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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A night to celebrate students. The 18th annual student recognition banquet was held at the McGuffy Center Thursday night.

It was presented by the Youngstown Area Alliance of Black Educators.

Four students from each Youngstown City School and from private and charter schools were selected to be honored.

Misha Stredrick, Assistant Principal at East High School and secretary of YAABE said, "Those students are recognized for either their academic achievement or their achievement in some other area in order for an educator to notice."

Traci Cain is a teacher and the President of YAABE. "We wanted to reach out our hands to show we are here for them. We want to recognize their achievements and their accomplishments and to encourage them to continue to do the good things that they're doing and move on further."

Among the honorees are those graduating at the top of their class from Youngstown's high schools.

Deontay Scott is the salutatorian from East High School. "I'm going to plan on going to either Ohio State or Cleveland State to major in mechanical engineering."

The YAABE is also handing out scholarships to seniors who plan to pursue a career in education.

From seniors to kindergarteners, the organization hopes this annual benefit will motivate kids to keep reaching for their goals.

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