SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — In celebration of Black History Month, Ashtabula Area City Schools will recognize African-American alumni and others who have realized a path to success and who are an inspiration to others.

A Trailblazers assembly will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 26 in the gymnasium at Lakeside High School. The five areas of recognition are education, humanitarianism, citizenship/government, business and arts and science, which will include art, fine arts, drama and athletics. 

“The recipients are alumni who have been an inspiration to minorities in one of the categories or non-AACS alumni who have been an inspiration at the local level,” Superintendent Mark Potts said. 

The recipients are as follows: Adrian Powell, education; Jarrod Bunch, arts and science; Elena Marquetti, business; Octavia Harris, citizenship and government, and Steve Sargent, humanitarian award.

“I think this is going to be a great event to honor these deserving role models,” said Liz Penna, president of the Ashtabula Chapter of the NAACP.

The Trailblazers program was created as a culminating event to recognize individuals who have found or created a path of success for students to follow.

“In addition to recognizing local residents, the assembly serves to inspire students to achieve goals they set for themselves,” Potts said.

Ashtabula Area City Schools students participate in Black History Month activities throughout the month of February, including a writing competition, guest speakers, a living museum, spirit week, spirit month and a Black History video. 

“We are excited to collaborate and synchronize our efforts throughout the district,” Potts said. “This will become an annual celebration that we work on together and will work to improve upon each year.”


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