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Scholarships awarded to local students

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From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The LSV 2017 Award Banquet was held June 3 at Pines Chapel Church Fellowship Hall in Pinetops.

One-hundred eighty guests witnessed the award ceremony as four scholars were presented $1,000 scholarships each. The scholarships were presented by Director Leah S. Vines assisted by Victor, Travis and Vernon Vines to the following scholars:

■ Jerrail Brodie, graduate of Franklinton High School, will attend N.C. State A&T University. His major is architecture engineering. His parents are Earl J. and Ericka Brodie of Franklinton.

■ Ahlia Vines, graduate of Grace Academy School in Matthews,  will attend the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Her major is nursing, after which she plans to attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist. Her parents are Victor and Zvi Vines.

■ Kaylin Craine, graduate of Glenelg High School in Glenelg, Md., will attend the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis Md. Her major is chemistry, after which she plans to attend medical school to become an obstetrician-gynecologist. Her parents are Alphonso and Ava Craine.

■ Kathryn Craine, graduate of Glenelg High School in Glenelg, Md., will attend Hamilton College in Clinton, N.J. Her major is biology, after which she plans to attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist. Her parents are Alphonso and Ava Craine.

The speaker for the event was Calvin Stevens. director of business development and diversity for Balfour Betty Construction in Raleigh. He was Introduced, with his lovely wife Andriel, by President Victor Vines. Stevens delivered a remarkable, humorous speech to the scholarship recipients and the entire audience. He spoke about his upbringing and remedies for making the right choices. He said his mother never told him no, but always asked why do you want to do this? He advised them to choose a career wisely that will support them in the future. He also stated that children need quality time with their parents for encouragement and to promote the family environment and lifestyle. He told the students that he would be a mentor if they came to him for help.

The presentation of the LSV Leadership Award was presented posthumously to Deacon Willie Frank Battle and the Battle Family to honor the memory of his late wife, Ellen Horne Battle. She established the Helping Hand Club in Pinetops in 1973. She served as president diligently and with compassion and was a true leader in the Pinetops community until her passing.

Nitia' Steward provided a spectacular performance of vocal entertainment throughout the program, which ended with her special rendition of “The Greatest Love of All,” which was the theme for the banquet. A buffet dinner was served.

After the banquet, guests visited the Quilt Gallery, an Amazing Exhibit of Quilts by Catherine. The 2017-18 Scholarship Fundtaiser, Win this Quilt, “Circles of Love,” was announced and on display. Tickets are available at $5 each. Drawing will be Nov. 18. For tickets contact Leah S. Vines at 252-827-4843.

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