A dynamic young lady whose name is Kenya Moore is 17-years-old, and the eldest of three daughters. Her sisters are Karen and Kayla and they are the children of Mr. Ken and Mrs. Sheryl Moore. Kenya has done a great job representing the Elks from the local level of Sanford to the State of Florida level, the regional of Florida and the National Elks at the Convention held in Texas where she received top awards in every category of the oratorical contest.
She is a 2012 graduate of Crooms Academy of Information Technology where she was ranked in the top 20 percent of her graduating class. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Leadership, Varsity Volleyball and the Captain of the Varsity Basketball team.
As a student, Kenya received many awards which include the “Distinguished Athletic Award” from the Marine Corps, the Perfect Attendance Award, the Crooms Academy Alumni Association Scholarship and the AKA Sorority Award.
This year, she participated in the IBPOE Elks of the World Scholarship Contest and won 2nd Place against seven other contestants. She will receive a scholarship from each level of the contest with a $2,500 scholarship from the National level. Apart from the Elks, she has been the recipient of seven other scholarships in the community.
Kenya’s plans are to attend the University of South Florida to study Physical Therapy/Sport Medicine after completing two years of basic studies at Seminole State College. Kenya is the grand daughter of Eartha Scott Joseph and the late Bennie C. Joseph.
Kenya’s beliefs are that without God, she is nothing and she credits all of her successes to Him. Her motto is “There is No Substitute for Hard Work and Dedication.” Special thanks goes to the members of Celery City Lodge #542 and Evergreen Temple #321 IBPOE Elks of the World, Brother Roosevelt Cummings, Exalted Ruler and Daughter Adrenne Washington, Daughter Ruler, Daughter Eva Williams, local Education Director and Daughter Retha Baker District Education Director.
• Sanford Alumna Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorotity, Inc. presented one of the most gratifying and electrifying “Jazz it Up” events on Sunday, July 29 at the Elks Lodge, 610 Cypress Avenue.
An Evening of Jazz presented by Kenneth Moulton and Band was a “smooth jazz oasis” which held the audience captive the entire 3 hours of nothing but jazz-pop and more jazz.
President, Dr. Barbara Kirby-Bentley, gave a warm welcome to the audience. She said to the audience, “This event is one of our fundraisers, which helps support our scholarships.”
This band is one of the finest Central Florida has to offer with Ken Moulton on the trumpet and George Myles on drums. The bass player and piano player of the Altamonte Jazz Society, have changed its name to the Sanford Jazz Society. Tonya Staples, female vocalist in the group, captivated the audience with her electrifying voice that won the hearts of the crowd.
The band players are in Orlando every weekend at Vines Bar and Grill, Sand Lake Road. Also, special spoken word guest and Tezlyn Figaro filled the hearts of the guests with one of her astonishing verse of poetry that was soothing to the soul.
Thanks to chairperson Dr. Valene Hartsfield and the Jazz it Up committee members for a “job well done.” Also thanks for the support of all Delta Ladies and the community of Seminole County. Don’t miss the next “Jass it Up” event scheduled for Sept. 30.