CLASS OF 2016 COWHERD SCHOLARS ANNOUNCED

CLASS OF 2016 COWHERD SCHOLARS ANNOUNCED 
 
Congratulations to the Class of 2016 Cowherd Scholars!
 
For more information, please see News Release below.
 
Mr. Henry Cowherd (center) and the Classof 2015 Cowherd Scholars
 
NEWS RELEASE
Saturday, February 13, 2016
 
Contact: 
Ken Maurice | Youth Activities Coordinator
630-256-3402 | kmaurice@aurora-il.org
AURORA - Aurora's African-American Heritage Advisory Board (AAHAB) has announced its Class of 2016 Cowherd Scholars
 
Named in honor of longtime community leader and namesake of Cowherd Middle School, Mr. Henry Cowherd, the Cowherd Scholars are college-bound high school seniors with competitive GPAs, significant hours of community service and a desire to make a lasting impact in the world.   
 
The Class of 2016 Cowherd Scholars are: Kendel Baker (Oswego East), Meryl Barnes (Metea Valley), Arielle Flint (West Aurora), Morgan Harris (Oswego East), Emma Hicks (West Aurora), Tyler Kirkwood (Waubonsie Valley), Kameda Mallory (IMSA), Dartisha Mosley (East Aurora), Tavis Reed (IMSA) and DeAsia Sutgrey (Waubonsie Valley).
 
College scholarships will be presented to the ten Cowherd Scholars during AAHAB's 12th Annual Heritage Dinner on Friday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road in Aurora.  
 
"Much like our 2016 Outstanding African-American of the Year, these students have dedicated themselves to excellence at a young age . It is fantastic that we can recognize them as we honor Commander Keith Cross, because he shows them how to continue moving forward with their dreams - and represent Aurora well in the process," said AAHAB Chair Patricia Holt
 
During the Heritage Dinner, Aurora Police Commander Keith Cross will be feted as he is presented the 2016 Outstanding African-American of the Year Award.  A graduate of East Aurora High School, Cross has been a sworn officer of the Aurora Police Department since 1994. In 2005, Cross was promoted to Sergeant. In 2008, he was promoted to Lieutenant and in 2016 to Commander. He is President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - Northern Illinois Chapter. In addition, he co-coordinated the 1st West Aurora Boys Basketball Feeder Program and has mentored and coach hundreds of children in the Fox Valley area.
 
Ticket are $50.00 each. Proceeds benefit the Cowherd Scholar Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be purchased online at www.aurora-il.org/heritagedinner, by calling 630-256-3402 or by emailing MyAurora@aurora-il.org
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