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Columbia Urban League to honor student achievements at annual program

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The Columbia Urban League will host its 2014 Young and Gifted Black History Month Program at Brookland Baptist Church on Feb 22. to honor African-American achievement.

For the past 29 years, The Columbia Urban League has celebrated Black History Month by celebrating the achievements of African-American students with an annual program focused on achievement as one of the most defining and transforming legacies of Black History.

At this ceremony some 600 African-American high school seniors from around the Midlands will be recognized at Brookland Baptist Church, 1066 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia.

These high school seniors with a B average or above who were nominated by their respective schools will be recognized in the areas of academics, the arts, leadership, technical education, and athletics.

Honorees will be representing the following counties: Allendale, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland.

"This program is so important because it recognizes the importance of achievement and promoting a culture of high expectations," said James T. McLawhorn Jr., president and CEO of the Columbia Urban League. "Today's global economy is driven by high performance."

This year's speaker is Dr. Jeffrey Guy. Dr. Guy is currently an Assistant Professor within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Director of the University of South Carolina Sports Medicine Center.

As medical director and team physician of the University of South Carolina Athletics, Dr. Guy oversees all of the University of South Carolina athletic teams. In addition to USC, he is the team thysician to more than 20 Columbia area high schools, 10 area middle schools, two professional dance companies and six colleges and universities.

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