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Black Student Union Hosts Senior Farewell, Pinning Ceremony

The Clayton High School Black Student Union (BSU) hosted its inaugural Senior Farewell & Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, May 23, in the CHS Library. The ceremony, which was attended by BSU members, parents, District staff members and community members, recognized the organization’s six seniors: Reese Barnett, William Clay III, Brooklynn Day-Smith, KeYonn Hall-Baker, Lavant "Chance" Rogers and Darryl Sams. Each senior received a pin and certificate of appreciation from U.S. Senator William Lacy Clay Jr. to remind them of their time in the BSU.


The ceremony also recognized the four individuals who presented as part of the BSU’s first “This is My Truth” speaker series this year: Kim Hudson, Fox2/Channel 11 News; Sharon Burroughs, child advocate and retired Hazelwood School District educator; Dr. Kashina Bell, School District of Clayton Assistant Superintendent of Student Services; and Jason Wilson, School District of Clayton Board of Education member. Additionally, CHS Assistant Principal Dr. Ryan Luhning and Counselor Tobie Smith received certificates of appreciation for their support of the 12th-grade class.


The guest speakers at the Senior Farewell included Dr. LaTonia Collins-Smith, Associate Provost from Harris-Stowe State University; Hon. Betty L. Thompson, Former Missouri House Representative; Hon. Brian Williams, Missouri Senator; and Hon. William Lacy Clay Jr., U.S. Congressman.


The event also included a performance by African drummers and dancers from Better Family Life, including CHS sophomore and BSU member Amour Jones and Wydown Middle School sixth-grader Addison Jones. Miranda Jones, Vice President of Youth, Family & Clinical Programs at Better Family Life, received the BSU's Community Hero Award for the work she and Better Family Life have done with BSU this school year.


The BSU staff advisers include CHS/WMS Social Worker Dr. Sheila Powell-Walker, CHS Science Teacher Mike Sankey and CHS Activities Director T'Shon Young.