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Annual Scholarship Gala Honors Excellence in Normandy

JENNINGS, MO -- NBA guard and former Wellston resident Ben McLemore returned to St. Louis last week to pay homage to his brother Kevin, who passed away last year.

     McLemore, who is a guard with the Sacramento Kings, presented the inaugural Kevin McLemore Leadership Award to Mohammed Ahmad-Gol, a graduating senior at Normandy High School. Kevin McLemore, a standout basketball player at Normandy High School, graduated in 2013.

     Ahmad-Gol was one of several students recognized at the annual Friends of Normandy School District Scholarship Gala April 26 at Norwood Hills Country Club. Students, parents, teachers, and support staff were recognized at the event which raises funds for scholarships for graduating Normandy seniors.

     This year’s theme for the Gala was Let the Good Times Roll, and like Normandy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Pearson remarked in his opening comments, Normandy is on a roll.

     “Students are graduating with both a high school diploma and with an associate degree. From the opening of the New Early Learning Center to the implementation of the EleMiddle model to the alignment of our course offerings at the high school with regional needs, we are on a roll!” Pearson said. “Teachers are being connected to local universities to support their ongoing professional development through graduate work in literacy and STEM education. We are rolling!”

     In addition to the honors and recognitions, patrons had an opportunity to purchase artwork from the Jefferson Art Academy. Student work featuring historic African-American women were available for sale with proceeds going to the Jefferson Elementary student artists. Fashion design students served as hostesses, wearing their award-winning designs. Musical entertainment was provided by Normandy High School sophomore Margaret Mischeaux and the high school's Jazz Band Combo.       

     Parent of the Year was presented to Alfreda Jones, grandmother of a student at Barack Obama Elementary. Zuncherrie Doyle, secretary at Jefferson Elementary, received the Support Staff of the Year honor. Teacher of the Year was presented to veteran educator Deidre Sealey, Normandy Kindergarten Center.

     Normandy Scholars of Excellence Awards were presented to: Ahmad-Gol,Gabrielle Brown, Alex Cannaday, AunNesty Davis, Javion Dye, Tyrha Gales, Olivia Hughes, Akiya Kollore, Aniya Kollore, Ariel Piphus, and Brandon Rash. 

     To support the Friends of Normandy or volunteer with FON, please contact Carol McCauley at 314-853-3349 or

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CAPTION: NBA player Ben McLemore presents the Kevin McLemore Leadership Award to Mohammed Ahmad-Gol, graduating senior at Normandy High School. The award was presented at the recent Friends of Normandy School District Annual Scholarship Gala at Norwood Hills Country Club.

More photos from the Gala are posted on the district Facebook page.