A former DeKalb County student received the
Shara Bennett, majored in political science and received the award for her leadership as president of
the NAACP Collegiate Chapter and Sisters Striving for Excellence. Her other campus involvement included Student Government Association, Tiger Ambassadors, Student Orientation Leaders, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
In the community, Bennett’s passion for voluntarism has included projects with the Inner City Night Shelter, Boys and Girls Club and Second Harvest Food Bank. Bennett plans to study abroad and attend a pathway program for recent graduates interested in government careers. Bennett, who is from Stone Mountain, is a graduate of Stephenson High School.
The other winner of the prestigious award, was Anita Taylor, a homeland security and emergency management major, received the recognition for her stellar leadership as president of the degree program’s student organization, which was heavily involved in numerous campus and community projects the Inner City Night Shelter, the Home Depot Hurricane Expo and various security simulations.
In June, Taylor will join the Federal Emergency Management Agency Corps in Vicksburg, Miss., as a field team leader for disaster response. A native of Holly Hill, S.C., Taylor attended Cross High School.
At each commencement ceremony, the President’s Second Mile Award is presented to a deserving student or students in recognition of stellar and meritorious achievement.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the
oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s 4,800 students select degree majors from 26 undergraduate and five graduate programs in the three colleges – Liberal Arts and
Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology – and the School of