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University of Charleston track star Aaron Banks is shown taking the top spot in the 100-meter dash at the MEC Championship on May 5 in Glenville, W.Va.

WILLIAMSON —The Williamson Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Youth Council will sponsor a special program and reception on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. in recognition of the outstanding achievements, both academically and athletically, of Williamson native Aaron Banks.  

Aaron, now in his second year, at the University of Charleston,is the son of Virdell and Hazel “Gina” Banks of Williamson and is a 2018 graduate of

Mingo Central High School where he was a standout in men’s track and field and basketball.

At the University of Charleston, he continues to excel on the track, setting school records in his firs year. He holds the school record in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, and earned All-Atlantic Region honors at 2019 seasons end.

The organizations acknowledge and congratulate Aaron on the prestigious award of being named a 2018-2019 Academic All–American Athlete by the United States Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The recognition event will be held at the Logan Street First Baptist Church, 620 Logan Street,Williamson. Rev. Gerald Dotson is pastor of the church.

Rev. Frank Jones, president of the local NAACP, invites the public to attend and take this opportunity to encourage and support Aaron.

Jarrid McCormick is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at jmccormick@HDMediaLLC.com.