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POSTED: October 09, 2008, 12:00 am

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The Greater Washington Urban League, in collaboration with NBC4 TV, will hold its 10th Annual National Achievers Society induction ceremony on Sunday October 12 at 3 p.m. at Israel Baptist Church, located on 1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE in the nation’s capital. The event is free and open to the public. The National Achievers Society (NAS) is the National Urban League’s academic honor society, open to students in grades 7-12. The NAS promotes and rewards scholarship and academic achievement.

The event will honor area students from the District, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. The students are in grades 7-12 and have maintained a 3.0 grade point average or higher while also being involved in community or faith-based activities. This year’s NAS event will induct 90 students. The guest speaker will be Kerri Forrest, a White House producer for NBC News and will be hosted by James Adams from NBC4.

Greater Washington Urban League President and CEO Maudine R. Cooper notes, “The National Achievers Program is the Urban League’s effort to recognize outstanding youth and provide them with support, opportunities to travel, career exploration workshops, networking, and continued encouragement for success.” Now in its 70th year the Greater Washington Urban League continues to provide a range of services, including education, employment and training; aging and health services; and housing and community development that serve more than 65,000 people annually.

The National Achievement Society was initiated in 1997 by a coalition of national Black organizations, including faith based, social and civic groups, concerned with the academic crisis impacting Black children and youth of color. Students inducted into NAS must earn all A’s or B’s, with no C’s unless they are in advanced or honor courses. The Society is designed to drastically reduce the negative peer pressure frequently experienced by Black students when they are associated with academic achievement and to bring attention to student achievement in schools and communities. To date the Greater Washington Urban League has inducted over 500 students.

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