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Demarcus McBride, right, a student at Crossroads Charter High School, receives the award for "mentee of the year" from Mayor Anthony Foxx at the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance Awards ceremony. (Photo: Qcitymetro.com)

Demarcus McBride, a student at Crossroads Charter High School, was named “mentee of the year” at last week’s Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance Awards ceremony.

Two years ago, McBride was involved in a gang-related shooting at Garinger High School. Since then, he has worked with the groups Gang of One and Men Who Care Global to get his life back on track.

Ray Wilson, an intervention case manager at Gang of One, said McBride is now a B/C student and aspires to be a chef. Wilson said he nominated McBride because of the tremendous change he has seen in the teen’s life.

The Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance Awards were established by Mayor Anthony Foxx to recognize individuals and organizations that are working to improve the lives of young people. The ceremony was held Thursday, Jan. 24, at Discovery Place.

Brian Barry, who mentors three young men at Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) Charlotte, was named Mentor of the year.

Waxhaw student gets nomination

Courtney Johnson of Waxhaw, a student at Marvin Ridge High School, was nominated to represent North Carolina as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2013 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. She would join 250 students from across the country to participate in a week-long study of journalism and media. Johnson was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.
CIAA official departs

Jeffrey W. McLeod, associated commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, has departed the organization “following a tenure of key accomplishments,” a CIAA spokeswoman said in a press statement. McLeod was hired in 2000 as assistant to the commissioner and eventually was promoted to assistant commissioner and then associate commissioner. He was credited with helping build the CIAA’s corporate sponsor program, which brought millions of dollars in scholarship funds to CIAA member institutions.

Whitney M. Young Award nominees named

The Urban League of Central Carolinas recently announced the recipients of 2013 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. This year’s honorees are: Herb and Felicia Gray, local philanthropists and founders of The Gray Classic Golf Tournament; Eric Watson, vice president of the office of diversity & inclusion for Delhaize America, which owns the Food Lion grocery store chain; and U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, who represents North Carolina’s 12th congressional district. The ceremony is scheduled for March 22.

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