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Sheppard Participates in King Service
January 22nd, 2014

Senior Erin Sheppard was selected to participate in the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at the historic  Ebenezer Baptist Church.  The televised service was carried live on Atlanta’s Fox 5 television station on January 20th.

Following an interview and audition process, Sheppard was selected to share in a reading of the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, which was delivered by Dr. King in 1964.  Erin is the daughter of Mr. Bill Sheppard and Ms. Teresa Penley Sheppard and is a member of The Cathedral of Christ the King and a graduate of Christ the King School.  Sheppard  represented St. Pius X Catholic High School and the Catholic faith.  She is the second student to represent St. Pius X at this historical event. In 2012, St. Pius X valedictorian Shockley Nunnery spoke at the service.

Each year, service organizers choose litany program readers from top students around the Atlanta metropolitan area who are from diverse ethnicities, cultures and religious practices.  Students chosen for the honor meet criteria including an interview of oratorical skills and demonstration of the principles and qualities exemplified by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including love for
mankind, equality, concern for justice, unity, peace, service to others and goodwill for all mankind.  Miss Sheppard has held numbers leadership positions at St. Pius X including Student Ambassador, Lion Leader and head of the Varsity Football Film Crew. She is a dedicated community volunteer whose service has included collecting eyeglasses for Operation I Care and Georgia Lions Lighthouse.  There was also another St. Pius X connection at the service.  Sister Margaret McAnoy, IHM, Vicar for Religious for the archdiocese of Atlanta delivered the benediction. Sister Margaret at one time taught theology at St. Pius X.


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