Youth Award `a Blessing' Theater Student among `Achievers'
Richardson, Monica, The Florida Times Union
Lee Beager has a lot of favorites at Douglas Anderson School
of the Arts.
But Beager, head of the school's theater department, says
"there's something special about Cassie."
This week, she asked 12th-grader Cassandra "Cassie" Freeman to
talk to another student, a ninth-grader having problems in class.
"I walked past the cafeteria today and she was already having
lunch with him," Beager said. "After she works with him, I know
he'll turn around and by the time he's in the 12th grade he'll
be the leader that Cassie is. I asked her to talk to him because
I have that much faith in her."
Beager isn't the only one impressed with Freeman.
The selection committee of this year's African-American
Achievers Award gave her the 1998 Youth Achiever Award and a
four-year scholarship to Florida State University. Hers is one
of eight achievement awards given to Jacksonville area residents
by J.M. Family Enterprises Inc., the Deerfield Beach parent
company of Southeast Toyota.
Freeman, a theater student at Douglas Anderson, said getting
the award "was a blessing."
"I believe I got it because I'm well-rounded and because of my
involvement in the community," she said. "I admit that I'm not
the brightest or smartest student at Douglas Anderson. I work
hard to get the grades I get. I could name several other
students who probably deserve this award."
Freeman and others will be honored at the fourth annual
African-American Awards program at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the
Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.
The purpose of the award is to honor people, such as Freeman,
who have given their time and been committed to helping others.
Freeman, who lives on the Northside, has been involved in
numerous pageants, leadership groups and volunteer efforts
throughout the city. …