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Cape Gazette FRIDAY, MARCH 2 -MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 89 " Students celebrate history with skits, music, dance By Melissa Steele melissasteele@capegazette.com A Michael Jackson tribute brought the house down during H.O. Brittingham Elementary School's black history celebra- tion Feb. 24. "When everyone danced it was the best part," said Kaeli O'Neill, 11. "t liked seeing the teachers and kids dancing." This was the fourth year H.O. Brittingham Elementary has or- ganized a schoolwide event cele- brating the accomplishments of African-Americans. This year's director, Bevelene Holloman, said she was proud of the stu- dents who participated. "They worked really hard at it, and they did a great job," she said. The cafeteria was standing room only as students and rela- tives enjoyed the morning pro- duction. "This is truly a group effort," said Principal Cristy Greaves during her welcome speech. "We show that every day at HOB we all work together and show re- spect for each other." Following a dance routine, stu- dent Ericson Willy delivered Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and Myles Haz- zard presented his personal dream speech. A skit featuring George Wash- ington Carver and other entre- preneurs showed students inven- tions, scientific discoveries and businesses developed by African-Americans. Student trumpeters Josiah and Caden Miller played a duet; the school chorus sang an inspira- tional song, and special guests, the Comfort Zone band, gave the audience a taste of jazz. The event helped students un- derstand the many contributions African-Americans made to this country. "I learned black people can make a change, in the world," said Natalie Evans, 10. Greaves said the biggest lesson students could learn from the presentations was never give up on your dreams. "Even when it looks like it's not your day or things aren't going well with your family you can still have your dreams," she said. From President Barack Obama to Oprah Winfrey, sports star Michael Jordan to actor Denzel Washington, Kaeli said she was impressed with how many African-Americans have achieved success through hard work. "I learned black people are spe- cial in many ways," she said. MELISSA STEELE PHOTOS HO. BR~TT~NGNAM ELEMENTARY students sing during a black history celebration Feb. 24. Pictured are (I-r) Tiffany Rivera, Boris Maleski and MaKayla Bowman-Cephas. Students open the celebration with a dance routine. Pictured are (I-r) Dania Cannon, Niyashja Mosley and Kendall Richardson. Jerome Foster played the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for one skit. Pictured with Foster are Davonte Johnson, center, and Carson Pulley. Del Tech offers ballroom dancing starting March 6 Classes heldat held from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. begin- ning March 6 and ending May Lewes' Coolspring 22. Presbyterian Church Intro to Jitterbug, Foxtrot and Cha Cha - The Big Band Era Delaware Tech Owens is of- Dances - These dances were fering four different ballroom popular in the '20s, '30s and '40s dancing programs beginning in March. All four programs are held at Coolspring Presbyterian Church in Lewes. Intro to Waltz, Rhumba and Tango - The program will be and are still the best basic dances to learn. The program will be held from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. beginning March 6 and ending May 22. Single Step Swing (Jitterbug), Foxtrot - Participants must know basics of these dances or speak with the instructor for permis- sion to attend. The program is held from 6:45 to 7:45 each Thursday beginning March 8 and ending May 31. There is no class April 26. Beyond the Basics: Cha Cha, Waltz and Rumba - Participants must know basics of these dances or speak with the in- structor for permission to at- tend. The program is held from 6:45 to 7:45 each Thursday, be- ginning March 8 and ending May 31. There is no class April 26. For more information, or to register, call Corporate and Community Programs at 302- 856-5618. Nominations open for Delaware Tech Distinguished Alumni Awards Delaware Tech Owens is ac- cepting nominations for the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is to be presented at the annual Walk of Success In- duction Ceremony in October. Honorees selected for the award are judged on the basis of their professional and career achievements related to their area of study, service to Delaware Tech and its surround- ing communities, leadership ac- tivities, reputation among col- leagues, academic achievements beyond Delaware Tech and other --22, significant contributions. Bronze plaques bearing the graduate's name, date of gradua- tion, find date of induction Ere placed in the walkway between the Stephen J. Betze Library and the Carter Partnership Cenfer; each honoree also receives a plaque. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate of an associate degree or diplo- ma program at Delaware Tech, Owens Campus. Alumni must have graduated at least seven Continued on page 90