Elizabeth Wesley Winners Recognized for Achievement (2012-2013)

High schools are celebrating the success this fall of 67 Puyallup School District students named Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award recipients.


"These student scholars exemplify hard work, dedication, and a commitment to their community," said Chief Equity and Achievement Officer Gerald Denman.


The Puyallup students make up a third of the 201 student scholars throughout Pierce County recognized for the honor by the Tacoma Urban League.


Each of the merit winners will receive certificates of recognition during breakfast or lunch award ceremonies scheduled this month at Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, and Rogers high schools.


The students also received recognition and standing ovations during the annual Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award Program ceremony held in September at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.


The Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award Program recognizes and honors African-American youth in grades nine through 11 for academic excellence, community involvement, and good citizenship.


The awards program is named for Elizabeth Wesley, a civic leader active in the founding of the Tacoma Urban League.


The league awards each of the student winners $350, and the Puyallup School District winners have their photos displayed each year at the South Hill Mall.


The number of Puyallup scholars recognized by the program has grown from 14 in 2006 to 67 students this year.