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They are back at it again. The “Little Figures” student group has entered another math video in a nationwide competition, and they are already No. 1 on the leaderboard out of more than 100 submissions.

Iman Zakaria, Sydney Vaughn, Londyn Hall, and Breanna Hutchison recently showcased their submission for the 2019 national MATHCOUNTS video challenge at a local movie theater, and KENS 5 recently interviewed two of the team members about the Avengers-themed video.

This new video centers on T’Chaya and the Avengers. The Avengers and Villains face off at Orlandia in a math challenge countdown. The Avengers call on the Little Figures and Tori of Mathkanda to help solve the math problem and help save the universe.

Last year, the team (Breanna Hutchison, Londyn Hall, Iman Zakaria, and Lindsey Simmons), competed against hundreds of other students across the United States in the challenge, which empowers students to take their math and problem-solving skills to the next level with a creative video project. The San Antonio team traveled to Washington, D.C. for the MATHCOUNTS banquet to get their winning trophies and scholarships.

Little Figures drew their name and inspiration from the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures” movie – the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. The Little Figures team is also a part of the San Antonio chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers Jr.

The team needs the support of the San Antonio community to make sure their video stay No. 1 by voting at videochallenge.mathcounts.org for the “Silver War Countdown” video every 24 hours through March 14. Visitors will have to create an account or login through a social media site in order to vote.

 

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“The Pact” In San Antonio

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With an auditorium full, St. Philip’s College held its President’s Lecture Series featuring The Three Doctors, Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, George Jenkins, fondly known as “The Three Doctors.” These extraordinary role models shared their challenges and discussed how they overcame major hardships to achieve their goals.

The St. Philip’s College President’s Lecture Series provides opportunities for the college and the community to hear speakers’ perspectives on a broad range of local, regional, national and international issues. The lectures are provided at no cost to the audience and are designed to attract students, faculty, and staff as well as the greater San Antonio Community.

As teenage boys growing up on the tough inner-city streets of Newark, New Jersey, these three kindred spirits made a pact: they would stick together, go to college, graduate, and become doctors. Surrounded by negative influences and having few positive role models made this a difficult feat. Now, years later, these three men have overcome countless obstacles and proudly bear the subtitle of doctor, serving as the face of health and education for youth and families across our country.

Having grown up in the streets of Newark, The Three Doctors know firsthand the pressures and struggles of life in the inner city and how difficult it can be going at it alone. Determined not to become victims of their environment, the trio stood firm in their mission and together became one of the most remarkable success stories of inspiration, dedication, and determination. The Three Doctors are frequently asked about their formula for becoming prominent, successful men. While there are numerous factors that played a role in their success, there are particular guidelines that The Three Doctors have and continue to live by to this day. This includes “learning patience,” especially in a world where many have come to want—and expect—instant gratification and success. They urge people to trust self-reliance and inner strength in developing a strategic plan for carrying out long-term goals in life.

Today, Dr. Hunt is a board-certified internist at University Medical Center at Princeton and assistant professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Jenkins serves as assistant professor of clinical dentistry at Columbia University. Dr. Davis is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The Three Doctors have also authored three inspiring books about their lives: The Pact, for adults; We Beat the Streets, for children; and The Bond, which highlights fatherhood relationships. The Three Doctors also find time to give back to the community through their nonprofit organization, The Three Doctors Foundation, which recently celebrated its 11th year of offering free health, education, and mentoring programs for youth and families in the New York/New Jersey area.

The Three Doctors were honored by the National Civil Rights Museum in 2012, received the prestigious Essence Award in 2000 for their accomplishments and leadership, and were awarded a BET Honors Award in 2009. They have been featured medical experts for the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” as well as CNN news. The Three Doctors continue to make numerous television appearances in support of their message of health, education, and youth mentoring. This includes their past appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, during which Ms. Winfrey remarked, “You guys are bigger than rock stars! I think you guys are the premier role models of the world!”

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Denny’s to award $200,000 in scholarships to high school and college students throughout the United States

As part of a national campaign to raise awareness about hunger and increase access to education, Denny’s has partnered with National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), the Tom Joyner Foundation and PUSH Excel to sponsor the 2019 NCNW Hungry for Education Tour of seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The tour, organized by NCNW, marks the seventh year of the Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship Program. The major initiative kicked off with a press conference at 10 a.m. August 16 at the NCNW national headquarters’ Dorothy I. Height Building, 633 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. John Miller, Denny’s president and CEO, April Kelly-Drummond, head of Diversity, Equality, Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, NCNW’s national president, and Janice Mathis, executive director of NCNW, will be among the officials participating in the event, which is open to the media.

