NAHS honors Tamara Waldrop memory with “Top Dawg” Scholarship

February 25th, 2016   nanewsweb   Local News

To honor the memory and positive influence of Tamara Waldrop, former New Albany High School teacher, the NAHS Upstage group has joined with the New Albany community to present the first “Moving Forward, Giving Back” event for the purpose of funding the “Top Dawg” Scholarship in her honor.Tamara Waldrop struggled with kidney failure from the age of twelve, but never gave up on her love of education, her desire to see her students excel, and her love of her community. During her last year as the advisor for the New Albany High School yearbook staff, Ms. Waldrop’s goal was to make the last yearbook she would work on the best one yet. She also encouraged her students to do their best in their academic careers and work diligently towards their dreams for the future.

Rider Red is the first recipient of the Top Dawg Scholarship.

At the New Albany High School Auditorium tonight, the “Moving Forward, GIving Back” event included patriotic presentation of colors,  African folk music, pop music and oldies, as well as readings and African-inspired fashion. A sampling of the evening’s entertainment may be seen in the slide show below.

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JM says:

Tamara Waldrop was more than just an African American. She was a mother, a wife, a daughter. While it’s nice to see people celebrating her memory I’d have loved to see more of the focus be on who she was rather than her skin color. When you walked into the library at the high school or the middle when she was there it was not simply a room with books it was a library with a woman that to me seemed to care that you enjoyed your day and not just got what you wanted and left. She didn’t care the color of your skin if you acted right you’d be treated as you deserved and if you were being a horrible little nuisance she wouldn’t just let you keep it up. Not many of the kids even knew anything about her other than she was the lady in the library but her life was worth so much more than that. I never knew what was wrong, I knew she would be missing from the library some days. I knew she was sick. I never asked why she was out I was just happy to see she was back. This woman deserves so much more than what has been done, I’m just sorry that I wasn’t able to tell her thank you while she was alive.

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