Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents Celebrates Students

Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents (S.N.A.A.P.) held its 17th annual Recognition Banquet in Founder’s Hall Sunday, June 11. The beautiful ceremony, officiated by S.N.A.A.P. chair Chantal Weaver, celebrated the success of Seven Hills’ African-American students who are moving up to the Middle School—Max Brown, Nate Campos, Laila Harrison, Zoe Johnson, Jay McCuen, Haley Squire, and Lidya Tesfaye; Upper School’s—Alliah Hurdle, Summer Jones, Savoy Lackey, and Riyah Vaughn; and our six graduates, Ashley Labrie, Maliq Lee, Madison Morgan, Austin Murph, Jeremiah Weaver, and Kendall Weems. The welcome address was delivered by students Devin Best and Sydney Best, with an invocation by parent the Rev. Jerome Weaver. In a traditional African libation ceremony led by parent Hope Johnson, families remembered and honored their loved ones. Head of School Chris Garten shared that the students have given so much to the school community and wished them well as they move into the next phases of their lives, and Head of Upper School Matt Bolton gave a heartfelt speech that singled out special memories he has of each student graduate. Keynote speaker for the event was University of Cincinnati Vice President of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Bleuzette Marshall. Marshall showed her admiration for the students, sharing a number of uplifting allegorical examples to illustrate how important leadership is in the lives of each student. She closed with a special tale about four candles in a dark room. After the flames of candles named Peace, Love, and Faith flicker out, a child walks into the room, sad that three of four candles are out, notices the fourth candle. “The fourth candle said, ‘don’t be afraid,’” said Marshall. “Because I am Hope and we can relight the three other candles. Graduates, you represent Hope. You hold the keys. When everyone tries to blow you out, take their oxygen and burn brighter.” Congratulations to our amazing students and many thanks to Chantal Weaver, Veronica McCreary-Hall, and the S.N.A.A.P. committee for making this afternoon possible! S.N.A.A.P. would also like to thank Muzic Company for their musical selections. and event planner Felicia Maupin for the beautiful decorations at the event. Click here to view photos from the event. 


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