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The Black Excellent Talent Awards (BET) was a night of celebration of Edmond Santa Fe’s African-American student body. The event honors the black students of our school for their achievements and wishes them a farewell as they embark on a new journey outside of high school. The event was attended by family members and friends gathered in the auditorium on Apr. 29 to commemorate the success of their loved ones. 

The ceremony began with a guest speaker, Debreon Davis, the Executive Director of Secondary Education, who had moving words for the audience. Davis captivated the crowd while talking about her own experiences as a student at Santa Fe, and how hard it was to often be the only minority in classes. She speaks of how Santa Fe has grown when it comes to diversity. Davis talks about the light within all the students. 

After her speech to the crowd, she leaves them with parting words: “What is the light, what is the gift within you, so you make not only yourself but others show their light as well.”

Educators at Santa Fe had the opportunity to nominate black students. Seniors had received awards ranging from subject talent to sports talent. Some received awards such as Excellence in Engineering, to Excellence in Fine Arts. Several students had the opportunity to receive more than one award. This ceremony gave teachers the chance to nominate a student of their choice to receive recognition.

The night ended with current committee members of the Black Student Union announcing next year’s positions. The title of President was handed down from Alanna LaDeaux to Camille Lawrence. Lawrence hopes to set up mentorship programs for middle school students, as well as to continue having cultural events that connect the student body.

“Be proud of your heritage, embrace your culture, and be open-minded to learn about other ethnicities,” Lawrence said.

Positions such as upperclassmen representative, vice president, public relations, and more were handed down from seniors to the students. A new committee will now be overseeing the club. 

 All good things must come to an end. Students and family were treated with refreshments and food as they made their way home. The night was full of love, jubilation, and much more. The Black Student Union looks forward to celebrating more students, and further creating events to celebrate black youth in the future. 

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