- The first Georgian in over 18 years, Jessica Black, will receive prestigious United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) award -
ATLANTA, GA - The National United States Junior Chamber has named Atlantan Jessica Black as one of the 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Americans. Joining the ranks with honorees such as Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, Dick Cheney, Kurt Warner, Gale Sayers and Elvis Presley, Black, the first Georgian to receive this recognition in over 18 years, and nine others will be presented this award at the 74th annual black-tie ceremony to be held June 30th in Des Moines, Iowa.
"I am overjoyed and surprised to have been chosen as one of the Jaycees 10 outstanding young Americans," says Black who has made it her life mission to give back and serve those around her. "I believe this award is a result of all the hard work from board members and staff at the local and national charities I participate in, and who are truly the unsung heroes."
In February, 2010, Black was crowned Miss Georgia United States and in July, 2010, she was crowned Miss United States. Her platform was raising awareness through volunteerism. Upon traveling the United States and Asia and completing over 300+ events in 2010 as Miss United States, Black raised over $400k for 35 charities across the country that year.
In 2011, Black was featured on national networks such as MTV, HGTV, and Lifetime Television as well as hundreds of local, national, and international news stations. She also worked on local and national commercial and print advertisement campaigns raising awareness for just causes and organizations.
The Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) project is the oldest and most prestigious recognition programs in America, recognizing 10 Americans each year who exemplify the best attributes of the nation's young people aged 18 to 40. Other honorees of the 2012 award include: Brian Calley, Lieutenant Governor, Michigan; Tulsi Gabbard, Council Member, Honolulu; Fred Hoiberg, Men's Head Basketball Coach, Iowa State University; Christopher Masingill, Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority; Kyle Pagerly, Deputy Sheriff, Berks County Sheriff's Department; Michael Pruitt, Owner, The Vine Martini and Wine Bar; Sanjay Ramabhadran, VP, CP&Y; William Vatavuk, Attorney, Vatavuk Law Firm; and Dr. David Washington, President/CEO, Washington and Company.
Black currently serves as Director of Sales and Marketing for Premier Logic, a national IT software development and advisory firm that focuses on business improvement and community involvement. Black heads up the company's monthly community letter called IMPACT, which details philosophies and projects designed to 'impact' the world.
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