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Honors and Awards

John Lightfoot


Congratulations to John Lightfoot for his induction into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society on Friday, May 4thPi Alpha Alpha is the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.  It is limited to persons who demonstrate Academic Achievement in NASPAA accredited schools with a 3.7 GPA or higher. 

Dr. Venessa Mitchell


Congratulations to Dr. Venessa Mitchell who was recently awarded RIT’s President’s Isaac L. Jordan, Sr., Staff Pluralism Award for Significant Contributions to the Enhancement of Diversity and Pluralism at Rochester Institute of Technology. A celebration was held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the RIT President’s house on Liberty Hill to honor all the awardees.

Enaz Reed


Congratulations to Enaz Reed who graduated from Wilson Magnet High School on Saturday, June 25th. He is International Baccalaureate, IB, certified graduating with an advanced regents diploma. The IB Program is a challenging curriculum that leads to a diploma recognized worldwide. Students engage in a rigorous course of study, learn to relate classroom experiences to the larger world, gain an international perspective, and develop responsible citizenship. The IB curriculum encourages critical analysis, research skills, and service as part of the learning process. Student performance is measured by assessments administered by both local teachers and international examiners. Graduates of the program are considered for enrollment at the world’s top universities and are eligible for up to a full-year’s worth of college credit.

In the fall, Enaz will be attending the University at Buffalo, majoring in Psychology. Congratulations from the family!  It truly takes a village.  The Mt. Olivet family is proud of his accomplishments and will keep him in our prayers.

Julian Riley


Julian Riley was selected by Mayor Lovely Warren as one of the finalist to be awarded the "Distinguished Gentleman” Award. He will be attending the Mayor’s Appointment:

Inspiring Success in Young Men- Red Carpet event

Saturday June 18, 2016

Please join Julian’s family in congratulating Julian Riley!




Josiah Grantham, son of Brandon and Katrina Grantham and grandson of John and Ivena Grantham, made straight A’s this first marking period of the school year!  Oct. 18, 2015

Mathew Blue


He was nominated for the National Junior Honor Society from Roth Middle School, Rush-Henrietta, NY with a GPA average of 90%.  Very proud grandma, Myrtle Branch.

David Freeman



He received the Triple "C" Award during the Athena Middle School Awards Ceremony. The Triple C Award is given by the NYS Attorney General, Eric Sneiderman, to a student who had demonstrated Character, Courage, and Commitment to improving society. This award is given to a student who is visible in the community and looking to make a positive impact on others in the community.

Terrah Walker


He received a certificate from The National Society of Leadership and Success I from the Rochester Institute of Technology on April 28, 2015.

Eongue Ekille

2013 Tri-State Certificate of Excellent Winner

2014 Carnegie Hall Performance

 2016 Carnegie Hall's Well Music Institute's "2016 Inaugural Season of NYO2": Participant


Eongue Ekille, a 9th grader at Minerva Deland, for her outstanding performance at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the 2013 Tri State Certificate of Excellent, an exceptional distinction. Her receiving this award was a direct result of her hard work, dedication, talent and perseverance. The Recital was presented by the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. This program provides a national standard of musical achievement for people of all ages studying music privately in the US for levels 1-10.

The Mt. Olivet Family Congratulates Eongue Ekille on her extraordinary accomplishments.

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2016 - Eongue Ekille was selected as one of the 78 Outstanding Young Musicians who will participate in a two-week Intensive Summer Program by Carnegie Hall's Well Music Institute. The 78 young musicians were selected from across the country for the Inaugural Season of NYO2 which is a two-week intensive summer program for outstanding American Instrumentalists ages 14-17.  This program will begin on June 18, 2016.  The NYO2 is an extension of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, NYO-USA.  The NYO-USA is a program that was launched in the summer of 2013 for musicians ages 16-19.  For more information go to the website,

Dr. Mary Sweeney

PhD - RN - COHN-s

Mentor, Empire State College

Nursing Honor Society

2015 - Mary Sweeney received the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing/Tau Kappa At-Large Chapter Recognition Award for Mentorship. The award was presented on July 9th at the Desmond hotel in Albany, NY. Dr. Sweeney is an academic advisor at SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY.  Read More....

