The Ivy Center for Education Inc. completed its annual College Tour/Cultural Enrichment Trip to New York City, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, and Jackson, Mississippi.

Forty two students attended the trip June 3-15. Chaperons were members of the Ivy Center Board of Directors, Mattie P. Collins, president; Patricia Berry, executive director; KaRyn Terry, treasurer; Chandra Griffin, assistant treasurer; and Marguerite Flannigan, program evaluator. Other chaperons included Damiccah Robertson, Virginia Hymes, Brandun Flannigan and Cassandra Stargell.

While in New York, students toured Columbia University, New York University and Fordham University, the Rose Hill Campus. They also visited the 911 Memorial, the African Burial Grounds, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Flight Club.

Students had lunch at the Statue of Liberty which was organized by Arkansas native, Park Ranger Barbara Price-Tate.

Kalisha Hall, a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff graduate and clothing designer, met with students and encouraged them to pursue their dreams.

Students and chaperons attended the Broadway Show, Aladdin, shopped in Times Square and met with Pine Bluff native Richard Stewart, who praised the ICE program and encouraged the students to do well in school.

The highlight of the trip to Washington, D.C., was a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Students and chaperons felt honored to have two Pine Bluff natives with exhibits on display in the museum, namely Rod Terry and Kevin Cole,” according to the news release.

Students toured Howard University after a luncheon sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc./Alpha Chapter and Pine Bluff native and sorority member LaSonya Corns.

Ivy Center mentors, UAPB Alumni and AKA sorority members Jennifer Caldwell, Landy Watley and Elizabeth Love joined in on the campus tour.

Students also toured the U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian Holocaust Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statue, Lincoln Memorial, Reflection Pool and viewed the White House grounds.

Participants attended church services at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church under the leadership of Bishop Alfred Owens.

While at Atlanta, students toured the following colleges: Morehouse, Spelman and Clark-Atlanta. They also toured the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change, visited the grave sites of King and Coretta Scott King and toured Ebenezer Baptist Church.

In North Carolina, students and chaperons toured Duke University at Durham, North Carolina. They met Pine Bluff native Byron Turner, who encouraged them to get a good education and to put Duke on their list of universities to consider attending.

Students also toured North Carolina A&T State University at Greensboro, which is ranked as the largest “black” college in the United States, according to the release.

The last stop was a tour of Jackson State University at Jackson, Mississippi.

Brandun Flannigan announced the winners of the fifth annual College Tour Quiz Bowl Competition and Oratorical Debate sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter. They were Gerrod White, Samaria Jackson, Alyssa Darton, Jacolbi Knowlton, Shauwn Howell, Pashu’ar Grissom, Taylor Johnson and Priscilla Foreman.

The Ivy Center college tour rising high school seniors include Anthony Duncan, Amber Hall, Asante Holman, D’Vonta Jackson, Briana Johnson, Drayton Noble, Jaidyn Mitchner, Anjulie Morehead, Serron Pettis, Tyler Reynolds, Oliver Ridgel, Jeremy Tolbert and Jordyn Simmons.

Other attendees include Imani Booth, David Carroll, Cambree Coleman, Aleechia Evans, Ashlyn Grandy, Azana Holman, Zavion Jackson, Damonte Johnson, Jarod King, A’Darius Lee, Taylor Lee, Jalia McFadden, Trinity Love-Gilbert, Destiny Lindsey, Kasie Muldrow, Geron Parks, Carl Redus III, Allen Smith, Curtis Standoak, Brandon Thomas and Shekinah Tillman.

Pashu’ar Grissom is a rising junior at Pine Bluff High School.

“As a member of the Ivy Center, I’ve learned that I can accomplish my goal of going to college and becoming successful in the future,” Grissom said.

A’Darius Lee is a rising junior from Watson Chapel High School.

“I have learned information that I need to know about colleges that will help me to make the right decision,” Lee said.

“The Ivy Center for Education, a 501c3 (non-profit organization), is working to improve educational opportunities for 7-12th grade youth in Pine Bluff and surrounding communities through mentoring, academic excellence, character building, tutoring, modeling, and service,” according to the release.

For details about the Ivy Center’s 2017-2018 programs and the 2018 college tour, contact Mattie P. Collins, at or , or Patricia Berry, at