(Seated left to right), teen Lauren Robinson, Sarah Cover (Hub City), Candace Robinson and Kia Pierce. (Standing left to right), Teens DaQuan Robinson, Nailah Middleton, Yma Winton, Duke Wright, Top Teen Advisor, Lady Nadine L. Minnis, Assistant Advisor, Lady Sondra Shorter, Teen Imani Barton Terryn Crump and Akilah Morgan (Not shown: Assistant Advisor Antonia Patt, Teen Shanel, Shelby and Stephen Alexander, Ashely Miller, Emily A. Walker and Christopher Kirkpatrick). Top Teens of America culminates a year of community service with their annual scholarship fundraiser
Top Teens of America, under the umbrella of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Los Angeles Chapter, held their annual Scholarship Fundraiser for the 2010 graduating seniors, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on June 23, 2010. Teens Terryn Crump, Ashley Miller, Akilah Morgan, Kia Michele Pierce, Candace and Lauren Robinson are matriculating to various colleges and universities in the fall.
Lady Emily Walker, President of the LA Chapter, welcomed the guests and introduced Lady Alna Brown, Area VI Director and Lady Brenda Hayes, Area VI Top Teen Advisor. Each brought greetings and well wishes to the teens. Top Teen President, Yma Winton, greeted the guests and introduced the Master and Mistresses of Ceremony, Teens Duke Wright, Nailah Middleton, Lauren and Candace Robinson. She then told the guests to sit back and enjoy, "A Variety of Talent."
Teen Akilah Morgan, a flutist, is also a member of the Inner-City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and performed with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra at the Walt Disney Hall in their Season-Ending Celebration. Teen Shanel Alexander performed a praise dance and narrated a skit written by Teen Terryn Crump and performed by Teens Terryn and Kia Michele Pierce. Teen Terryn is an avid student of dance and song and has performed in many of his high school plays. Teen Nailah Middleton beautifully sang, "His Eyes Is on The Sparrow."
Lady Mozetta Rose London, a very special lady, entertained the audience by reciting one of her poems from her book, "Your Mother - Your Friend." Our special guest pianist and soloist was "Little Miss Gwendolyn Whiting," who performed "Furelise" on the piano and delighted the audience with her song, "Always Love", which she wrote.
Teen Imani Barton was accompanied by friends who gave her the background for two beautiful "sign dances." Her expressions were exuberant along with her movements that captivated the audience.
Teens Lauren and Candace Robinson (twins) performed a dance that could have been taken from a movie scene. They are both talented dancers and have performed in various plays and dance presentations throughout the Los Angeles Area.
Top Teen DaQuan Robinson has been playing the piano since the age of five. He shared his musical talent in his presentation of "Malaguena". Teen DaQuan is also a member of the Inner-City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. He was recognized by the Music Director and Conductor of the Southeast Sympathy Orchestra at their performance at theWalt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, July 18, 2010, for recommending students who became members of the Inner-City Youth Orchestra (including Teen Akilah). He was one of the NAACP finalists in music that won him the opportunity to attend the National competition for the NAACP ACTSO Awards. Mrs. Jessie Lane is DaQuan's aunt and is the source behind his success.
Former Top Teen Russell White, son of Lady Renee White, shared words of "wisdom" as he spoke about his first year experiences in college. Former Teen Daniel Stewart, son of Lady Sondra Shorter (received his MA Degree 2010) was in the audience to show his support. Lauren Perkins, who is also a former Top Teen, is doing an internship at the LA Sentinel for the summer and will be returning to Hampton University in the fall. The mother of former Teen Autumn Williams (2007) reported that autumn could not be present to support the teens due to her summer studies at Stanford University. She is a senior and is majoring in Aeronautics and Astronautics with a minor in Physics. She further stated that for the upcoming school year, autumn is the co-president of Stanford NAACP, which demonstrates her continuous desire to give back to the community. Autumn plans on attending graduate school and eventually working in space technology.
The teens concluded the afternoon with a fashion show with Lady Nina Alexander commentating as the teens walked down the isle in an array of fashions. The models were pre-teens, Cayla Silvera, Gwendolyn Whiting, prospective Top Teens Calvin Silvera, Gino Clark and Top Teen Surah Cover from the Hub City Chapter and most of the above-mentioned teens.
Assistant Advisor, Lady Sondra Shorter, thanked the audience for coming and directed guests to St Paul's Fellowship Hall for refreshments.
Top Teen Advisor, Lady Nadine L. Minnis and Assistant Advisors, Lady Antonia Patt and Lady Sondra Shorter, would like to recognize the accomplishments of the Top Teens under the Presidency of Lady
Norma Guillotte and currently under Lady Emily Walker. The teens have assisted Top Ladies with their five programmatic thrusts: Top Teens being the number one thrust followed by Status of Women, Senior Citizens, Beautification and Community Partnership. The teens have attended Area Conferences and National Conventions.
Top Teens and their advisors would like to thank Top Ladies: President Emily Walker, Adele Bloom, LaVada Campbell, Sybil Coker, Helen Crosby, Sandra Davis, Norma Guillotte, Barbara Herron, Hatti Jiles, Arvis Jones, Roberta Jones, Janice Moore, Carmen Phillips, Patricia Roach, Renee White and Rita Wright for their energy and resources to insure the success of their endeavors. Special thanks to: Ladies Marjorie Tandy, Deloise Maddox, Juanita Arneaud, Julia Simmons, Betty Holmes, Nina Alexander and Vera Footman. Accolades to Lady Rosa Hawkins who was instrumental in getting five scholarships awarded to two of our graduating seniors and three former teens (who are continuing college students) from the Philomathean Charity Club, Inc., at their Scholarship Awards Reception on Saturday, July 24, 2010. We would also like to thank Lady Janice Moore for assisting in acquiring the usage of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Pastor S.T. Williams, Jr., for extending his enthusiastic support for the teens.
Each year, the National Organization of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., awards a teen in each of its six geographical areas a scholarship. Top Teen Lauren Robinson, of the LA Chapter, is the recipient of this year's award. Teen Lauren will be matriculating to Cal State University at Fullerton in the fall.