"My name is Awa Nyambi and I'm currently asenior at Woodlands High School. I'd like to thank the African American Men of Westchester for honoring me with this award. Dr. King is a man I've idolized since I first learned about his triumphs in my elementary school days. To be recognized for work that corresponds with his at such a young age is something I could only dream of. This award means so much more than just the physialreadycal representation, or even the praise. For me, this award is a stepping stone towards greater feats of social justice. This award means that I'm on the right path to truly fulfilling Dr. King's dream.
It was such an honor to receive this award. I am just so happy and thankful. It inspired me to do many more things to help people even more. I am so thankful to all the people that helped me win this award. I loved the ceremony it was really nice. I walked into the ballroom and I was rendered speechless. The room was beautiful. I also made a new friend, Grace, who also won an award, was really nice and I enjoyed meeting her and we even took a picture together. Everyone was talking about how we can really make it far in life and I was so inspired. When I'm older I want to help people, I don't know how yet, but I do know I want to help those around me. I would also like to thank Ms. Joyce Turnipseed for nominating me and The African-American Men of Westchester for the scholarship so I will be able to help even more people and inspire my peers.
Karina Roberts-Morris, Peekskill Middle School