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Adams honored for service to city, teens

Sparkle Adams at right with state Reps. Keisha Waites at left and Sheila Jones. (Special Photo)

Sparkle Adams at right with state Reps. Keisha Waites at left and Sheila Jones. (Special Photo)

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Sparkle Adams at left with first lady Sandra Deal. (Special Photo)

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State Rep. Keisha Waites at left with Sparkle Adams. (Special Photo)

FOREST PARK — It is said that well-behaved women rarely make history.

However, they do tend to get recognized when their efforts to serve their community surpass their peers.

Former Forest Park Mayor Pro Tem Sparkle Adams has done just that, according to Georgia lawmakers, who honored Adams during Women’s History Month for her devotion to public service. Adams was among a handful of women, including first lady Sandra Deal, feted at the Capitol by legislators.

Adams served on city council from 2005 until February 2013 when she resigned to make an unsuccessful bid for mayor. She organized Teen Council in 2009 and it has become her pet project.

“I realized that not all teens were inclined to compete in sports,” she said. “There are a lot of teens out there who will make good leaders but we weren’t tapping into those students who were not interested in sports.”

As founder of Teen Council, Adams helps students not only develop and hone leadership skills, but advises them on etiquette and dressing appropriately for public events.

“You should always give back,” she said. “Be a mentor and teach these young people about leadership and how to present themselves.”

Adams also organizes field trips designed to broaden their experiences and expose them to different sides of life. Under her tutelage, for example, the students visited Tuskegee, Ala., where they met original Tuskegee Airmen.

At the core of Teen Council, however, is government and learning how politics impact daily life.

“There are so many layers in between local government and the presidency,” she said. “A lot of parents don’t even know who their local officials are, never mind the kids.”

Education is key to learning how to survive in one’s own community, said Adams.

“If you have issues in your community, where do you go?” she said. “Who do you talk to?”

Members of Teen Council are elected according to districts and feature individual mayors and council bodies. They meet every month at the Kiwanis meeting hall in Forest Park and meetings are conducted according to Robert’s Rule of Order.

Adams said she was thrilled to be recognized for doing what she enjoys.

“I was elated,” she said. “I feel as though it was s sign of overwhelming support for the things I do in this community. It was a recognition by people not in the community but my state representative, Keisha Waites.”