Columbus, OH – Porter wins National Student of the Year Competition

Secures a total of $5,000.00 from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

A dozen young men from across the country, one each from the twelve geographical provinces of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. converged on Orlando, Florida for the Fraternity’s 2017 National High School Student of the Year (STOY) Competition recently. The event is held at every Grand Conclave for the Fraternity and took place at the 83rd Grand Chapter meeting July 21, 2017 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel. Local entree JoeLius Dubois Porter, 17, a recent graduate of St. Charles College Prep who has committed to attend Howard University and who will major in pre-med completed a trifecta by adding the national STOY [$2,500.00] to his provincial (regional) STOY [$1,500.00] and Kenneth L. Howard Endowed Scholarship Fund (local) STOY [$1,000.00] victories.

Over 500 family members, friends, sponsors and the general public joined fraternity brothers at the competition. During the event, a live stream of the talent portion of the program included instrumentalists playing various instruments including the piano and trumpet, in addition to some contestants singing vocals or rendering the spoken word. Mr. Porter, The East Central Province representative from Columbus, displayed multiple talents by composing an original hip hop arrangement to compliment a classical violin instrumental Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli (1876) and popularized recently by Disney’s Fantasia according to Wikipedia. His  original hip hop arrangement played in the background via bluetooth transmission as he stroked the violin live.

Porter, In the spirit of provincial collaboration, special recognition to retired educator Freddie Fields of the Dayton Alumni Chapter who immediately said: “Mr. Porter had a chance to win the  national competition” after his provincial victory. He also provided support by helping craft the introduction used by Mr. Porter during the national STOY program. Likewise, recognition must also be given to local career educator, P.R. West, Sr. who runs the Columbus Kappa Foundation (CKF) / Columbus Alumni Chapter’s KLHESF scholarship program that attracted Mr. Porter. West also made an extra effort to prep the candidate before the national STOY competition after Mr. Porter played multiple selections for the local alumni chapter brothers who inspired him with constructive criticisms on how to improve his performance.

The 20th Annual KLHESF awards program is tentatively scheduled for March 2018, and applications should be available for local high school students by November 2017. Interested seniors can apply by securing an application from their school guidance counselor or by contacting scholarship chairman P.R.West, Sr. via e-mail at
For additional information, contact Columbus Alumni Chapter Polemarch Kojo Kandi at (614) 989.0535.

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