The Youth Black History Reality Show Committee has made its mark as an avenue of giving away scholarships.
It was an avenue of influence by graduating students qualified by essays, participation in Youth Black History Reality Shows, and volunteering in the community. The graduating students must have GPAs of no less than 2.5 and acceptance at a college.
That was the screening protocol of the committee at the African American Cultural Society (AACS) for awarding scholarships this past Saturday. They connected the reality shows in February, involving role-playing by students along the frontiers of knowledge on the contributions of African-Americans.
The path led to a $1,000 scholarship from John Jones, former meteorologist for the national weather service in Bowie, Md. He attributed the scholarship to his dad, Jack Jones, a postal worker/Tuskegee Airman, whose priority involved education.
Jones’ $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Crystal Buchanan, an OB/GYN major enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Buchanan graduated from Daytona State College with an associate degree, just prior to receiving a high school diploma. She has a 4.68 grade point average.
“Support has been good,” said Jeanette Wheeler. “We have gotten support from John Jones, who committed himself on the spot upon becoming an AACS member.”
The Youth Black History Reality Committee was a call out of Wheeler, chairman; Harriett Whiting, Patricia Bottoms, Patricia McNutt, Erma Brooks, Hope Swire and Monica Bailey.
The committee was the causeway for a $500 scholarship to be awarded to political science major Travis Thompson’s admission at North Carolina Wesleyan College.
Kemba Griffith received a $750 scholarship to the University of Florida to major in neonatal nursing in the health-science curriculum. Kemba graduated from Daytona State College with an associate degree, just prior to receiving her high school diploma. She has a 4.6 grade point average.
Victoria Starks plans to attend the College of Central Florida and use a $750 scholarship toward majoring in nursing.
A seed planted by Wheeler, more than 11 years ago, was a channel for youth to become active and increase knowledge of African-American history, and implement a scholarship program in 2010 for supporting the post-secondary, educational goals of participating youth.
City hosting CSI Camp
Other lookout points are the summer recreational camps for children and teens, sponsored by the City of Palm Coast.
Communications & Marketing Manager Cindi Lane provided a list of camps awhile ago (golf camps, tennis camps, etc.) but the one that was most impressive was the CSI Camp. The particulars of the camp read:
Join the crime scene investigation (CSI) team and go in-depth to learn the techniques used to identify and process the clues of a crime. Young participants will learn vehicle processing, fingerprinting, and get a glimpse into forensics casting. The weeklong camp includes a tour of the county jail.
The camp is open to students in grades 3-6, having completed the grade, and the camp running Monday through Friday, July 7 to 11, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., at the Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. The cost is $60 for the week. Pre-registration is required. Moreover, a Stay-N-Play Camp is available, which runs 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at a cost of $50 for the week.
For further details, call 386-986-2323, or visit www.palmcoastgov.com/camps.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.
Best wishes to: Vinnie Carr, July 4; Alexandria Johnson, July 5; Donald Bryant, July 7; William Jones, July 8; and Yolaine Goodridge, July 9. Happy anniversary to Milton and Darthula McQueen, July 6; and Douglas and Pat Brown, July 8.