Student honorees Johnas Pulley, Patrick Holland, Kelvin Turrentine, Richard Johnson, Chris Ballew and Michael Perkins accept congratulations from McDonald's store manager, Jorge Cobos (left), and the McDonald's Men's Group (l to r): Bill Lockert, Mr. Wyatt, Gene Campbell, Ernest Johnson, Velton Paggett, Otis "OT" Triplett, William Bradley, Tecumseh Shackelford, Tom Ralls and Keenan Selico.
Six John Muir High School graduates will have some additional help with college expenses thanks to the generosity of some concerned citizens. The McDonald's Men's Group is an informal club of retirees that debates the issues of the day every morning inside the McDonald's at Lincoln and Woodbury in Altadena. A few years ago, while
commiserating over coffee and breakfast sandwiches, the men took up a collection for minority males who overcame obstacles to graduate from Muir. Those scholarships have become an annual tradition. "Instead of complaining about the negative situations involving our boys, we decided to do something positive," says the group's unofficial leader, Tecumseh Shackelford.
The McDonald's Men recently presented $500 cash awards to six college-bound graduates from Muir's class of 2014:
- Johnas Pulley (Dixie State University),
- Patrick Holland (Cal State Northridge),
- Kelvin Turrentine (Mt. San Antonio College),
- Richard Johnson (Pasadena City College),
- Chris Ballew (Mount St. Vincent) and
- Michael Perkins (Dixie State).
Expressing the gratitude of all the students, Chris Ballew stated, "It feels really good to know that older men in the community would go out of their way to support younger men like this."
The McDonald's Men's Group extends heartfelt appreciation for the caring support of McDonald's store owner, Paul Pernecky, district manager, Everardo Jimenez, and store manager, Jorge Cobos.