An emerging young leader, true Austin gem
Our daughter, Jazmine Stockdale, just returned from the Junior National Young Leaders conference in Washington D.C. She attended the conference from August 5-11, along with similar academically-inclined students from across the nation. Jasmine ,who attends The Chicago Academy School, was nominated and selected to represent her school, based on her academic achievement and leadership potential.

Jazmine is an outgoing, hardworking 10-year-old who aspires to attend the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana to become a pediatrician someday. She is an honor roll student who has maintained perfect attendance-all while playing basketball for her fifth grade team, being a member of the student council, attending piano class once a week, and attending ballet and advanced ballet classes twice per week. On weekends, when she is not so busy, Jazmine helps pick up trash on our block in an effort to maintain its character and beauty.

In today’s society, you hear so much negativity about our inner-city youth and how many students are failing or being depicted as not having the ability to compete with other students from the suburbs or affluent communities. We may be biased, but we feel Jazmine is an emerging leader and true Austin gem our community should know.

James and Chiwanda Stockdale

Granddaughter takes first place in talent show for young and gifted entertainers
We are Deacon James & Ruby Lucas. We are members of Friendship Baptist Church, 5200 W. Jackson Blvd. Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall is our Pastor. Our granddaughter, Joshlyn Camille Lomax, age 6, entered and won 1st place in the Young, Black and Gifted Entertainment Midwest Talent Show, which was held Friday, Aug. 11, at the Duncan YMCA Auditorium, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd in Chicago.

Joshlyn sang a stirring rendition of “We need a word from the Lord” recorded by Thomas Whitfield and Vickie Winans.

Joshlyn has been singing since the age of 6 months. She enjoys school, talking, singing and spending time with her family.

Deacon James and Ruby Lucas
Friendship Baptist Church