Two Savannah State University (SSU) graduates received the President’s Second Mile Award during the 184th commencement ceremony, which was held at Wright Stadium on May 10, 2014.
Shara Bennett, a political science major, received the award for her leadership as president of Sisters Striving for Excellence and the NAACP Collegiate Chapter. Her other campus involvement included Student Government Association, Tiger Ambassadors, Student Orientation Leaders, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In the community, Bennett’s passion for voluntarism has included projects with the Inner City Night Shelter, Boys and Girls Club and Second Harvest Food Bank. Bennett plans to study abroad and attend a pathway program for recent graduates interested in government careers. Bennett, who is from Stone Mountain, Ga., is a graduate of Stephenson High School in Lithonia, Ga.
Anita Taylor, a homeland security and emergency management major, received the recognition for her stellar leadership as president of the degree program’s student organization, which was heavily involved in numerous campus and community projects the Inner City Night Shelter, the Home Depot Hurricane Expo and various security simulations. In June, Taylor will join the Federal Emergency Management Agency Corps in Vicksburg, Miss., as a field team leader for disaster response. A native of Holly Hill, S.C., Taylor attended Cross High School.