KRA Portsmouth Students Honored at Scholars Breakfast

On May 14, 2011, Troy Calvert, Jr. and Joshua Goodman were among the 465 students honored at the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+Men Inc’s 14th Annual 200+ Scholars Breakfast, which salutes the achievements of “African American Male High School Honor Graduates” in the region. Troy and Joshua, seniors enrolled in KRA’s Youth Employability and Success (YES) program, were joined by their KRA Career Agent, Kathy Confer, and more than 1300 other family members and friends. Both students readily credit Confer and the KRA/YES program with expanding their knowledge and abilities in the areas of communication, decision-making, leadership development, problem-solving, and other “readiness” skills offered in the successful in-school program. Joshua has been accepted by Averett University in Danville, Virginia, where he will major in history, and then to transfer to the Air Force Academy to become a commissioned officer and fighter pilot. Troy has been accepted to Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, to major in Computer Engineering.

Both young men are active members of the Navy Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) at Lake Taylor High School, holding leadership positions…Troy is the Senior Chief and Joshua is the Training Officer Lieutenant Grade. Through the NJROTC, they are very active in school and community activities, which include volunteering at local elementary schools, holding fundraising drives, and recently sponsoring a blood drive. Both are recipients of many awards. Joshua’s include Military Aptitude, Distinguished Cadet, Outstanding Naval Science, Reserve Officer’s Association, Military Order of World Wars Merit, “Mr. NJROTC 2009”, and Outstanding Citizenship. Troy’s include Honor Cadet, Community Service (4 years), Military Order of World Wars Merit, Member of the Principle’s Chair, and several others. Their commonalities continue, as both are officers of esteemed student organizations: Troy as President of the Technology Students of America, Joshua as Vice President, and both as National Honor Society Historians. Considering their incredible levels of enterprise, it is not surprising that both young men still find time to devote to their church, are active youth-group leaders, and frequently participate in “mission trips” throughout the State. As they depart the YES program, KRA wishes them every success in their academic pursuits and beyond. Read more about the event at