Williamson NAACP honors local man

Aaron Banks receives the NAACP Honorary Recognition Award from the Rev. Frank Jones, president of the Williamson Branch NAACP and Youth Council. Jones is also Banks’ pastor. The award was presented during a special reception held recently to honor Banks for his academic and athletic accomplishments.

The Williamson Branch NAACP and Youth Council hosted a reception on Saturday, Oct. 12, to honor and recognize the academic and athletic achievements of Williamson native Aaron Banks.

Banks, the son of Virdell and Hazel “Gina” Banks, is a junior at the University of Charleston and a 2017 graduate of Mingo Central High School. He was a track and field star in high school and continues to excel in that sport in college, according to a press release by the NAACP.

At UC, Banks set school records in his first year. He holds the record for the 100- and 200-meter dashes and earned All-Atlantic Region honors at the end of the 2019 season.

During the event, members of the NAACP; Jada Hunter, retired Mingo County Schools administrator;  Brandon Ball, MCHS track and field head coach; and Nick Bias, head coach of track and field for the University of Charleston each made statements honoring Banks.

“We express our love, pride and appreciation to Arron for his outstanding achievements both academically and athletically,” the program for the event stated. “We will continued to our support of Aaron and encourage him toward achieving success as he further pursues his goals in education, athletics and career.”

In addition to his track records, Banks, who is majoring in Exercise Science at UC, is on the Dean’s list, the 4.0 Provost’s List and is an Academic All-American. He graduated fifth in his class at MCHS and won the Principal Award n 2017.

Banks has been a member of the Williamson Branch NAACP Youth Council since grade school and has served as Sunday School secretary at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Williamson for several years.

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