NEW JERUSALEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH at Pine Bluff recognized its 2020 graduates June 28 during its online service.


Honorees included:


Javian Smith, son of Dina Smith and Rev. Germaine Smith, is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School. Javian participated in band and the Air Force ROTC Program. He has devoted approximately four years to the media ministry of the New Jerusalem Church. He is president of the Consolidated St. Marion Baptist District Youth Division. Javian plans to attend Southeast Arkansas College.


Brian Steward Jr., son of Brian Steward Sr. and Syneitra Steward, is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School. He was a three-year JATTC-Vo Tech student which allowed him to attend SEARK and graduate from high school with 18 college credits. During his junior year, he participated in Skills USA. Brian has registered at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for the fall semester. His intended major will be industrial technology. He is interested in the logistics in engineering and applied science.


Kaidra Dillard is the granddaughter of Virginia Hall. She received a bachelor’s degree in rehab counseling from UAPB. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., served as advisor to Kappa Kelta Phi and advisor for Omicron Delta Kappa. She is an administrative specialist in the graduate department at UAPB. Kaidra has enrolled in the graduate program at Grand Canyon University of Arizona. She plans to earn a master’s degree in higher education in student affairs.


LaKesha Foote is the daughter of Lucy Meyers and Levell Foote Jr. She earned a master’s degree in special education: gifted and talented in 2020 at Arkansas State University. She is a 10th grade English teacher in the Pulaski County Special School District. A 2008 Summa Cum Laude graduate and a 2012 master’s recipient of UAPB, LaKesha has been an Arkansas public school teacher for 12 years. She has a certification in 7-12th grade English Language Arts and now kindergarten through 12th grade gifted and talented. She was the 2017 and 2018 Teacher of the Year at Jack Robey Junior High School, and the 2019 Coca Cola Star in Education for Mills University Studies High School.