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Eleven students received $1,000 scholarship awards during the the fourth annual Leah S. Vines Scholarship Award Banquet at Pines Chapel Church Fellowship Hall in Pinetops.

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From Contributed Reports

Saturday, July 6, 2019

“Celebrate the Past, Embrace the Future” was the theme for the fourth annual Leah S. Vines Scholarship Award Banquet on June 8 at Pines Chapel Church Fellowship Hall in Pinetops. More than 270 people attended the celebration.

Helen Collins was mistress of ceremonies. It was a blissful evening of entertainment by Evangelist Wanda Barnes’ opening selection of “You Raise Me Up.” The Rev. Carol Allen White, clerk of Edgecombe County Superior Court, rendered the invocation followed by Evangelist Wanda Barnes’s sensational, “I Can Only Imagine.”

The welcome was given by Director Leah S. Vines. The history was by Secretary Marsha Cooper and the Purpose by By-laws was from Chairperson Katie Staton.

The speaker was ECC President Gregory McLeod. He was introduced by Victor Vines, president of the LSV Scholarship Fund. Following another selection by Evangelist Wanda Barnes, “Find Your Wings,” McLeod delivered the keynote address.

His message to the recipients began with the theme: “Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future.” He asked the recipients to think about the incredible journey their parents and grandparents went through for them to be able to go to college. Speaking to everyone, he said we should celebrate our past by remembering what our forefathers went through and embrace our future by encouraging the young people today to be all that they can be.

He spoke of his own experiences and challenges through his educational journey. He warned the recipients not to go after the easiest major there is in college — have high expectations of yourself and others. The world gets more and more complex every day. We need more engineers, doctors, architects and business degrees. Be aware and be resourceful. Know that this scholarship is an investment in you; a small token to let you know that the Dream Team and the entire community believes in you. Live the dream by going as far as you can go, be all that you can be.

Eleven recipients were awarded a $1,000 LSV Scholarship. The scholarship award presentations were by President Victor Vines, Vice President Travis Vines, Parliamentarian Vernon Vines and Director Leah S. Vines to the following recipients:

Jordan Isaiah Richardson, the son of Iiron Richardson and Annette Richardson of Nash County, is a graduate of Northern Nash High School who will attend N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro in pursuit of a degree in mechanical engineering.

Jada Pender, the daughter of George and Kimberly Pender and the granddaughter of the Rev. Florence Pender, is a graduate of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Va., who will attend Hampton University in pursuit of a degree in computer science.

Nia Farrow, the daughter of Leondus and Tarra Farrow and granddaughter of Johnny and Bernice Anderson of Pinetops, is a graduate of South-Central High School in Greenville who will attend Winston-Salem State University in pursuit of a degree in physical therapy.

Jakayla Edwards, the daughter of Steven Edwards and Katrina Throne, is a graduate of Junius H. Rose High School in Greenville who will attend Fayetteville State University in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree and nursing.

Darin Arrington, the son of Dexter and Debbie Arrington, is a graduate of Nash Central High School who will attend UNC-Greensboro in pursuit of a degree in art with a minor in graphic design.

Dana S. Griffith, the daughter of Stacey Thomas and granddaughter of James Thomas of Battleboro, is a graduate of Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, N.Y., who will attend N.C. A&T State University in pursuit of a degree in civil engineering.

Kadiedra M. Porter, the daughter of Michael and Gloria Cobb Porter and niece of Mary Wooten and Juanita Ford, is a graduate of Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C., who will attend Winthrop University in Columbia, S.C., in pursuit of a degree in occupational therapy.

Chloe Leon, the daughter of Alvin L and Tracey Leon, is a graduate of Wilson Early College Academy in Wilson who will enter the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences in pursuit of a degree in international studies.

Suzan Awamleh, the daughter of Hmoud and Dalal Awamleh, is a graduate of Ralph L. Fike High School in Wilson who will attend N.C. State University in pursuit of a degree in business administration and criminal justice.

Ellen Dorsey, the daughter of Ronald and Rebella Dorsey of Wilson County, is a graduate of Ralph L. Fike High School in Wilson who will attend N.C. State University in pursuit of a degree in business administration.

Nirrya Foster, the daughter of Travis Jenkins and Tiffany Jenkins, is a graduate of Ralph L. Fike High School in Wilson who will attend Winston-Salem State University in pursuit of a degree in nursing.

Presentation of the Community Awards was by Director Leah S. Vines. Each year, Community Award presentations have been a part of the Scholarship Award Banquet. An honorable person or persons is selected who have invested in the community to give back and make the world a better place because of their presence, keeping it strong as a significant example of our investment in the scholarship recipients and the return we hope to accomplish where ever they may be.

Business of Excellence Awards were presented to Marshall Dunn of Piggly Wiggly Stores Inc. and Gerald Abrams of Abrams Barbecue & Amusement, two men who have had a great impact on our everyday living and surroundings.

They both are natives of Pinetops who support and bless their community each and every day with their contributions and services to the public.

President Victor Vines received the Architect of the Year Award presented by Travis Vines in honor of his support and service to the Scholarship Fund and his many other recent awards to his firm, Vines Architecture.

Catherine Wooten of Woodbine, Md. was awarded the Quilt Raffle Fund Raiser Award, presented by Katie Staton, Marsha Cooper and Helen Collins. Over $6,000 has been raised for the scholarship fund from the quilt raffles each year. Wooten donates her quilts for the fundraisers. The quilts value is $395. Another of her beautiful quilts will be raffled in the fall.

“The Rose” a memorial was presented by Vernon Vines in memory of their father, Joe C. Vines and all love ones of everyone passed on.

To conclude the Scholarship Award Celebration, all enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner by Sylvia’s Catering.

Director Leah S. Vines, the president, vice president and all the Dream Team sincerely thanked all for their support and helping make each year a great success.

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