Hidden Figures, students honored in Lima

LIMA — One movie inspired a movement of honor for the Hy Ho Club in the City of Lima. After watching ‘Hidden Figures’ (a movie highlighting the work of three women in the NASA program), the organization felt compelled to honor figures in their own region. The Hy Ho Club has honored older generations, millennials and decided this year to honor high school students. On Saturday, eleven teenagers were awarded for their hard work and dedication. The luncheon was titled ‘Celebrating Youth and Embracing the Future’.

Linda Washington, Hy Ho Club co-chair, weighed in on this year’s luncheon.

”This is our fifth hidden figure,” said Washington. “Before we recognized our older generation, then we recognized our middle generation and last year we recognized millennials, which were the mayor’s group. This year we thought, let’s recognize our students. We went and asked some of the community leaders to recommend students that fit the criteria that were established by the club.”

Washington said honorees were chosen based on personal achievement, scholastics, athletics, leadership skills and community service.

“We wanted to recognize the students and we wanted to encourage them,” said Washington. “We wanted to let them know they are being recognized and people see them. Sometimes you don’t realize that people see you but people are always watching and we wanted to keep encouraging them and also encourage others to do their best and be their best and give back to the community.”

Students Jakyiah Allen, Jaden Reed, Miracle Manuel, Elijah Jones, Oliveah Sanders, Jordan Frazier, Tiana Spivey, Jamyla Lynch, Isaiah Wilson, Addisyn Freeman and Zion Jackson were honored. Emmanuel Curtis presented the awards to each student sharing what they have done in the community and who they hope to become.

”We wanted to keep encouraging them to make sure they keep pouring into themselves and growing in their personal lives as well as their spiritual lives,” said Washington. “This is a great group of students and they all come from different schools. They each have their own different personalities and career paths.”

Reach Precious Grundy at 567-242-0351.