Stars Shine in Pontiac with Student Performances and Ascend Scholarships

Stars Shine in Pontiac with Student Performances and Ascend Scholarships

(Crystal A. Proxmire, June 11, 2018)

Pontiac, MI – Each year the Clarence E. Phillips Ascend Foundation hosts a Night of the Stars to celebrate the talent of Pontiac’s youth, including performances and scholarship awards presentation. Over $84,000 in scholarships were awarded to kids in the community.

Performances included Boggs African Drum and Dance Ensamble, ballet and tap by My Dance Studio and a hip hop performance by Sean Preston. The Detroit Youth choir sang gospel and God’s Work Through Mime mixed praise with performance.  Quest All-Stars Dance and Cheer Team also showed off their moves.

Scholarship winners were:

Mr. Brian Garcia                 Flagstar Bank Leon ‘Coach’ Conley Academic Scholarship

Ms. Za’Kariya Brown                      Solomon Bonner Athletic/Academic Scholarship

Ms. Ariana Louris            Amy Camille Muhammad Nursing Education Scholarship

Ms. Amaya Taylor        Brenda Hanks Academic Management/Engineering Scholarship

Mr. Cameron Clark        Oakland University/Ascend Foundation Unity Scholarship

Mr. Mikal Goodman    Marilyn Childress Community Service Excellence Scholarship

Nadine P. Grandberry Foundation 2018 Scholarships Recipients:

Mr. Robert Patton                            Nadine P. Grandberry Academic Book Scholarship

Mr. Larry Thomas                                             NPG Academic Excellence Scholarship

Akena Long 2018 Book Scholarship Recipients:

Ms. Bianca Walker

Ms. Moriah Rutherford

Mr. Brian Garcia

For more information on the Ascend Foundation visit


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