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Updated: 05/17/2014 08:00:01AM

Honoring the future

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Tasia Wright reads what she wrote at Girls Inc. in a creative writing class called Your Voice Wednesday at the She Knows award luncheon at the Lakeland Center.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Scholarship winners from Girls Inc. got a chance to thank the organization for the awards they won. Speaking is Taylor Carlton. To her right is fellow scholarship winner, Briesha Callins, all the way to the right.

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Chandra Frederick, a Girls Inc. teacher in Bartow, tells about the Power of 9 Thursday at the Girls Inc. annual awards luncheon. With her is Bronne Riles, a college student at FAMU who was in Girls Inc. before she started college there.

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The eight nominees from Girls Inc. were called up Thursday to get their plaques. From left Chrissanne Long, Deloris Johnson, Sonya Holland, Cindy Green, Donna Drisdom, Jacquelin Byrd, Melony Bell and Amy Sumerlin.

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Behind the stage shows the 25 years Girls Inc. has existed in Polk County.

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The winners of the 2013 She Knows Where She's Going award went to Doloris Johnson, Cindy Green and Donna Drisdom.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Perhaps the happiest showing recipient of an award was Jodi Kusley, a teacher in the Lakeland Girls Inc. location. Here she accepts the George W. Jenkins Volunteer Award from Girls Inc. President Kay Fields.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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Girls Inc. student Tasia Wright, when she appeared before the more than 300 people at the annual awards ceremony, probably relayed the day’s theme best.

“I’m not trying to be perfect anymore. I’m just trying to be me,” she said.

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