The Port Arthur Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presents its annual May Week Awards.

Due to Covid-19, the recognitions were presented in a different format. The sorority recognizes citizens who have provided exceptional service that has benefited the residents of the Port Arthur community.

Community awards were presented to Christopher Bates and Kisha Simmons.

Christopher Bates – Community Service/Philanthropy Award

Constable Christopher Bates is from Port Arthurian and graduated from Memorial High School. He is credited with creating two programs and providing excellent support to an established project that promotes human wellbeing in Port Arthur.

In May 2015, he presented his first criminal justice scholarship to a Port Arthur graduate. He gave the scholarships from personal funds until he decided that more students needed help.

Therefore, the first Constable Chris Bates Scholarship Breakfast was held to raise more money for the scholarship fund. With the help of supporters and sponsorships, over $20,000 in scholarships were awarded.

He also established the junior assistant ‘Cop Chris’ summer camp in 2018 for children aged 9-11 in greater Port Arthur. The purpose of the camp is to allow young people to interact with law enforcement and first responders. Various topics are discussed, including gangs, drugs, bullying, school absenteeism and respect for others. The day camp is free for all young people.

Bates has been a partner of The Salvation Army Port Arthur’s Angel Tree program since 2015. The “Christmas with the Constable” toy drive has helped over 15,000 people. Bates invites the whole community to enjoy holiday okra, door prizes and singing with a toy donation for admission.

Kisha Simmons – Education Award

Kisha Simmons, “Coach K”, works with young people from Lincoln Middle School and Wilson Early College. She teaches young people healthy coping strategies to appropriately address their mental health issues.

She started a non-profit organization called “Teen Kick” for women aged 12-18 to enrich and empower girls to take ownership of their individuality and become who they want to be. The summer retreats include various workshops with presenters.

She works with young people to build their self-esteem and empower them to make healthy choices with a focus on education and awareness. This initiative is called “Pay It Forward” which emphasizes the importance of giving back to the community.

Coach K is passionate about mental health and has developed curricula for all youth to address mental health, with a focus on high risk and underserved youth who lack the same access to services as the community as a whole. Mental health issues are prevalent in our community and among our youth.

Kisha does what she can to educate young people about mental health and empower them to seek treatment to help them cope in a positive way.

The 2022 scholarship recipients are:

Ari’Yonia Patrick

Ari’Yonia Patrick is the daughter of Jamila and Marvin Patrick. She attends Wilson Early College High School. She plans to attend Lamar University and major in business. Her future goal is to enter the marketing field and travel.

Zakia Wiltz

Zakiya Wiltz is the daughter of Yolanda Morris-Wiltz and Stephen Wiltz Sr. She attends Wilson Early College High School. She plans to attend Xavier University in Louisiana and major in pre-medical biology. Her future goals are to start her own dermatology practice.

Amaya Carter

Amaya Carter is the daughter of Angela and Darius. She attends Memorial High School. She plans to attend Texas Southern University and major in administration of justice and minor in psychology. His future goals are to attend Thurgood Marshall Law School and become a criminal defense attorney.

Mikayla Hayes

Mikayla Stormy Hayes is the daughter of Coretta Sanders. She attends Wilson Early College High School. She plans to attend Sam Houston State University and major in criminal justice. His future goals are to attend law school and start his own law firm.

Loren Newcost

Loren Newcost is the daughter of Rachel and Russell Owens. She attends Memorial High School. She plans to attend the Lamar Institute of Technology and major in dental hygiene. Her future goal is to own her own dental practice.

Ryla Ray Prevost

Ryla Ray Prévost is Carry Ray’s daughter. She attends Memorial High School. She plans to attend Xavier University in Louisiana and major in biology. Her future goals are to go to medical school and become a radiologist.

Jaylinn Curtain

Jaylinn Rideau is the daughter of Shandra Knight. She attends Memorial High School. She plans to attend the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and major in criminal justice. His future goal is to become a criminal defense attorney.

Shawn Singal Jr.

Shawn Sinegal Jr. is the son of Nakiesha Sinegal and Mr. and Mrs. Sinegal. He attends Memorial High School. He plans to attend the Lamar Institute of Technology and major in welding. His future goals are to work as a professional welder and start his own manufacturing business specializing in custom barbecue pits.

Jhalan Augustin

Jhalan Augustine is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jereem and Tania Augustine. He attends Memorial High School. He plans to attend Texas Southern University and major in business administration in finance. His future goals are to create entrepreneurial opportunities for new ventures in the transportation sectors, as well as earning an MBA to become a future securities trader.

Ideal students in 2022 are graduates of Memorial High School and Wilson Early College High School.

Memorial High School’s ideal students are Makayla Amani Charles, Jewel Marie Jackson, Shaniah Keishaun Lott, Loren Nicole Newcost, Rayla Jenae Ray Prevost, Ryla Denae Ray Prevost, Shawn Michael Sinegal Jr., and Jas’Lique Daune Williams.

Ideal Wilson Early College High School students are James Addison III, Amaya Lerae Bush, Jada Nicole Clinton, Jayden Danyel Dennis, Ethan Michael Dixon, Jordan Christopher Fisher, Mikayla Stormy Hayes, Anaya Marie Jacobs, Cameron Connor Lewis, Ari’Yonia MarShay Patrick, Stephen Dwayne Wiltz and Zakiya Janae Wiltz.

The Senior Delta GEMS are Payton January, Jahleah Jones, Cor’Dynia Ladi, Shaniah Lott and Zakiya Wiltz.

• The Port Arthur Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is very proud to honor Vivian Bobb for 50 years of membership. It was initiated by the Port Arthur Chapter in the spring of 1972 and has remained steadfast in maintaining service and fellowship.

The chapter also honors 11 members for their individual achievements this sororal year. They are: DeVeren Alexander, MA; Sandra Bradford, retired, PAISD; Gwendolyn Davis, retired, PAISD; Angela Dugay, laureate of the National Panhellenic Council; Bacia Griffin, Masters; Dr. Carkenda Griffin, Reaud Prize for Excellence in Education; Deborah Henry, TSU Golden Triangle Alumni winner; Dr. Denita Jones, Ph.D.; Bernadine Julun-Jacobs, P. Larry Gutierrez Lifetime Achievement Award winners; Kisha Simmons, MA, and Danielle Sinegal, National Panhellenic Council Laureate.

Ona Walker is the Port Arthur Alumnae Chapter President and DeVeren Alexander is the May Week President.