Young Men of Distinction from An Achievable Dream earn first place trophy


Posted: March 15, 2021

At an outdoor ceremony on March 10, members of the Young Men of Distinction at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School were honored for earning first place in the 2021 Black History Virtual Trivia Bowl.

The competition was presented by The Golden Fold of Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., who presented a trophy to the group and medals to each of the winning team members at the ceremony.

To prepare for the competition, students learned Black history facts and attended training sessions over the course of five weeks. Their dedicated effort led to their victory over six other local teams.

The Young Men of Distinction (YMOD) is a male mentorship program sponsored by An Achievable Dream Middle and High School and the Kappa Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The group at AAD Middle and High includes:

  • Seniors Trey Terry, Rickey Taylor and Ty Kinney;
  • Raekown Perry, junior;
  • Jaden Alexander, eighth grade;
  • Richard Linyear III, seventh grade; and
  • Hopeton Bailey, sixth grade.

The group's sponsor is Lloyd McKeithan, who teaches math at the school, and says, "The young men that participated in Black History Trivia Bowl have dedicated themselves to the program's focus on academics, integrity, discipline, and uplift. Attention is given to these principles through civic/social activities, youth conferences, and community services projects. Through mentoring and guidance, we are preparing future leaders to serve our community."

Ashley Smith, Quentin Jackson and Richard Linyear coached the young men for the trivia bowl competition.

Pictured, from left: Hopeton Bailey, Ty Kinney, Raekwon Perry, Lloyd McKeithan (sponsor), Richard Linyear III, Rickey Taylor, Trey Terry, and Jaden Alexander
Pictured, from left: Hopeton Bailey, Ty Kinney, Raekwon Perry, Lloyd McKeithan (sponsor), Richard Linyear III, Rickey Taylor, Trey Terry, and Jaden Alexander