Beginning in September 2019, the NCNW 2019 HFE HBCU Tour will visit seven campuses in six cities to encourage college enrollment, academic excellence, and career preparation for students of all backgrounds. Tour stops will be South Carolina State University and Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C. (Sept. 7); Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla. (Sept. 14); Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga. (Sept. 21); Howard University, Washington, D.C. (Sept. 28); Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio, (Nov. 2); and Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas (Nov. 6).

As part of its annual Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, Denny’s will be awarding more than $200,000 in scholarships this year to high school and college students who apply this fall. During each stop along the HBCU Tour, Denny’s also will provide $500 meal scholarships to four high school students and four college students, totaling $4,000 at each college stop. The meal scholarships will be a direct tie-in to Denny’s efforts to address food insecurity on HBCU campuses and an extension of the meal swipe initiative, created by Mary-Pat Hector, winner of the HFE scholarship.

During the tour stops, activities will include panel discussions with celebrity HBCU alumni, marching band performances, campus tours, an overview of campus life including admissions, financial aid, and career counseling, information sessions about Denny’s Hungry for Education scholarships and the opportunity to explore careers at Denny’s. Participating high school students also will have the opportunity to meet current college students, professors, and potential employers.

Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards students who show initiative and creativity in the fight against childhood hunger. Partnering with leading nonprofit minority advocacy organizations, Denny’s Hungry for Education program has awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships to deserving elementary, high school, and college students since its inception. Just as importantly, the program has implemented student-generated ideas for reducing childhood hunger.

“At Denny’s, we have found that supporting HBCUs is an incredibly effective way to invest in the diverse communities we serve,” said April Kelly-Drummond, head of Diversity Equality Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement. “HBCUs make up only 3 percent of the colleges and universities in the United States, yet they produce 23 percent of African-American college graduates.”

Denny’s President and CEO John Miller said that, “The Hungry for Education Scholarship program benefits the scholarship recipients, of course, but when those students use their scholarships at HBCUs, it’s like we’re investing that scholarship twice—once in today’s student and once in the future students who will benefit from the incredible work that HBCUs are doing.”

Janice Mathis, executive director of NCNW, added, “NCNW is very pleased to have great partners like Denny’s, and our HBCU destinations to help us spread the good news that nothing levels the playing field like education.”

Promoting the importance of HBCUs is critical to these school’s success, said Thomas Joyner, chairman and CEO of the Tom Joyner Foundation, “HBCUs have played and still play a key role in providing a nurturing, tough-love environment for so many students over the years. We’ve been working with Denny’s for more than 18 years, and this tour is another example of how we work together to celebrate these schools and give students access to the information and scholarships needed to help them succeed.”

About Denny’s
Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating more than 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Philippines, New Zealand, Honduras, the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, Guam, Guatemala, the United Kingdom, Aruba, El Salvador, and Indonesia. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com, www.dennyshungryforeducation.com or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Instagram, or YouTube.

About NCNW
National Council of Negro Women is a Washington, D.C.-based charitable organization making a difference in the lives of women, children, and families through a four- pronged strategy that emphasizes entrepreneurship, health equity, STEAM education and civic engagement. Founded nearly 85 years ago, NCNW has 290 community and campus bases sections and thirty-two national affiliates representing more than Two Million women and men. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D. is seventh President of NCNW. For more information or to register for the NCNW Hungry for Education Tour, please visit www.ncnw.org.

About Tom Joyner Foundation
The Tom Joyner Foundation (http://tomjoynerfoundation.org) was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 22-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, in excess of $66 million has been raised to support more than 31,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students. You can follow them on Facebook.

About PUSH Excel
PUSH Excel strives to be a world leader in promoting educational excellence and equity in funding and allocation of educational resources so that every child is guaranteed an opportunity to receive a quality education. The mission of PUSH Excel is to promote education excellence by engaging the stakeholders in education to work collaboratively to create opportunities, transform the lives of students and improve communities. Davida Mathis, a South Carolina lawyer, volunteers with PUSH Excel to produce King Legacy Week, an innovative introduction to higher education and STEAM careers for SC youth.

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Kids Changing the World

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Nationwide — Adom Appiah, a fifteen-year old student athlete and former Scripps National Spelling Bee participant, has written a third book to motivate children. The book, Kids Can Change the World – Young Readers’ Edition, has been accepted by the Library of Congress.

 A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) writing program, Adom wrote his first book, Kids Can Change the World, in June 2017. His second book, titled Bouncing Back from Failure, was released in July of 2018. Whereas the first book encourages kids to turn their passion into progress, the second book offers an uplifting perspective for kids facing disappointment.

Adom is the founder of Ball4Good, a nonprofit that supports communities through sports. He was recently named the South Carolina High School State Honoree for the prestigious Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

All three books are available in select bookstores and online.

You may follow Adom’s journey on:
Facebook – @iamadomappiah
Instagram – @iamadomappiah
Twitter – @iamadomappiah

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