Park semifinalists named

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Madeline Ashton Dalsimer


Staff Writer

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Five outstanding young women in the Twin Counties have been named as Park Scholarship semifinalists for the Class of 2023.

Two seniors hail from Rocky Mount High School, two from Rocky Mount Academy and one from Edgecombe County Early College High School.

Madeline Ashton Dalsimer, the daughter of Melissa and David Dalismer, is a native of Rocky Mount and a senior at Rocky Mount High School. 

She serves as president of the Empowering Through Mentoring, Community and Encouragement club and the Gryphon Garden. She is also active in sports at the school, serving as captain of the varsity soccer team and participating in the varsity swim team, the varsity cross country team and the varsity tennis team.

Among her many awards and honors, Dalsimer is a member of the National Honor Society and has been awarded the Spanish Departmental Award, the Mathematics Departmental Award and the Earth and Environmental Award.

“I am looking forward to exploring all the engineering program has to offer at N.C. State. I hope to use my love for art and science to help solve global issues in the world today. I am looking for a career that is fulfilling where I can incorporate who I am and my interests into my work and NC State has so much available to help make that happen,” Dalsimer said.

Another Rocky Mount High School senior, Katherine Gray Moss of Enfield, is the daughter of Tom and Ashley Moss.

Moss is an avid athlete and has participated in the school’s varsity tennis, swimming and soccer teams. She is also a member of the the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, the Student Booster Club and was a participant in the annual ECU and Chowan math competitions. 

Among her honors, Moss received the IB English, Biology and Chemistry Departmental Award and the Brittney Sportsmanship award. She also attended the N.C. Governor's School East.

"I hope to continue my search for professional career paths at N.C. State University. Through an engineering degree, I am excited to see the opportunities and fields that I can enter. Engineering fulfills my passion to learn continuously and this field is at the forefront of innovation and new technologies,” Moss said.

Ann Sumner Thorp, a senior at Rocky Mount Academy, is not only a Parks Scholarship semi-finalist; she also is a semi-finalist for the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Thorp is the daughter of Hall and Sharon Thorp and lives in Rocky Mount.

Thorp serves as the student government president, the Youth and Government Delegation Leader, Honor Council co-chair, Media Office Editor-in-Chief and is the founder of Character in Action. She is a member of the N.C. Honors Orchestra, the National Honor Society, Distinguished Young Women of Rocky Mount and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is also a state tennis champion.

Thorp plans to study health sciences in college.

“I am hoping to go into either nursing or physical therapy with a focus in pediatrics,” she said.

Another Rocky Mount Academy senior, Georgia Ellen Morris, is the daughter of David and C.B. Morris and hails from Rocky Mount.

Morris is president of the Key Club, vice president of the CARE Club, a MATHCOUNTS coach and was named the 2017 Hostess of the Year at Chico’s Restaurant. 

Among her achievements to date, Morris has received the Robert Sykes Geometry Award and has attended the N.C. Governor’s School West. She is member of the National Honor Society and is both a Turner Battle Scholar and an AP Scholar. She is a co-recipient of the Robert Sykes Math Scholarship and a recipient of the Kay Ellen Excellence in Writing Scholarship.

Morris plans to study sociology and statistics.

“In the future, I hope to use my education and my abilities to make a change in the world. Social justice is one of my passions, and I want to focus my career on doing sociological research to make long-standing improvements within society,” Morris said.

Ana Jazmine Rojas-Gabriel of Tarboro is a student at the Edgecombe County Early College High School. She is the daughter of Antonia Gabriel and José Rojas

At her high school, she serves as the secretary of Innovative Minds and the vice president of the student council and of the local chapter of the National Honor Society. She also represents the Edgecombe County Early College High School on the Edgecombe Community College Student Government Association.

Rojas-Gabriel plans major in pre-dental studies at college.

“My aspiration is to become a pediatric dental hygienist and work with others to provide quality service for people in need,” she said.

The 475 Park Scholarship semifinalists, including the five from the Twin Counties , have just completed interviews with members of the scholarship committee. Semifinalists will be notified of their status by Jan. 30 and approximately 112 finalists will be invited to the campus to participate in a final round of selection activities in February.

Scholarship winners will be announced in May.