Black McDonald’s Owner Operators and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Houston and Galveston, Inc. presented the annual African American Future Achievers Scholarship Awards Luncheon Friday May 18, 2012 at the Houstonian Hotel in Houston.

Stephanie Oliver, president of the Black McDonald’s Owner Operators Association,  opened the ceremony by acknowledging the accomplishments of each scholarship recipient.

“We are here today to celebrate the achievements of 25 local area high school students who through scholastic ability and community service have demonstrated exceptional leadership and character. These students are now preparing for their challenging, yet bright, futures and they have truly displayed the potential to achieve in their future endeavors” said President Oliver.

Mistress of Ceremonies Stacy Johnson, the CEO, VA Productions, presented the keynote speaker Gospel Radio Personality/Minister Anthony Valery, who conveyed a message of not only knowing, but living, in your moments and being acquiescent to your dreams.

Following the keynote address was Black McDonald’s Owner Operator John Tillman Jr., who delivered the benediction, along with musical tributes by Southwestern Christian Summer Tour and Kids in dance. The AAFA judges Stephanie Oliver, Black McDonald’s Owner Operators Vice President Mary Redmond and Black McDonald’s Owner Operators Denise Bentham, Angela Majors and Gloria Holloway closed out the ceremony by awarding  “The 25 African American Future Achievers” with individual scholarships of $2,000 dollars.

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Alexandria Green

Houston TX, Writer, Photographer, Pop Culture Connoisseur.