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2023 Awardees
* Rising Star Community Service Award * True Blue Leadership Award * Blanche Armwood Legacy Award 

Rising Star Community Service Award


Developed to honor rising stars  who are emerging leaders making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. This individual’s record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in community service and increased levels of leadership, responsibility, and impact.


Lanita Lucas, Ed.S.

Founder, EmpowHer2

Supervisor, Transformation Network Schools   Family & Community Engagement (FACE)

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True Blue Leadership Award


Acknowledging and celebrating exemplary leadership that has a significant and positive impact on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community with clear positive impacts in areas as a result of these efforts. The honoree selected serves as a role model for compassion, and service and strives to make the world a better place. They have a passion for helping others in the community.

Autumn Cassells Lee-Jeffries

 Director of The Pyramid School of Fine Arts

Blanche Armwood Legacy Award


NAASC Tampa Bay's highest recognition for individual achievement reserved to honor a woman of color  who embodies the attributes of Blanche Armwood, Class of 1906, to further the cause of uplifting  women and minorities in the Tampa Bay Area. The honoree selected will have made significant contributions to the community in the areas of education, arts, social justice, and/or economic development.

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Doretha Edgecomb

Former School Board Member  &   Educator

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