Mr. Dalton Barham is a stellar student athlete on and off the field. Dalton is a phenomenal Varsity baseball player for Maury High. The Head Varsity Baseball Coach Larry Gordon had this to say about Dalton; “As a team player, Dalton is often the first one I can count on to raise team spirit and to build his fellow teammates up whenever needed.” Dalton has utilized his caring disposition to give back to his community by participating as a J&A Race Event Volunteer and Fleet Park Challenger Event Volunteer. This student athlete is also a member of the National Honor Society. Dalton has a 3.3 GPA and will be attending The Norfolk State University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Business/Finance.
Maury High School, Norfolk, VA
Mr. Malik Harrison has a unique skill that is rare for most young gentleman, but those especially in the African American community. Malik is a skilled chess player. He elaborated in his essay that income disparities were a prevailing issue in the Hampton Roads area. He explained that creating chess classes and clubs for parents and students in churches would help expose African American students to the game and help combat disparities in our area. Not only is Malik a proficient chess player, he is also a scholar and servant in his community. Malik has volunteered at the Suffolk Senior Center, Lake Prince Woods Nursing Home, Chesapeake Public Library, Maryview Nursing Center, Hoops for Life Basketball Camp Counselor and serves as a mentor for the students at Bennett’s Creek Elementary. To date, this servant leader has visited over 10 community centers, volunteered over 300 hours and impacted hundreds of seniors in the local community. Malik is also the current president of the Golden Fold mentoring program, sponsored by the Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. This phenomenal young man still finds time to play sports with Great Bridge Varsity Basketball team, while maintaining a 3.6 GPA. Malik will be attending The Norfolk State University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Computer Science.
Great Bridge High School, Chesapeake, VA
Mr. Micah Langhorne is described by his Public Speaking coach as “one of the best examples of what our school can produce: a well-rounded, intelligent young man with the grade point average of a scholar.” This talented orator is a leader inside and outside the halls of Indian River High School. Micah has been a member of Indian River’s forensic team since his sophomore year. Last year, he placed 5th in the state in the Impromptu speech category. Micah has also played basketball and baseball all four years at Indian River HS. Micah is also a student leader at his high school. He was an executive council member for the SCA for the last two years and he is currently the SCA Treasurer. Micah has been a member of the FBLA for all four years and Executive Officer his senior year. He is also a very active member of his church First Baptist South Hill. He is an usher, Vacation Bible School assistant coordinator, Sunday School assistant, was a Lott Carey participant for five years and volunteered for the City Service Project and Clean the Bay day. Micah has also volunteered at the Foodbank of Southeastern VA and the Union Mission. He has participated in these activities while maintaining a 3.2 GPA and working a part time job at Harris Teeter. Micah will be attending either North Carolina A&T or University of North Carolina-Charlotte in the Fall where his major will be business administration or computer science.
Indian River High School, Chesapeake, VA
Mr. Alexander Payne is a budding Renaissance man. He is a consummate musician, student leader, and servant to the community. Alexander masterfully plays the Oboe, English horn, tuba and drums. Alexander was the brass captain in 2016 and drum major in 2018 in his school’s marching band. This year he ranked 4th overall for oboe and 3rd overall for English Horn in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. He also played in the Bands of America Parade of Roses Honor Band in Pasadena, CA in 2017. This is just a few of his musical accomplishments. Alexander has shared his musical gift with seniors, youth and military personnel in our community by performing in community outreach concerts with the Peninsula Concert Band, Williamsburg Youth Orchestra and Spratley Gifted Center. Alexander’s musical accomplishments paled in comparison to the heartfelt words from his chamber orchestra director. His chamber orchestra director said Alexander has inspired his own growth. Alexander is also a student of the New Horizons Governor’s School for Science & Technology in conjunction with Thomas Nelson Community College. Amazingly, Alexander is number 31 out of 362 students with a current GPA of 4.23. Alexander will be taking his music talents to the Peabody Conservatory of The John Hopkins University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Music Performance and Political Science.
Kecoughtan High School, Hampton, VA
Like his fellow scholarship recipients, Mr. Kenneth Etheridge has an impressive resume. He has excellent grades, has been enrolled in rigorous courses all four years of high school, participates in sports and volunteer activities but what resounded over the phone and in his recommendation, letters was his kind heart and enthusiastic spirit. Kenneth has been a member of the award-winning Oscar Smith Varsity Football team for four years. He also played and was the captain of the JV Football team. Kenneth volunteers with the Thalia Lions Club. He is also an active member of New Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church where has volunteered at the church summer camp and food pantry. He has also volunteered with the youth football camp. Kenneth has a 3.3 GPA. He will be taking his football talents to Alderson Broaddus University in the Fall where he will major in Social work/mass communications.
Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake, VA
Mr. Andrew Hill was described by his guidance counselor as being an exceptional young gentleman who is highly motivated and hard working. Andrew is very active within his Hickory Community. He is a member of the National Science & National English Honor Society. Andrew has volunteered for the American Red Cross, Relay for Life, and Suicide Awareness Prevention Team. He is a star member of the Indoor and Outdoor Track teams, Volleyball, and Football team respectively. Andrew won 6th place in an All state track and field competition and was one out of six students to receive the Virginia High School League for excellence in athletics award. In November of Andrew’s sophomore year, his father died after a year-long battle with cancer. His AP English teacher said that she remains deeply moved that Andrew has navigated his adolescence so successfully while simultaneously navigating such a tragic aspect in his home life. This remarkable young man works part-time at Coldstone Creamery and has maintained a 3.4 GPA. Andrew will be attending Radford University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Biology-Pre-Med.
Hickory High School, Chesapeake, VA
Mr. Justin Mapp is a musical prodigy and scholar. He is a student of Granby’s International Baccalaureate program. Justin has been a two-year member of the top orchestra Chamber Ensemble. He is extremely gifted as a Guitarist and composer. His orchestra teacher at Granby stated that “Justin is self-taught in modern guitar and approaches the art form with the intellect of a contemporary Segovia!” His guidance counselor Mrs. Kirby said his peers think he’s amazingly cool and she believes that his talent will take him all the way to the Grammy’s one day. Justin is also an active and committed participant of City of Norfolk’s Generational Changers program for the last three years. He and his fellow program participants are working together to plan and execute their initiative coined Bringing Fine Eats to the Streets. This program allows Justin and other participants to work with local chefs to cook and serve meals to individuals and families who may be food insecure or homeless. This musical philanthropist also volunteers with the Ingleside Civic League and canvassed for our current Governor Ralph Northam’s Gubernatorial Campaign in 2018. Justin amazingly accomplishes all these things and more while maintaining a 4.01 GPA as an IB student. He will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University in the Fall where his major is undecided at this time.