10 Westchester students honored for elevating MLK's legacy
The African American Men of Westchester held its 23rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Youth Awards. The yearly celebration is one of the county's largest recognitions of Martin Luther King Jr's life and legacy.
This year, 10 high school students were honored for their work unifying people for the common good, problem-solving, social change, justice, volunteerism and community service.
Honorees included Milan Grace Hood (Maria Regina High School), Leah Charity-Spriggs (Tuckahoe High School), Kadin Sales (Peekskill High School), Kaitlin Leslie (Denzel Washington School), Alison Medina Vargas (White Plains High School), Paige Williams (Valhalla High School), Eva Singletary (New Rochelle High School), Constance Davis (Woodlands Middle/High School), Joseph Flores (White Plains High School) and Ajani Brown (Peekskill High School).
Peekskill High School Kadin Sales was recognized for his work at the local youth bureau helping to combat community violence.
"I believe it means everything to me. I think MLK's legacy has outlined what I wanted to do my entire life and to be recognized for such a prestigious award brings it all together," he said.
The African American Men of Westchester is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 committed to strengthening the economic, cultural, and educational foundations of the Black community.
Each student also received a $2,500 scholarship to help them continue making positive changes in the future.