At its 16th Annual Gala on March 2nd, 2014, COA recognized two Rising Stars who hae demonstrated tremendous leadership and personal growth throughout their participation in COA programs. Dayz’hane Anderson has been part of both the Youth Development and Camping programs since early childhood. Now going into her Senior year of high school, Dayz’hane has continued her involvement with COA. She is viewed by peers and staff alike as a role model who champions individuality, personal responsibility, and self-expression. Jondre Robinson came to COA with the desire to complete his GED. A quiet and introverted teen, the program’s staff took notice of his intellectual and academic capabilities and worked with him to graduate and support his long-term goals. In pursuit of these goals, Jondre has become a Youth Development participant and is now a member of the COA staff.