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Mentors Day inspires

Lention Jackson

Lention Jackson walked on a college campus for the first time to experience H.H. Battle Mentors Day at UTC. The Howard High School freshman visited a business class where the professor discussed retail and marketing. Jackson took a tour of campus and visited UTC Place, the Game Room in the University Center, and Maclellan Gym.

“I can’t wait to get to college,” Jackson said. “They treat you like babies in high school. At college I’ll have more responsibility, and I’ll be more independent.”

Jackson is anxious to study law in college. He is also interested in theater, medicine and writing. Inspired by author Christopher Pike, Jackson is writing a book titled The Mystery of Silver Lake. He says he has also penned fifty R and B songs.

“I have so many books at home it looks like a library,” said. Jackson. “I want to be the valedictorian of my graduating class.”

Jackson was one of a large group of students from Howard High School who were paired with UTC mentors. The students attended classes across all disciplines. This annual event is sponsored by the Reverend Herman H. Battles Professorship in African-American Studies, held by Dr. Melissa U. Anyiwo. Mentors Day demonstrates the diversity of the UTC campus and the importance of a college education.

A group of Howard High School students takes a tour of campus.

“The HH Battle Professorship is a private fund set up through donations from the local community. Its intention is to raise awareness amongst Chattanoogan African American school children about the possibilities of a college-education,” said Anyiwo.

The late Reverend H.H. Battle was minister of First Baptist Church and a 19-year member of the Chattanooga Board of Education. Battle Academy, an elementary school that partners with the University at the corner of Main and Market Streets, is also named in his memory.

February 24, 2006

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