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Thomasina Williams honored for 20 years with the Selective Service System Published: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 7:24 AM

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Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Thomasina Williams of Meiers Corners has been recognized for 20 years of service as a board member for the Selective Service System; the recognition was awarded during a ceremony in Arlington, Va. Mrs. Williams received a Length of Service certificate and a Board Member Service Medal. In 1991, Ms. Williams was appointed by then-President George Bush to the New York City Local Board of Selective Service. Mrs. Williams has 31 years of teaching experience with city and state schools, include teaching mentally retarded students at PS 3, Pleasant Plains, and eight years at the former Willowbrook State School. She retired after spending 25 years at the Hungerford School. She is the co-founder and first president of the Arthur D. Phillips Scholarship Humanitarian Awards Committee, which awards scholarships to high school seniors entering college. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Society, Inc., and is an active life member and past vice president of the National Council of Negro Women, serving as second vice president. Mrs. Williams also helped coordinate the Global Mission Project to help war-stricken children in West Africa. Mrs. Williams received a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in art from Shaw College, Raleigh, N.C. She earned a master's degree in special education from the College of Staten Island. She has pursued advanced studies at Columbia University Teachers College, New York University and Wagner College, earning equivalency credits for a second master's degree in 1993. She has received the distinguished Black American Achievement Award from Borough President James Molinaro and has been honored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Mrs. Williams is a 2000 Staten Island Advance Woman of Achievement. Dr. John Maese earns Mastership honors

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