CONGRATULATIONS TO HAZEL PARK HIGH SCHOOL FOR BEING NAMED THE 2017 CARDINAL AWARD WINNER BY THE MICHIGAN COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK!
HPHS Counselor Whitney Bernstein, College Adviser Moussa Traore, and Promise Zone Executive Director Kayla Roney Smith attended the Michigan College Access Network's Annual Conference in Lansing on March 13th-14th and accepted the Cardinal Award on behalf of HPHS at its College Access Impact Awards Dinner. The Cardinal Award honors organizations which successfully develop and promote campaigns to urge students, parents, school staff and citizens to create a sense of urgency around the post secondary planning process. According to MCAN, boosting the college access activity in communities on the ground level helps drive the state toward the Big Goal of 60 percent college attainment by 2025.
The Hazel Park Promise Zone team was thrilled to host more than 150 guests at our fourth annual dinner.
The guests of honor included four Hazel Park High School alumni: Michigan State University student Braxton Buckner, University of Michigan student LaKaylia Kea, Schoolcraft College alumnus and soon-to-be Oakland University student Nick Lemere, and Western Michigan University student Ashley Watkins. The students spoke on stage with Promise Zone board member Leon LaBrecque and shared ways in which the Promise Zone assisted them on their paths: through scholarship awards, extensive college advising, and other programming.
The Promise Zone's annual Promise Zone Service Award was dedicated to Chairman William C. "Bill" Hitchcock, a lifelong Hazel Park businessman and community volunteer. Community activist and former mayor Jan Parisi, who has contributed in countless ways to the betterment of the community, was honored as the first award recipient. She was also awarded a special honor by Peggy Burleson of the Hazel Park Lions Club.