The Forum: City students receive SAY It Proud awards


PITTSFIELD -- Two city students, Cheyenne VanBramer and Jetter White, were recently honored with S.A.Y. It Proud awards for their leadership and positive contributions to the community. The award program is supported by the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership of the Berkshire United Way.

During this past Third Thursday, VanBramer, a junior at Pittsfield High School, was named the May winner of the S.A.Y. It Proud award. She was nominated by Shirley Edgerton, director of the Youth Alive Step Team and Drum Corps, who also presented VanBramer with a plaque for her nine years of membership with the troupe.

Edgerton said VanBramer, a white student, has demonstrated against the stereotype that step dancing is "only something black kids do." VanBramer not only picked up and excelled at the performing art, but now teaches step to younger students. "She's a senior of senior members who has done amazing things," Edgerton said.

In addition, VanBramer is also a high honors student at PHS.

Jetter White, a sophomore, was also honored as the March S.A.Y. It Proud award winner from Taconic High School.

"Jetter is a walking example of a youth living above the influence. He is vice president of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and is a conscientious and hard-working student," wrote nominator and SADD adviser April Nutting.

In addition to SADD, White is also active in the Taconic Theater Department and Berkshire Children's Theater productions, both on stage and behind-the-scenes; he's also performed with the Town Players of Pittsfield.

He has also made the school's honor roll.

Both White and VanBramer were given framed certificates, gift cards, T-shirts and a youth membership to the Pittsfield Family YMCA.


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