AKA hosts EPOCH awards to honor community service members

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Several people in the community were honored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority on Saturday.

The Eta Phi Omega chapter hosted its EPOCH awards at the Doubletree Hotel in Albemarle County to honor people for their community service.

AKA says it holds the ceremony every two years and is looking for people who stand out.

One of them is a senior at William Monroe High School who was recognized with a scholarship.

"I feel I have large goals," said Maya Burton, a scholarship recipient. "I want to succeed grandly, I want to go on to medical school, so I know this will push me there."

"We want to recognize those who are doing this in the community because we believe it has a cumulative impact," said Patrice Hayden, the Eta Phi Omega chapter president. "The more all of us are doing to help one another, the better our community will be."

Burton plans to study at the University of Virginia in the fall.

AKA says its message is service, which is a message members plan to stick to in the community.

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