club of Forsyth begin with a parade at 10 a.m. the Choral Society of Middle will hold a Barbecue on The Celebration Banquet will Georgia, the Mercer University Friday, April 20 from 11 a.m.-1 begin at 6 p.m. at the Monroe Choir, the Mercer Singers, p.m. and from 4-6 p.m. at the County Conference Center, and the McDuffie Center of Monroe County Clubhouse on 475 Holiday Circle Forsyth The Strings under the direction of Chambers Street (behind the keynote speaker will be Robert Dr. Stanley Roberts, Associate Library). Plates are $8 and will Benham, Georgia SupremeDean of the Townsend School include BBQ, chips, Cole slaw, Court Justice since 1995. of Music at Mercer University, pickles and dessert. They may Benham was named one of the and accompanist Jonathan Poe, be eaten at the Clubhouse 100 most influential Georgians will present Wolfgang Amadeus or taken home Buy tickets for six years by Geor'gia Trend Mozarfs final masterpiece, from Exchange Club members Magazine and one of the"Requiem" at Mulberry Street or at the door. Proceeds will 100 most influential blacks in United Methodist Church in benefit the Foster Children America for three years by Macon. Tickets are $10 to the Christmas Fund, scholarships for Ebony magazine. Tickets for the general public. Mercer stu- i dents and faculty are free with /V~ercer ID. For more informa- tion, please contact The Choral Society of Middle Georgia at 478-216-784t or www.csmga. org/ticket-info. April 23, 30, May 7, 15 Diabetes Empowerment Education Program University of Georgia Extension Autism Awareness and Monroe County Library Festival will present DEEP (Diabetes The Autism Awareness Festival Empowerment Education will be Saturday, April 28 from Program) at Monroe County 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at DaysprJng Library, 72 West Main St Church Campus, 1045 Hwy. 41 Forsyth from 5:30-7:30 p.m. S, Forsyth. There will be a 5K on Mondays, April 23; 30, Trail Race and Family Fun Run, May 7 and Tuesday May: 15. : resource and craft vendors, This funj interactive program kids' games& crafts, inflatables, teaches self-management of live entertainment and food diabetes. Learn about risk fac- vendors. Register for the 5K tors, complications and support. ($25) or the fun run ($15) at Pre-registration is required: or on race day 478-994-7014 at 7 a.m. For more information, call Anchor of Hope Founda- April 26, 28, 29 tion at 478-994-0438 or visit Mary Persons presents or 'Disney High Sch,I 41 West Johnston St Forsyth. Muskal on Stage Mary Persons Theater Depart- ment will present "Disney High School Musical On Stage" on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. April 28 Ride for a Cause for Reconciliation House camp Ride for a Cause will be Sat- urday, April 28 to raise funds for Fun in the Son Camp at Reconciliation House, Inc. The 67 mile police escorted route will begin from the Thurston Fire Department, 4178 Crest Highway, Thomaston at 12 noon. The ride will run through ~] Woodbury, Manchester, back ~:.'- into Thomaston and end in i.~ Yatesville. Registration begins :,'A at 10 a.m. $20 to ride, $10 for a passenger Free food. Raffle ot tickets are $10. Please pre- register to have enough food ,sd for all; contact Danielle Goetz oo at 404-661-82t3. Civil Air Patrol has Open House The Civil Air Patrol Griffin Composite Squadron of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary invites the public to an Open House at 101 Airport Blvd Griffin (next to the Griffin Airport) on Saturday, April 28 from 9 I a.m.-3 p.m. With four military !il branches represented, there will be Leadership Cadet Competition, CAP Aircraft I Display/Aerospace Education, t Emergency Services Search & Rescue and free food. The ~i Griffin Composite Squadron serves Butts, Henry, Lamar, Monroe, Pike, Spalding and 1 Upson counties and has open- ings for new senior and cadet members. ~I I