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Pine Forge Academy Honorees Shine at Annual Awards Gala

Story by Tracey Jackson / Photos by Renee Nixon

Pine Forge Academy (PFA) proudly celebrates the recognition of three outstanding community members at the 7th Annual MOHIM, Inc. Awards Gala. Among the honorees were two distinguished PFA graduates, Wayman W. Cheatham (’66) and Amani Patel (’23). Additionally, the spotlight shone on one of the academy’s dedicated employees, Linda Anderson (pictured left), who currently serves as the head dean of women. The awards gala has become a prestigious event, acknowledging individuals who exemplify excellence, leadership and service. It is hosted by Messages of Hope International Ministries (MOHIM), a nondenominational ministry that helps people build community and fellowship through education, training and coaching, and social and humanitarian outreach.

Cheatham (pictured right) has not only excelled in his career as an endocrinologist but has also demonstrated an unwavering commitment to community service. He received the Pacesetter Award for his medical accomplishments. He has become a beacon of inspiration for aspiring health care professionals and all disenfranchised youth with which he comes in contact. His achievements serve as a testament to the quality education and values instilled at PFA.

Patel (pictured far left, with her mother on the right) was a recipient of a financial scholarship due to her dedicated educational pursuits during difficult circumstances. Her achievements at PFA and beyond have set her apart as a promising individual with a bright future. Patel has completed her freshman year at Oakwood University (Ala.) and embodies the spirit of PFA, showcasing her resilience and potential for greatness that the academy nurtures in its students.

In addition to the alumni honorees, Anderson was acknowledged for a lifetime of dedicated service to mentoring youth. Her service as a dean span over two decades as she continues to foster a positive and nurturing environment for students under her care. Her commitment to the well-being and development of young minds has made a lasting impact on the PFA and Oakwood University communities. The MOHIM gala provided a platform to appreciate and honor her lifetime contributions to the educational and personal growth of all students.

The MOHIM gala itself is a testament to the values of the organization’s ministry, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and celebrating individuals across various backgrounds and affiliations. These honorees embody the values of PFA and contribute positively to the broader community. The recognition bestowed upon them at the MOHIM gala reflects the academy’s commitment to fostering excellence and making a lasting impact on the lives of its students and staff, helping and equipping them to fulfill their God-given purpose.

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