The EDH Legacy Foundation Scholarship 2019

The EDH Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipient - Mr. Jordan Emmanuel. Jordan Emmanuel, a graduating senior at Northeastern Academy, has made the decision to enter the field of ministry and will continue his pursuit of higher education at Oakwood University. The Foundation congratulates Mr. Emmauel and looks forward to hearing positive things about him in the future.

Oratorical Contest 2019

The Annual Oratorical Contest was held at Mount Vernon SDA Church on May 11, 2019. This year the contest had three competitors from Northeastern Academy and one special participant - eight year old Mr. John Augustus Lee James, who recited Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. The oratorical presentations were made by Ms. Ajeya Watson, 10th Grade; Ms. Cheryssa Hislop, 12th Grade; and Mr. Simeon Ramsey, 12th Grade. Each of the participants gave compelling and persuasive presentations. After hard deliberations, the judges made the decision that Cheryssa Hislop would receive the top award, with Simeon Ramsey and Ajeya Watson coming in at 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Each participant received a monetary award as well as a certificate of recognition. Congratulations to all!

The 2018 Oratorical Contest

Today, the EDH Legacy Foundation held its annual oratorical contest at Mount Vernon SDA Church. The participants, students from Northeastern Academy, ranged from grades 9 thru 12. The seven contestants this year were:

Behaca Surpris - 12th Grade

Israel Lamey - 11th Grade

Emily Rusnak - 9th Grade

Jade Reuben - 9th Grade

Ajeya Watson - 9th Grade

Langston Parris - 9th Grade

Niquelle Johnson - 9th Grade

After deliberating for a few minutes, the judges rendered the following placements:

1st Place - Behaca Surpris/$500 prize

2nd Place - Langston Parris/$300 prize

3rd Place - Jade Reuben/$200 prize

All contestants received a certificate for their participation. Contestants who did not place also received a monetary award of $100 each. Congratulations to all participants ~ keep up the good work!


Benefit Concert 2018

The Edward D. Herndon Legacy Foundation, Inc. would like to announce that the benefit concert for 2018 will feature award winning gospel artist Hezekiah Walker and The Love Fellowship Choir. Other artists will include Samantha Howard, Ana Marie Henry and the Northeastern Academy Concert Choir. Tickets go on sale Dec. 23rd at For more information, contact Lawrene Wells (732) 979-7160 or Laurence Watkins (914) 374-1897.

Black History Month Trip to Washington, DC

In honor of Mr. Herndon's love of learning, the Edward D. Herndon Legacy Foundation, Inc. is proud to offer a trip to the National Museum of African-American History & Culture. We will travel by charter bus on February 18, 2018 from Harlem, NY to the museum that honors the historic legacy of African-Americans. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased by Jan. 31, 2018. Stay tuned for more information regarding pricing. 

4th Annual Oratorical Contest Winners

The 4th Annual Oratorical Contest was held on April 22, 2017 at Mount Vernon SDA Church. This event supports the Foundation's Leadership initiative. The contestants and topics were as follows:

Joel Williams/Grade 12 - Honesty

Jessica Pitters/Grade 12 - Coming of Age

Surayya Walters/Grade 11 - Self Image/Self Esteem

The award placements were as follows:

Tied for 2nd Place - Joel Williams and Jessica Pitters. Both participants received a $300 award.

First Place - Surayya Walters. Award - $500

Congratulations and continued success to all!

Oratorical Contest 2017

For the past three years, The Edward D. Herndon Legacy Foundation, Inc. has sponsored an Annual Oratorical Contest for students at Northeastern Academy in memory of the 40 years that Pastor Edward Herndon served as the school's beloved Bible teacher. The 2017 Oratorical Contest will be held at the Mount Vernon SDA Church, 230 S. Columbus Ave. Mount Vernon, NY 10553 at 5:00pm. Come out to support the students of NEA!

The Edward D. Herndon Benefit Concert 2017


The Edward D. Herndon Legacy Foundation is proud to present the incomparable and award winning gospel artist Richard Smallwood and Vision in concert on March 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Award winning gospel sister trio Virtue will also be featured. Early bird tickets will go on sale October 16th at midnight for a limited time only. Don't miss your opportunity for priority seating. Visit for more information regarding tickets. 

Leaves of Autumn: An Exquisite Gala To Remember

The special honorees for this year's event are:

Dr. Walter Ralph, Jr.

Dr. Charmaine Blair

Adventist Retirement Ministry

Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Ushers Federation

Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Penn

Dr. Winston Silvera

Matthew Smith

Dr. and Mrs. Horace Turnbull

Roy Williams

Send a special congratulatory message to these individuals by placing an ad in the souvenir journal. Contact Pamela Lindo (347) 885-9209 or Myra Franklin Smith (845) 405-9115 for pricing information.