My first reaction [at my son being included in the publication] was to feel an overwhelming amount of pride that my son, Joe Butts, Jr. was inducted with so many academically diverse individuals in the state of Georgia. His achievement and recognition in the book, Outstanding African-American Students, marks a significant experience for him and I am elated that Joe is a member of such a prestigious group. When my son is older, he will be able to look back on his earlier years and feel the same immense pride that I have on his induction in the Outstanding African-American Students book.

Arlette S. Young

Mother of Joe Butts, Jr. - 10th Grade / Vienna, Georgia


Gab (affectionately known) was so excited. I believe his self-esteem soared. He was anxious to share when guests arrive at our home. His appearance in the 2002 publication created a great aspiration to achieve even higher. It made his parents very proud and he knew it.

Edwinett & James Murphy

Parents of Gabriel Murphy - 3rd Grade / Decatur, Georgia


We are writing to thank you for the work that you are doing. Our daughter Shelley was so very proud to have been selected to be included in the publication. Her certificate is already framed and hanging in our den along with her other awards.

Gwendolyn & Otis Stewart

Parents of Shelley Stewart - 4th Grade / Birmingham, Alabama


It is nice to be recognized. It made our son Florian IV feel very special. He has worked hard at school and in his other activities to show himself approved. This achievement helped him to know that others see the work he does also. Florian IV is a very special person. He is well behaved. You can see at his age that he wants his life to mean something. He is thankful for the recognition and honor because it is still hard for African-Americans to be recognized for the good things they do.

Carolyn & Florian Meeks III

Parents of Florian Meeks - 4th Grade / Loudon, Tennessee


AprilĂ­s self esteem appears to have soared with seeing her accomplishments in printed form. This built up a sense of pride and confidence in her. Additionally, she was able to see and read about the accomplishments of other high achieving young black Americans. This book is a permanent record that she can always look back on with great pride when she shows it to relatives and friends.

Irene & Randolph Ward

Parents of April Elizabeth Ward - 4th Grade / Richmond Hill, Georgia