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Urban League of Palm Beach County planning Delray Beach student induction for National Achievers Society at St. Matthews Episcopal Church

The Urban League of Palm Beach County and National Achievers Society director Marie Sanches' plan to induct students at an upcoming meeting aimed at creating a stronger organization alliance in South Palm Beach County.

Sanches said the membership will be offered to students in elementary, middle and high schools. The Urban League of Palm Beach County and NAS chose Delray Beach because it's one of three communities they'd like to focus on outside of their Australian Avenue hub in West Palm Beach. Sanches said that because that most of their meetings are outside of Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton, some Urban League members and prospective inductees can't get transportation to West Palm Beach.

“Membership is open to third through 12th grade students who earn all As and Bs and are committed to community service. No Cs are accepted unless the student is taking advanced or honors courses. Prospective members must be sponsored by an adult who will serve as a mentor or role model in the achiever’s life,” Sanches said.

Interested students and their parents should attend the Urban League of Palm Beach County’s Center of Excellence during its annual National Achievers Society Spring induction at 3 p.m. on Sat. May 12 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 404 SW Third St. Sanches wants to begin working with students now due to the intense competition of getting into college.

Sanches said the purpose of the National Achievers Society is to encourage, recognize, and reinforce academic achievement among minority students.

“We counter the pervasive and damaging public image of African-American and other minority youths through this effort,” Sanches said.

“We also energize adults in the community to help prepare young people to meet the academic and job standards of the 21st Century.”

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David DiPino joined Forum Publishing Group in August 2006. As a reporter for the Delray Forum, David covers community news and writes a dining column twice a month that focuses on restaurants in South Palm Beach County.

He also is one of the writers of the twice-monthly Hometown Downtown column that looks at events, celebrations, and organizations in Delray and Boynton Beach. He freelances for the Sun-Sentinel during high school football and basketball seasons.

David spent 12 years working in the restaurant industry, and did just about every job in the back of the house, including line cook, sous chef, and dessert chef. A Florida native who lives in Jupiter, he studied Multimedia Journalism at Florida Atlantic University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. David enjoys playing the guitar, golf, boating and snorkeling during his free time.

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