"What’s your superpower?” asked Armand Carr, the keynote speaker at this year’s Alpha Delta Awards on April 24. “You need to identify your superpower. Your passion. And give back to your community.”
Carr recalled discovering his superpower—his voice—early in his career. After achieving success on the radio with The Quiet Storm and Listen Up Bay Area on KBLX, he was inspired to become a voice in the community too. In 2016, he founded All Tied Up, a nonprofit that prepares young men of color for success. Through All Tied Up, Carr has visited more than 100 schools and programs throughout the Bay Area and donated more than 3,000 ties. Carr reminded the audience of the power of self-belief and the importance of using that power to help others.
After Carr’s inspiring presentation, the award program continued by honoring students that are exceptional examples of leadership and service at Holy Names (see below for full list).
In a surprise tribute, Justin Vacca, assistant dean of student affairs and director of housing & residence life, announced a new Alpha Delta award, the Joshua Hammer Student Spirit Award. The award honors the remarkable impact that one student—Josh Hammer ‘16, MEd ‘19—has had on the HNU community. The first winner of the award, Kiana Evans, recalled first meeting Hammer and how he inspired her to delve into student leadership and service. In touching praise she said, “Josh you are a mentor to me, a confidant, a guide, and most importantly a dear friend. I couldn’t be more blessed and honored to have received this award tonight. And don’t worry, Josh, your legacy is going to continue due to the foundation you built.”
2018-19 ALPHA DELTA AWARD RECIPIENTS