2018 Washington Young Laureates



. . . Art is the holy land wherein initiates seek to reveal the spirituality of matter. As such, art can be counted as one of the supreme sources of the triumph of the spirit . . .”
James W. Washington, Jr., Passing the Torch of Enlightenment (unpublished manuscript)

JAYDEN T. BELEFORD Operatic Soloist Hazen High School, Renton Church, Children’s & School Choirs. Studying Italian, Spanish, and French; interest in opera and acting. Plans to attend Julliard and earn a Bachelor of Science in Music

ZOSER DUNBAR Musical Composition Senior at West Seattle high School Interest includes singing and song writing. His first release is forthcoming this year. He is optimistic, caring and curious.

PRAISES ORJI Spoken Word Scholar, National Honor Society Leadership Speech & Debate Black Student Union

COLEJOHN TONNES Musical Composition and Photographer Junior at Aim High School in Snohomish Piano, writing music Photography

Participants are recommended to the Washington Foundation by NAACP-ACT-SO. However, The Washington Foundation reserves the right to recruit, nominate and select participants other than NAACP ACT-SO participants.

The Foundation will issue a formal letter of invitation to those selected. While there will be no financial compensation, recognition will be posted on all social media and other collateral materials the Foundation may wish to publish. Recognition will be in written, electronic and social media.

The recipients agree to serve for a year and to allow their photographs/presentations to be published in written and electronic formats and from time-to-time personal appearances for the Foundation without financial compensation.

  • Notable community service
  • Educational excellence
  • Evidence of excellence in their area
  • Junior & Senior High School Age
  • Submission of a one-page essay
  • A past or present participant in the NAACP ACT-SO Program

2018 Presentation of Young Laureates presentation at the Annual Garden Partythumbnail_The20Four202-e1559010119778.jpg

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