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Mirror Image graduates first class of scholars

May 17, 2024, 4:45 pm

Mirror Image Leadership Academy (MILA) celebrated its inaugural class of graduating scholars Thursday evening at the 2024 Gala in Alachua.


Applause, cheers and prayers from county officials and community leaders filled Valley View event center as the nine graduates walked across the stage in matching black ties and suits to receive certificates of completion.  

“I watched these young men three years ago, they were half the size they are now,” said Craig Wilburn, a MILA board member. “I couldn’t get them to look me in the eye, I couldn’t get them to shake my hand, I couldn’t get them to do a lot of things. It is unbelievable the transformation these young men have experienced...” 

Gainesville Mayor Harvey Ward (left) and Gainesville City Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut (right) were on hand for Mirror Image Leadership Academy's inaugural class of graduating scholars on Thursday.

Photo by Robert J. Joseph

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