CHHS grad receives AKA Pink-Hat Scholarship

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kendra Hampton is the recipient of the Kappa Pi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Kendra Hampton is the recipient of the Kappa Pi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Kendra Hampton, a 2013 Charles Henderson High School graduate, is the recipient of the Kappa Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Pink-Hat Scholarship.

Fourteen seniors from area high schools competed for scholarship money via oratorical presentations at the Community Advancement Foundation and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Pink-Hat Scholarship Luncheon at the Enterprise City Schools Service Center.

Barbara Cole, scholarship committee chair, said the senior graduates spoke on the topic, “The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protect an individual’s rights to possess and bear firearms. In the wake of recent shootings at schools, movie theater, etc., should the amendment be revised?”

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“The students had to write an essay of at least 750 words, demonstrate preparatory efforts and deliver the essay in a time span of five to 10 minutes,” Cole said. “They were judged on their ability to address the topic, their creativity, grammatical usage and voice control,” Cole said.

Catherine Jordan, a Troy resident and sorority member, said that Hampton is very deserving of the scholarship.

“I’ve watched Kendra grow up here in Troy,” Jordan said. “She is an intelligent young woman. She has always set high goals for herself and has been pro-active in her education. Her goal has been to exceeded expectations and she has done that.”

Jordan said Hampton didn’t just excel academically; she was involved in extracurricular activities including cheerleading and teaching Spanish to young students, as well as being involved in community activities.

“Kendra will be successful in whatever path she chooses in life,” Jordan said.

Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington DC in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women.

The goals of its program activities center on significant issues in families, communities, government halls and world assembly chambers. Its efforts constitute an important part of the global experience in the 21st century.

Hampton’s parents are Carolyn and Patrick Hampton.