Students honored at May 31 awards ceremony

Celebrate Achievement Student Awards Ceremony

Jazz88 and the North High Radio Class presented the annual Student Awards Ceremony Wednesday night, May 31st at Elsie’s in Northeast Minneapolis. The event honored achievement and excellence in radio broadcasting among high-school students participating in this long-running curriculum.

Monica Colberg
Monica Colberg

The keynote speaker was singer, actress and Cashew Brittle entrepreneur Thomasina Petrus. Her inspiring keynote included her time at North High School, her diverse career path, and how her mentors encouraged her on her path. She pointed out that it’s OK to not know exactly what you want to do when you graduate from high school; she said there’s time in college to make career decisions.

KBEM management bestowed the inaugural Leadership Award upon Monica Colberg for her special support, passion and dedication to KBEM. Monica’s son Arthur, a KBEM program participant in high school, died in an accident a few years after graduation. To honor his memory, Monica and KBEM set up the Arthur Colberg Scholarship. This year, $2,500 was awarded to Ke’mondrez Sanders. Ke’mondrez has been on the honor roll all four years at North High School, graduating with a 3.72 grade point average. He has also earned a four-year scholarship to Augsburg College.

Students earned the following seven awards:

Broadcaster of the Year: Rayana Wallace

Jon Randleman Outstanding News Announcer: Tamere Powell-Ross

Rhett Olson Engineering Award: Phaizon Scott

Outstanding Senior: Marshell Phillips-Cook

Outstanding Junior: Capri Jones

Outstanding Sophomore: Rayana Wallace

Outstanding Freshman: Javonni Grimes