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KI-JANA WALKERRecipient, "2013 Outstanding Advocate for Cultural & Historical Education"The Native American Indian Alliance Historical Society recently named Ki-Jana Walker as a recipient of a 2013 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR CULTURAL & HISTORICAL EDUCATION AWARD. Ki-Jana will be honored on Wednesday, April 24th at The Woodlands Mansion, Woodbury, N.Y., for his outstanding contributions toward the advancement of multi-culturalism and historical education.Please help support Ki-Jana in his goal to raise a minimum of $1,000 for this important fundraiser. Proceeds support the Native American Indian Alliance Historical Society's important programs and services!Below is a brief summary of Ki-Jana's outstanding accomplisments:Ki-Jana Kahlil Walker-Michel was born February 20th, 1995 to proud parents Tamika Hill and Alexandre Hallie Michel and step parents Rodney Hill and Roseney Charles. Ki-Jana is the great grandson of the late Reverend Oscar Walker and his widow Sarah Walker, and the late Deacon Johnnie Watson and Lilly Mae Watson. He has three younger siblings: Amaya (7), Amir (5), and Rodney Jr. (4). Mr. Walker-Michel grew up in Hempstead, NY and Oyster Bay, NY. He attended Theodore Elementary School (Oyster Bay), Charles D. Ludlum (now Barack Obama) Elementary School (Hempstead), Roosevelt Children’s Academy Middle School (Roosevelt, NY), and his freshman year of high school at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School (Hicksville, NY). After some health struggles suffered by his mother, Walker-Michel moved back to Oyster Bay, NY with his mother, stepfather, and youngest brother. The health issues took a toll on the family and Ki-Jana especially, the decision was made for him to attend Oyster Bay High School. Oyster Bay High School is the high school in which his mother and father attended and graduated from. He is now a senior at Oyster Bay High School. During his student career at Oyster Bay High School, Ki-Jana has earned the love and respect of the faculty and his fellow peers. He was a percussionist in the Symphonic Band, a selected member of peer-to-peer counseling group known as Undecided, a three year Varsity Football starter (Co-Captain), a two year Varsity Lacrosse player (original member of OBHS’ first Varsity Lacrosse team), and a one year Varsity Basketball player. He is also a member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), but most of all he is an endearing individual. Ki-Jana a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and is a New York State Scholar Athlete. He received All-Conference, Academic All-Conference, and Honorable Mention All-County for his play on the football field and performance off the field in the classroom. He was honored with the Youth Humanitarian Award by the Interreligious & Human Needs Council. At the Mount Olive Baptist Church of Oyster Bay Ki-Jana serves in many capacities, one of which is a Minister. He also Assistant Choir Director, Percussionist, and former head of the Audio/Visual Department. Ki-Jana looks forward to attending the University of Alabama come this fall, where his concentration will be Pre-Law and majoring in Theology and English. He attributes all his success to GOD. “Without him I would be nothing,” says Walker-Michel firmly. He ascribed his motivation to the love and care for his sister and two brothers. Ki-Jana believes his calling and purpose in life is to “CHANGE LIVES IN A POSITIVE WAY”. The 2013 ADVOCATES FOR CULTURAL & HISTORICAL EDUCATION AWARDS takes place on Wednesday, April 24, 2014, 6pm to 8pm, at The Woodlands Mansion, Woodbury. N.Y.. To register or for more information, call Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net
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