This past Saturday morning, I photographed the Outstanding Black High School Students (OBHS) Banquet at Marshall University. This event is sponsored by the Center for African-American Students at Marshall every Fall, and is a major recruiting initiative to help increase the enrollment of academically advanced minority students at the university. High school Juniors and Seniors from all over West Virginia, and from metro counties in Ohio and Kentucky are nominated by their high schools based on their leadership and academic accomplishments. The nominated students and their parents are invited to attended the OBHS Weekend at Marshall allowing them to get a chance to experience the university, its students, and the atmosphere on campus.
This year, about 86 students and their parents attended the weekend and ended their visit at the Breakfast Banquet on Saturday, November 3. The banquet ends the weekend and acknowledges each student for their achievements in their education (so far). It was a great event to be a part of, and I think a great opportunity for the students. In fact, MANY years ago I attended the OBHS Weekend as a junior at Huntington High School! I was going to post a picture from that day, but unfortunately that photo is safe and secure at my parents’ house…all I could find was my certificate…
No matter where each of the students decide to go after graduating high school or what field of study they enter, I do hope they continue to find the value and excitement in their education. Congratulations to all of the students and their parents! Here are a few images from the event.
Robert Nunez, a Marshall University Junior majoring in vocal performance sang during the beginning of the banquet (awesome voice!).
A shot of the group from Huntington High School, my alma mater.