Albion High School senior Makiya Jones has been identified as a Community All-Star for Diversity and Inclusion by Independent Health and Business First.
Jones was nominated for the award for demonstrating the qualities of having good character, making a difference in the community through service, embracing the diversity of students throughout the school and being friendly and open to all.
After being selected as an All-Star, Jones had the opportunity to submit an essay in one of three categories and was chosen as the Diversity and Inclusion All-Star, winning a $2,500 scholarship. Independent Health lists the award as given to a student who is dedicated to advocating for those facing racism, bias and inequality and who has helped their peers take positive action bridging the social divide within their school or community.
Jones is the president of the high school Diversity Club and is active in creating events and activities that bring students of all backgrounds together to celebrate their differences. She was recently given the Leadership Award at the Board of Education meeting earlier this month. Jones’s care for others will continue as she plans to pursue a degree and career in nursing. She currently interns with the elementary school nursing staff.