Sharine Annoh and Tamia West, both M.E.T.S. Newark seniors, were honored at the 25th annual Essex County Academic Awards Banquet held on May 1st. The young women were honored for being the top two academically ranked graduates from the M.E.T.S. Charter School Newark campus. Each public high school in the county was represented by the students with the top two grade point averages of their senior class. The wonderful event was hosted by the Essex County Executive Superintendent of Schools at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville. The students said it felt good to receive recognition, and that they are excited to keep learning when they go off to college next year. Tamia West, top in her class, is looking to continue her education at Kean University as a criminal justice major. Her end goal is to become a district attorney and she has already been taking steps towards this as a Newark Junior Officer. When Tamia is not serving her community she can be found playing basketball or the African drums. Sharine Annoh will be attending William Patterson University as a nursing major. She is already volunteering at University Hospital in Newark to prepare for her future. Ms. Annoh said :
"It was a great honor and an amazing experience to be recognized at the Essex County Acedemic Award Banquet. I am proud to be the first member of my family going to college and now I know anything is possible with determination and hard work!"
Mrs. Harris, the Newark campus Instructional Leader, attended with these star students and was happy to have them represent her school. These two scholars have grown into the type of people that all underclassmen should emulate. Everyone at M.E.T.S. appreciates all their hard work and effort.