Excellence Awards for Students and Parents
On January 9, the Shia Imami Ismaili Community in Atlanta hosted the Excellence Award Ceremony at the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. Over 200 Ismaili youngsters from all across the region were recognized for academic and well as artistic excellence. The Awards program included a variety of artistic events including poetry recitations as well as musical and dance performances. The program aims to promote excellence in all walks of life, by encouraging participation in academic and professional endeavors.
Dr. Holli A. Semetko, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Director of The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, and Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, was the keynote speaker. Other guests who presented the various awards included: Dr. William Crenshaw of the Georgia Board of Education; State Representative Phyllis Miller; and Mr. Tom Fischgrund, author of 1600 Perfect Score, The Seven Secrets of Acing the SAT.
The primary award category highlights the I-STAR Achievers, a program that recognizes and promotes educational excellence of students in High School and Middle School. The I-STAR program also recognizes accomplishments in arts, sports, or community service. The award ceremony also recognized students winning the President's Volunteer Service Awards, and parents completing 6 years of Positive Informed Active Regular (PIAR) involvement. Students recognized represent five Southeast states, including Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama.
"This is a day when we stop and recognize the achievements of youth and professionals in the community as they pursue excellence in their academic, humanitarian, artistic and professional endeavors. The ceremony itself espouses excellence and serves as a motivational tool for all that attend the event, as well as fosters the desire for increased excellence," stated Dr. Abdul Ahmed, the President of the Ismaili Council for the Southeast.
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