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Majestic Star Casino Awards Students $30,000 in Scholarships

Majestic Star Casino, in collaboration with the Gary Accord Communities in Schools, hosted its third annual Majestic Star Student Program awards luncheon on Thursday, May 20 at Indiana University Northwest. The awards program was designed to help teachers motivate Gary’s fifth grade students and seniors toward progressive achievement.

During the program, students were encouraged to set goals in the areas of academics, attendance and community service and then strive to meet them. "High school students applied for the scholarships and awards by writing essays and offering evidence of academic achievement and community service," said Chareice White, Director of Community Relations, Majestic Star Casino.

This year, fifth grades student from Aetna, Duncan, Locke and Riley along with seniors from Emerson School of Performing Arts, Horace Mann, Lew Wallace, Martin Luther King, Roosevelt, Wirt and West Side participated in the program.

Students from each of the schools that have excelled above and beyond during the program were invited to the awards recognition luncheon. In addition, Majestic Star Casino partnered with United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to donate (3) $1,500 scholarships to a student attending a UNCF school.

Recipients of the Majestic Star first place $1,500 scholarship include seniors Naomi Boone (Horace Mann); Shannon O. Williams (Emerson); Ronald Gordon (Roosevelt); JaVotne Givens (Wirt); Samantha Roberts (Wallace); Robine Watts (King Academy); Janae Kelly (West Side).

Second place, $1,000 scholarships recipients include seniors Jau’Queasha Byrd (Wallace), Joseph Tinsley (Wirt), Clarence Hudson Jr., (Roosevelt), Arnaesha Greer (Roosevelt) and Shaleya Osborne (King).

Jamila Lee Johnson (Emerson); Ieyana Price (Roosevelt) and Robin Watts (King) were recipients of UNCF $1,500 scholarships.

The fifth grade students who were awarded $250 gift cards include Le’Azhia Hunter (Aetna)’ Suave’ Washington (Duncan); Arbanee Davis, Shaunice Emory, Kourtnee Core, Michael A. Jones, Latajonae Larry and Shaquita Stokes (Locke).

Majestic Star Casino is 100% owned and operated by Don H. Barden, the only African American to own and operate a national casino entertainment company. Majestic Star Casino operates from Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana. Majestic Star Casino Investor Holdings, LLC through its subsidiaries also acquired three Fitzgeralds casinos in Tunica, MS; Black Hawk, CO and Las Vegas, NV.

Majestic Star Casino is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is located conveniently off Cline Avenue at Buffington Harbor in Gary, just 25 minutes from Chicago. Parking and admission are always free.


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