Young scholar awarded new laptop computer

CORINTH – Corinth High School graduate Montre Luster earlier this week was awarded a new laptop computer by Brothers Making A Difference, as he prepares to enter his freshman year at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
The computer award was a total surprise.
“I plan to major in nursing, and this means one less thing I have to pay for at school,” Luster said after being given the computer at the Corinth Black History Museum earlier this week.
“This is the fifth computer BMAD has given away,” said President Lamar “Jake” Keith. “We keep an eye on students, how they’re performing in the classroom and outside the classroom, to make our decision. They don’t have to participate in our programs, and we always keep it secret until we make the award.”
Last year’s recipient, 2009 CHS graduate Eric Walker, will be a sophomore at Northeast this fall, majoring in computer science.
“Having the computer has helped me so much,” Walker said. “In this major there’s a lot of work in programming class that you have to do outside the computer lab.”
Brothers Making A Difference is a group that mentors young black males in Corinth and Alcorn County, and celebrated 10 years of service throughout 2009.
They began the yearlong celebrations with a book fair at Barnes & Noble in Tupelo and through the year held a Family Pride Day celebration on Memorial Day, made a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and held a community service day on Make a Difference Day in October.
The group also is noted for annual trips to historical black colleges and universities to help the youths begin making plans for the future.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

Lena Mitchell / Daily Journal Corinth Bureau