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Banquet celebration

Champaign Central senior Arianna Balgoyen and her mentor, Yolanda O’Connor, are all smiles for a photo taken by mentor Ron Cochran after one of the C-U One-to-One Mentoring Program’s annual scholarship banquets Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. Graduates usually celebrate with younger students and their mentors in a single festive banquet setting. However, COVID-19 restrictions forced officials to call an audible one year after the banquet was canceled altogether. For more coverage from this week’s banquets, follow The News-Gazette on Instagram (@news_gazette) and Snapchat.

The C-U One-to-One Mentoring Program hosted scholarship banquets this week to salute high school graduates and their mentors from Urbana (Tuesday), Champaign Central (Wednesday) and Centennial (Thursday).

Scholarships provide up to $14,000 for graduating seniors to use to further their education.

The nonprofit C-U One-to-One Mentoring Scholarship Foundation also recognized four students who demonstrated outstanding perseverance, drive and positivity:

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Grit Award: Taniece Davis (right) and mentor Jazmine Summerville.

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Grit Award: Lauren Cravens (left) and mentor Diane Buller.

Grit Award:

  • Lauren Cravens and Taniece Davis of Centennial.
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JFG Award: Eli Johnson (right) and mentor Phyllis Winters-Williams.

JFG Award:

  • Eli Johnson of Urbana.
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Vison Award: Terrykah Smith (right) and mentor Margaret Stewart.

Vision Award:

  • Terrykah Smith of Central.

Completing its 27th year, the program is seeking mentors for the 2021-22 school year.

If you’re interested, contact Lauren Smith in Champaign (smithla@u4sd.org or 217-351-3722) or Tom Howley in Urbana (thowley@usd116.org or 217-337-0853).

This year’s graduates and mentors:

CENTENNIAL

Mentee/Mentor

Xanylah Craig/Lynn Mikovich

Lauren Cravens/Diane Butler

Emmon’y Davis/Diane Buller

Taniece Davis/Jazmine Summerville

Reyanna Dodd/Betsy Alfonso

Jabariana Fowlkes/Karen Rock

Devin Gilbert/Brad Schnizlein

Kendall Henderson/Dean Brown

Traveon Johson/David Gray

Elijah Moore/Justin Craig

Rachel Ormsby/Diane Butler

Amareon Parker/Joe Gallo

Alani Price/Lynn Mikovich

Josh Taylor/Wade Franklin

CHAMPAIGN CENTRAL

Mentee/Mentor

Izayah Alexander/Justin Wilfley

Arianna Balgoyen/Yolanda O’Connor

Dyamond Bass/Kourtni Turner and Dwania Clark-Turner

Nick Costa/David Sharpe

Franklin Crawford/Nathan Rath

Hailey Hamm/Margaret Mauer

India Huffman/Amanda Baker

Keyon McLaurin/Ron Cochran

Angel Mendoza/Charles Larenas

Jaliyah Nesbitt/Kate Flugge

Brianna Ronk/Kathryn Glynn

Tarrykah Smith/Margaret Stewart

Ellena Thomas/Leisha Beasley

Heaven Walker/Lynn Mikovich

URBANA

Mentee/Mentor

Britany Alvarado/Karen Shelton

Jose Alvarez/Jeff Unger

Daijohna Billings/Kristen Young

Kelisia Brown/Kate Kemball

Arizona Dalton/Dave Charney

Nia Diaz/Kim Ormsby

Kelis Dunn/Caroline Ewing Helton

Corvaughn Estes/Philip Gable

Marissa Guiles/Courtney Tamimie

Marlon Howerton-Sweid/Keenan Arnette

Aaliyah Jackson/Lula Chen

Eli Johson/Phyllis Winters-Williams

Bailey Kimbrell/Lynnsey Brownfield

Adan Michel/Michael Bantz

Brooklyn Nesbitt/Arlene Anderson

Allison Perez-Briseno/Deborah Tamimie

Tyonna Pettius/Mary Blair

Joe Tull/Steve Schollmeier

Tony Walker/Sharon Dill-Hardy

Jermale Young/Dan Hoch

NOVAK ACADEMY

Mentee/Mentor

Luca Villasenor/John Gutzmer

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