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Rodriguez graduate Aries Gresham, and others, walk down the aisle at St. Stephen CME Church for the church's baccalaureate service, Sunday. Gresham will be attending California State University, Dominguez Hills. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Sorority honors Solano graduates with scholarships

By From page A3 | June 02, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A group of high school seniors – decked out Sunday in their caps and gowns – celebrated graduation a little early.

About 25 women walked in procession at St. Stephen CME Church after receiving scholarships from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The Tau Upsilon Omega Chapter hosted its 23rd annual baccalaureate ceremony to honor the group for their community service, academics and good character.

Guest speaker Ruthie Bolton, the girls basketball coach at Vacaville Christian School, encouraged the scholarship recipients to follow their own paths. Bolton said she had been told that she couldn’t play basketball, but went on to play with the U.S. women’s basketball team at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

“Grasp your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it,” she said.

Fairfield High School senior Ebony Hughes played basketball and volleyball and ran track for the Falcons. She said she could relate to Bolton’s story.

“(It’s) kind of the same predicament,” she said. “They told me that I was not fast and wasn’t good.”

Hughes, who is interested in medicine, plans to attend Diablo Valley College and join the U.S. Air Force. The 19-year-old said leaving high school is “bittersweet” and she will miss “all the moments and . . . friends.”

Rodriguez High School senior Delia Fuller, a friend of Hughes and a fellow scholarship recipient, plans to traverse the country for her education. The 18-year-old will attend Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

“I wanted to get a better experience,” she said. “I have close family out there.”

Earline Murray, president of the Tau Upsilon Omega Chapter, had some advice to share before closing the day’s ceremony.

“Never get it twisted,” she said. “Nothing you have is because of luck and chance. It’s because of God’s grace that you have what you have.”

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Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • V. W.June 02, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    Great article! It's wonderful to see an organization (Tau Upsilon Omega Chapter of AKA) honor graduating seniors highlighting their academic and community service accomplishments. Good luck seniors on all future endeavors.

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  • Lynda DonahueJune 02, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    It is great to see the young people honored in their community church. Graduation is special and students need encouragement to continue their education. Occasions like this show community support.

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  • Earline MurrayJune 03, 2014 - 11:47 pm

    Ms. Harris, Thank you for the great coverage of our Baccalaureate on Sunday. Recognizing the young people in our communities is so important. One minor correction: our keynote speaker was Ms. Danette Mitchell and remarks were made by Ms. Ruthie Bolton. We certainly appreciate your coverage.

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