2014 - Mary Sweeney was inducted into the Tau Kappa At-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) in Saratoga Springs, NY on April 3rd. The mission of the honor society is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.  Candidates must demonstrate achievement in nursing.

The Mt. Olivet Family Congratulates Dr. Sweeney on her extraordinary accomplishments. Read More......

Molly and Ralph Richards

Received the Urban League's

"Community Leadership Award for

Golden Service"

Ralph and Molly Richards received the Community Leadership Award for Golden Service.  The Golden Service Award recognizes individuals who has at least 25 years of service to the Community, neighborhood,  or Urban League Rochester programs, services or movements.  This is a prestigious award that is given for exemplary service, unmatched performance and dedicated support.  Ralph and Molly Richards has demonstrated all of these attributes throughout the years.

The Mt. Olivet Family Congratulates Molly and Ralph for receiving this prestigious award and for their continuous services, contributions and support to the community, region and church.  Read More...

2013, Ralph and Molly Richards are Winners of the James M. McCuller's Award...more

2014 Recipients of the Community Service Award from The Rochester Genesee Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc.

Tommye Hinton Roberts,


Appointed Chief Nursing Officer, Highland Hospital

Tommye Hinton Roberts has been appointed the Chief Nursing Officer at the Highland Hospital, a newly designated Magnet hospital and affiliate of the University of Rochester.  She has 30+ years of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership experience including 7 years as a CNO.

She attributes her success to God, her Husband, Family and a passionate commitment to serve.

The Mt. Olivet Family Congratulates Tommye on her appointment which is recognition of  her efforts, dedication to service, and commitment to God.   Read more...

 Joel Cummings
ABC’s 2012 Lena M. Gantt
Distinguished Community Service Award Recipient

Joel Cummings, a native of Fitzgerald, Georgia, spent his early years under the influence of his grandparents. His grandfather was a silent leader who exercised gentle persuasion to make a positive impact in his community. Cummings’ grandmother exercised her strong voice to affect change. Over the years, Joel has deployed a leadership style that reflects a blend of his grandparents’ personalities: mild persuasion paired with outspoken advocacy.

After graduation from Rochester’s James Madison High School , Cummings returned south where he attended Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama.  Read more..

Karissa Joy Grant

2012 Graduate of the

African American Leadership Development Program

Karissa Joy Grant was recognized by the United Way as a 2012 graduate of the African American Leadership Development Program [AALDP] on November 8, 2012.

This recognition was acknowledged at the Howard Wilson Coles Society Appreciation Luncheon which was attended by a number of former graduates, business, church and community leaders, as well as friends and family.

We are proud of this accomplishment and we ask the Mount Olivet Baptist Church family to continue to support and pray for Karissa's continued success.

Jared David Michael Grant


Portrays the Late Poet Etheridge Knight in "Dead or Alive"

Photo credit: Andy Karol

Jared Grant portrays Etheridge Knight in the Poetry Slam, "Dead or Alive."   "Dead or Alive" features actors portraying deceased poets.  The actors will perform the poems in a mock slam against Chicago poets.   This venue pits Living Poets face off against Dead Poets.  A panel of Judges decides which one is the best.  Etheridge Knight gained notoriety in 1968 with the publication of his poetry, "Poems from Prison."

Jared is one of Mt. Olivet's 2008 High School Graduate and we are very proud of all of his accomplishments.

Katherine Shields

Daughter of Ruler Emeritus

Eldorado Temple #32

Katherine Shields received the honor of Daughter Ruler Emeritus from Eldorado Temple #32 to Improve Benevolent Protective Orders of Elks of the World on Saturday, Dec. 1st,  at the Diplomat Party House. Katherine thanks the Mt. Olivet Family for their support and well wishes.

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