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Poarch Creek Tribal Youth Council honored at banquet

By By Adrienne McKenzie
The Poarch Creek Tribal Youth Council was honored Feb. 29 with a One Year Anniversary Banquet to acknowledge the hard work the teens have put forth during the first year of the council’s existence.
The Tribal Youth Council members were able to enjoy many forms of entertainment at the banquet including Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ Medicine Tail, a slideshow featuring photos taken during the first year and two CultureShockCamp performances.
Brian Frejo, aka “Shock B,” with CultureShockCamp was the keynote speaker for the evening. Frejo travels across the nation as a DJ. He also sings and plays a Native American flute for his audiences. He brought along with him “Indigo” with CultureShockCamp. “Indigo” sang hip hop songs for the youth.
Frejo includes Native American culture in his songs.
Frejo said he is proud to be Native American and is happy to see the Poarch Creek Indians supporting and encouraging their youth.
The Tribal Youth Council officers were sworn in at the event. The secretaries include Mallory Young and Jessica Rolin; the speaker is Whitney Flurnoy; Amanda Pierce was named Second Chief and Curtis Hayes was named Chief.
The Poarch Creek Tribal Youth Council includes, Jamie Andrews, Cedo Coon, Kaweta Coon, Tarissa Daughtry, Jon Dean, Megan Flurnoy, Whitney Flurnoy, Tamryn Gorum, Thursa Griffey, Curtis Hayes, Michael Hipa, Robert Howard, Crystal Kelley, Brent Lambeth, Bethany McGhee, Cameron McGhee, Greg McGhee, Dylan McGhee, Katie Mothershed, Amanda Pierce, Tori Rodriguez, Jessica Rolin, Nick Rolin, Justin Stabler and Mallory Young.
The Tribal Youth Council members voted on special awards. Jon Dean was voted most athletic male and Jessica Rolin was voted most athletic female. Dean was also awarded with most studious. Whitney Flurnoy was voted most humorous. Mallory Young was given the Cultural Awareness Award and Amanda Pierce was given the Citizenship Award.
Tullis was awarded for his dedication in helping the Tribal Youth Council. Frejo was also acknowledged for attending the event.