Four Citizens Recognized for Leadership

The Iota Upsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated honored some outstanding citizens Sunday evening. The fraternity gave out four awards to people who have served as beacons in their community.

"There is some inner good in all of us, but you as a leader, as a manager, and a driver, you've got to find that," said Dr. Kelly Woods, who's a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

The fraternity recognized the leadership qualities in four South Mississippians as part of the international fraternity's celebration of 94 years of service.

"She's a nurse by trade. Sonya's a wonderful person. What Sonya did for our medical center out there really saved us," Dr. Woods said.

Sonya Ramsey of Ocean Springs was named Jackson County's Citizen of the Year.

Keynote speaker Dr. Kelly Woods, who works at the Biloxi VA Hospital, praised the mother of two for being calm and cool in the wake of adversity.

"A question that I ask the Lord, please tell me and show me what you would have me to do and what my purpose is in life," Ramsey said.

Kizzie Kemp of Biloxi was named Harrison County's Citizen of the Year. The sixth grade teacher was honored for her devotion to her students and her family, including her beloved grandmother who recently passed away.

"I thank you so much for this award. My grandmother instilled in me to always help people, and that's what I do," Kemp said.

Jackie Mitchell was given the Iota Upsilon Chapter Service Award, and Dr. Kelly Woods, was named Omega Man of the Year.

"My personal challenge is to a leader, a leader in your home, a leader in your church, a leader in your civic organization, be a leader in social organizations, be a leader, stand up," Kelly said.