JOY gives scholarship, Man of the Year honor

Staff reportJune 18, 2014 

The Jumpstarting Our Youth Foundation presented its distinguished awards at a luncheon May 17.

The event was held at the Hilton Gardens Hotel in Centerville.

Brianna Joy Roberson, a graduating senior at Northside High School, was the recipient of the fine arts scholarship. She will receive a $600 scholarship for her exemplary performance in music.

The scholarship is awarded on the basis of the applicant’s unique background and education. The recipient must be a graduating senior who plans to make the arts a central part of their life. Brianna plans to pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree in music theatre at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Thomas Chester, a retired military veteran of 21 years and a civilian employee at Robins Air Force Base, received the JOY 2014 Man of the Year Award. The award recognizes and honors a man who volunteers his time and effort to help youth.

The award brings to light the example set by male volunteers. Chester won the award based on his steady involvement and outstanding service to youth in Middle Georgia.

Each year, the foundation honors one individual who has exhibited exceptional service and provided great leadership to young people. Eligible participants must be a resident of Houston, Peach, Pulaski or Twiggs County.

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