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10 News anchor Tammie Fields poses with recent high school graduates who attend the First Baptist Church of College Hill.
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DOWNTOWN TAMPA, Florida - Nineteen local high school students were recognized during a special luncheon Saturday afternoon at Jackson's Bistro in Downtown Tampa.

All the students except for one have decided where they will attend college. The students are members of First Baptist Church of College Hill in Tampa. Their pastor is Dr. Rev. S. Evan Burrow. A special scholarship committee at the church organized the event.

Courtne Davis attended the event. She graduated from Blake High School in Tampa and is headed to Hillsborough Community College. She says, "Well, I guess I see myself working with kids since that's my passion. I love kids. I've been doing that since I was little. Also, I would like to show everybody that they don't have to hide their feelings if they don't know how to express themselves. They could do it through writing or acting."

Kervontae Turk was also at the luncheon. He graduated from Jefferson High School and is headed to Stilman University in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He says he wants to attend college so he doesn't become a statistic. "I want to kind of work with kids ... like teach them math. I don't know why, but I always enjoy teaching kids and everything. So I just want to do that."

Students and their parents were treated to lunch and many of the students won special prizes. One student even won a brand new computer.

10 News weekend anchor Tammie Fields was honored to deliver the keynote speech to the group, sharing her mother's early struggles with poverty and how education shaped not only her life but that of her family members and her children. Fields' parents are both retired educators. They can't seem to stay away from educating young people, though. Tammie's father is currently the head golf coach at the University of Pine Bluff.

During the luncheon, students were given a crate full of school supplies to take with them.

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