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Release Date: 06/15/2009

Standing (l to r) – Ericka Jackson, Barbara Kelly (Time Warner Cable); Kay Peate, Dean Meminger (NY1 News); Cinnamon Lewis and Renae Pink; Seated (l to r) – Pierre Joseph, Chanel Smith, Melissa Hyatt, Madinah Felton, Anika Hall and Brittany Goulbourne. Photo credit: Shahar Azran


Mt. Vernon, NY – June 12, 2009 – As part of Time Warner Cable’s longstanding commitment to inspire students, the company proudly celebrates its 21st Annual Youth Leadership Awards in Mt. Vernon this year.  At a ceremony held at the Siwanoy Country Club, ten outstanding Mt. Vernon High School seniors were recognized through Time Warner Cable’s Youth Leadership Awards and received awards totaling $8,500.  The program was designed to spotlight young adults who demonstrate academic achievement, community service and leadership ability. 

“Time Warner Cable is dedicated to connecting young adults with opportunities to build successful futures.  For over 20 years, we’ve recognized the outstanding achievements of Mt. Vernon High School seniors and provide an award to offset college expenses,” stated Barbara Kelly, General Manager and Regional Vice President of Operations, Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region.  “It’s a privilege to bring the community together and celebrate the leadership and strengths of these exceptional students.”

This year’s Mount Vernon High School recipients are Madinah Felton, Brittany Goulbourne, Anika Hall, Melissa Hyatt, Ericka Jackson, Pierre Joseph, Renae Pink, Kay Peat, Chanel Smith and first place winner Cinnamon Lewis, who received top honors for her achievements. The recipients plan to attend institutions including Columbia University, New York University, Fashion Institute of Technology, St. John’s University and University of Alabama.

Students are selected based on a written application process and a video interview.  Local community members served as judges for this prominent award and include Egen Warner of Fleetwood Realty; Susan Granata, President of Fleetwood Neighborhood Association; and Robin Douglas, President of the African American Chamber of Commerce for Westchester.  Mayor Clinton Young, Jr. was also on hand to greet the guests and families.

The inspirational keynote speaker for this event was Dean Meminger, Bronx reporter for NY1 News.  Meminger has covered some of the biggest news stories in New York City including the 9/11 attacks, the Blackout of 2003, the Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell cases.  He is also an anchor and correspondent for morning news and commentary at 98.7 KISS-FM’s “Wake-Up Club.”  Prior to NY1 News, Meminger worked at WOR Radio as part of the news team and at Bronxnet TV (News 67) as a reporter and stand-in anchor.

About Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region
Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region serves over 1.4 million customers in four NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties) and Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey.

Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located in five geographic areas — New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas.  Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services.  Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media Sales, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable.  More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at, and

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