Young people and community organizations that have been captured in my articles worked a photo-op at the 31st Annual Senior Scholarship Awards Ceremony of Flagler Palm Coast High School, Matanzas High School and the Flagler County School District.
The students were among 206 graduating seniors receiving $350,000 in scholarships, a combined sponsorship of 70 businesses, civic organizations, individuals, and both high schools.
That’s what happened April 20 at Flagler Auditorium.
Flagler County School Superintendent Jacob Oliva took a moment to say: “To all of you seniors that are here, you have persevered throughout the school year. You’ve made a dedication to service, academics, our community, and tonight, we are able to recognize those accomplishments.”
The accomplishments were made by the soon-to-be graduates of the Class of 2017. The organizations recognized the importance of education and the efforts and commitments made by the seniors.
Some of the seniors racking up scholarships insuring their post-secondary education were:
Abby Duquette, Cassandra Gubala, Krishna Louis, Ivana Moore, Elizabeth Kirkconnell and Micayala LaVaglio, who received the University Women of Flagler Scholarships
Deidra Burkley and Ivana Moore, who each received Delta Sigma Theta’s Letitia White Memorial Scholarship
Deidre Burkley and Faizah Holmes, the African-American Mentoring Program for Girls Scholarships
Deidre Burkley, Jordan Pittmon, Alana Williams and Alexis Williams, the African American Cultural Society’s Jack Jones Memorial Scholarships and Dr. Madalin Price Memorial Scholarships
Alana Williams, Lacey Jackson and Felicity Rollins, the George Washington Carver Foundation Scholarships
Alana Williams, Lucey Jackson, Krishna Louis and Anais Mims, the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization Scholarships
Alana Williams and Skye Mills, the New York City Transit Retirees of Palm Coast Scholarships.
Other scholarships were awarded to:
Alexis Williams from the American Legion Riders
Robert Gordon with a scholarship from Dr. Jim and Laverne Guines of the African-American Mentoring Program
Michele’ Jackson and Phillip Moultries, the African-American Mentoring Program’s Young Men of Distinction Scholarships
Amossi Miller walked away with the African-American Mentoring Program’s Jamese King Memorial Scholarship
Alexandra Chong and Daniel Thomas, the United Caribbean Association Scholarships
Alexandra Chong and Krishna Louis received scholarship money from the Grenadian Association of Palm Coast.
And then, there’s my niece, Kobi Kane with Krishna Louis, Anais Mims and Jordan Pittmon each receiving a scholarship from the Ivy Community Foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.; Kobi Kane, Alexa Colson, Alyssa Diaz, and Sterling Westbrook each receiving a scholarship from Flagler Technical Institute; Kobi Kane and Judy Colindres, earning scholarships from the Flagler Palm Coast Kiwanis Foundation, and Kobi Kane and Allie Gardner each receiving a scholarship from the Flagler Business Women.
The awards ceremony was an opportunity for taking pictures and underlie the deeper meaning of achievement and scholarship.
Free summer theology program
The Rev. Dr. David L. Blow, adjunct professor at Bethune-Cookman University’s School of Religion, advised of a free, summer theology and leadership program, a phenomenal offer for young people.
Bethune-Cookman University’s School of Religion is now accepting applications for the 2017 Exploring Gifts and Graces: Summer Adventure in Theology and Leadership (EGG) program for high school students.
EGG is a nine-day, all-expense paid, residential summer experience for rising high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith, learn more about themselves, and think deeply about their dreams, goals, and gifts. Fifty high school students will be accepted and have the opportunity to explore Christian faith, ministry, theology, and religious vocation.
EGG will be held on campus at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach from July 15-23.
Participants will build friendships, participate in community service projects, gain leadership skills, and experience life on a college campus.
“This is a unique and exciting opportunity for high school students who want to explore their giftedness and become more aware of how God is leading them in their lives,” said Dr. Randolph Bracy, Jr., dean of the School of Religion.
Dr. Alice Wood, associate professor of Religion and Philosophy and program director of EGG, emphasized the need for the program, which is funded by a four-year grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Rising high school juniors and seniors who will enter grades 11 and 12 in August 2017 and live anywhere within Florida may apply at www.cookman.edu/yti/egg/ or call 386-481-2712.
Priority applications are due by May 5 with the final deadline to apply falling on May 31, 2017.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.
Birthday wishes to Jimmy Morrison, April 28; Les Town, April 30; David Eurie, May 1; Joy Ragoonan, May 2; and Carl Davis, May 3.