Chantel Marsaw receives Unsung Hero Award

Each year, Natchez newspaper, The Natchez Democrat, spotlights upstanding citizens who go above and beyond for their community service. This year, Alcorn State University student and Natchez, Miss. native Chantel Marsaw was among those who are known for making an effort to make Adams County a better place.

Marsaw, who is the founder of the organization, “It Still Takes a Village,” was among seven Natchez community leaders who were awarded the Unsung Hero Award by the city newspaper earlier this month for her organization’s work with teenagers with deceased parents.

Marsaw’s organization has played a major role in helping high school students who suffered the loss of a parent with their schoolwork and graduation. The nonprofit organization has been instrumental in the lives of more than 50 high school graduates in its three years of existence. Marsaw recently expanded the program to school districts in Jefferson, Claiborne, and Wilkinson counties.

Marsaw was elated to know that her city had been keeping a close eye on her constant strides to uplift the youth in the Southwest region of Mississippi.

“It feels great to know that my community is watching me daily,” said Marsaw. “The majority of them are paying attention to everything I am doing to help my community, along with several other communities as well.”

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