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Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake, VA
Mr. Quentin Holmes is no stranger to the 900 Men Strong Scholarship Breakfast. For the last 5 years Quentin has attended the banquet with his coach Reginald Foote and the Men and youth of Bethany Baptist Church and now stands before us as a scholarship honoree. Quentin is a testament to what this ministry stands for and is a true gentleman and scholar is his own right. Quentin is an Air Force ROTC cadet, athlete, musician, Junior pilot and scholar. Quentin has been an active participant in Oscar Smith's Air Force Junior ROTC Program for three consecutive years. He was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant due to his high marks in the class and overall scholastic achievement. Quentin has been a member of the varsity swim team for the last two years and received a Junior Leadership Certificate from his Karate instructor. Not only does Quentin have a black belt in Karate, he is also a certified life guard and works part time at the YMCA. Following in his family's footsteps, Quentin has been flying air planes for several years and is a member of the Junior Tuskegee Airmen. He has been selected twice for the city District and Regional Orchestra and plays bass guitar at Bethany Baptist Church. Quentin still finds time to volunteer with the annual back to school drives and weekly feed the homeless programs at his church. Quentin has accomplished all of these things and more while taking honors & AP classes and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. This 900 Men Strong Scholarship honoree plans to start his post secondary education at either Virginia Tech or the Air Force Academy in the Fall where he will be majoring in Electrical Engineering.
Green Run Collegiate High School, Virginia Beach, VA
Mr. Kameron Gray is the true definition of a "student leader." Kameron is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program at Green Run Collegiate High School. The IB program is one of the most rigorous programs in high schools across the nation, a program in which Kameron has excelled. In addition to his heavy academic course load, the Class of 2018 at Green Run Collegiate elected, Kameron their Class President for four consecutive years. His leadership extends beyond the halls of Green Run into his church and community at large. Kameron is a dedicated member of the usher board & mass choir at his home church, New Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Within the realm of the community, he is a youth member for the NAACP, Member of the Gold Fold Mentorship Program, was a Virginia Beach Leadership Workshop Delegate from 2013-2017 and is the Vice President of Impact Virginia. Kameron has volunteered with the Access College Foundation, Freshman Transition Program, and the Parent Teacher Student Association while maintaining a 3.2 GPA. This 900 Men Strong Scholarship honoree plans to attend Clark Atlanta University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Political Science.
Green Run High School, Virginia Beach, VA
Not only is Mr. Cyntenious Morris a scholar, he also has a heart to serve. This activist saw a need in his community and is the founding member and inaugural President of a youth led community service and leadership collective called #ImpactVaBeach. This organization, led by Cyntenious, advocates for civil justice and community improvement. He has completed more than 130 volunteer service hours by participating in the Thanksgiving and Christmas basket giveaways with The Golden Fold, a male mentorship program sponsored by the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Cyntenious has been a member of this program since 2011 and received their Endurance Award in 2017. This dynamic scholar was recognized as the AP US History Student of the Year in 2017. Cyntenious has been a participant in the AVID Program since middle school. AVID, an acronym for Advancement via Individual Determination, is a nationwide college readiness program intended to identify and support young people who have the motivation, ability, and desire to attend college. In the true spirit of fostering excellence through education, this scholar will be the first in his family to attend college. This 900 Men Strong Scholarship honoree plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Biology (Pre-Med).
Granby High School, Norfolk, VA
Mr. Aaron Porro-Harrell was described by his teachers as bright, caring and willing to help others. Early on, Aaron showed his leadership capabilities at Granby. As a freshman, he participated in a STEM program at Occidental College in California. This well rounded scholar has received an award in Junior Varsity Football, participates in FBLA, Skills USA and is enrolled in all honors classes. Currently, Aaron is a dual enrollment student at the Norfolk Technical Center in their Electrical Program and is an active participant of the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars Program (VAST). This program is sponsored by NASA and Thomas Nelson Community College. His compassion radiated throughout his essay as he wrote about how churches can assist with the Medicaid Coverage Gap by creating "Medical Aid Funds" that could assist with medical expenses for the elderly, struggling single parents and young people that maybe be on their own but unable to afford health care. This 900 Men Strong Scholarship honoree plans to attend Old Dominion University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Electrical Engineering.
Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, VA
Two words echoed throughout Mr. Baldwin-Akin Varner's recommendations, and they were consistent determination. Baldwin's school counselor explained that his GPA may not be as high as our other applicants but he embraced the challenge that his career demands by taking the most demanding courses Landstown has to offer by enrolling in AP Calculus and AP Physics at the same time. Baldwin struggled through pre-Calculus and did not earn the best grade initially, but instead of giving up he decided to repeat the course in order to be fully prepared for AP Calculus this year. Baldwin's sheer grit and determination is truly commendable. Mr. Maurice Carter, Director of Call me Mister at Longwood University stated that he has been involved in higher education for over thirty years and Baldwin was one of the most impressive students that he has encountered in his career. This astounding young man is the inaugural president of the Golden Fold Mentorship Program and has served his community as a facilitator for Youth Financial Classes, Youth STD Prevention classes and has performed leadership training for high school students since he was in the 8th grade. Baldwin stated, "In the future, I plan to use my knowledge to drive innovation and improvement in the world, and to inspire those who are younger than me to do their best to make the world a better place. My main missions are to significantly reduce pollution of all types and improve the quality of life for humans across the globe." This Dr. Frank & Quincy Guns Scholarship Honoree plans to attend Norfolk State University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Applied Physics.
Granby High School, Norfolk, VA
Mr. James Deloatch is a stellar student athlete on and off the field. This baseball phenom has been referred to as courageous, tenacious, determined, honest, kind but above all resilient and here's why. Last year, James beloved father, James Sr. lost his battle with cancer. His father was instrumental in his growth and development as a man and a baseball player. His school counselor described his resiliency best by stating, "He does not want handouts for anything he does; instead he wants hand ups." This responsible student athlete was proactive in informing his teachers of his father's death and instead of using this extremely difficult situation as a crutch he assured his teachers that his assignments would be completed in a timely manner. James volunteers at our local foodbank during the summers and for the last three years has joined his teammates at a local park encouraging and assisting young athletes with disabilities on the baseball field. This CLP Financial Group Inc. Scholarship honoree has committed to play baseball at Norfolk State University in the fall where he will be majoring in Business Management.
Warwick High School, Newport News, VA
Mr. Nile Howell is an accomplished artist, leader and scholar. Starting in middle school, Nile displayed his artistic gifts and abilities. He participated in the George Washington Carver & Rock the SOLs Muriel in 2010. In 2015 & 2016 his artwork was published in the Artist Portfolio Magazine Online. He has been the winner of many local Hampton & Newport News library art contests and his work has been displayed in the Newport News School Administration Building on several occasions. Nile has participated in the 21st Century Scholars since 2012, Made for More since 2014, Project Discover since 2015, the Governors Youth Academy in 2015 and 2016 and The College of William & Mary's Psychology Best Friend Project since 2013. This busy young man still finds time to volunteer in the community with the Food Bank and at the Annual Carver Elementary School Carnival. This 900 Men Strong Scholarship honoree plans to start his post secondary education at either ODU, FAMU or Hampton University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Physical Education.
Booker T. Washington High School, Norfolk, VA
Mr. Daquan Lundy has made a positive impact inside and outside the walls of Booker T. Washington High School as one of the school's most accomplished student leaders. Inside the school walls, he is President of the Student Council Association and holds leadership positions on the school's Golf Team and Step Team. Outside of the school walls, Daquan along with fellow members of the Kappa League, mentor young males at James Monroe, Lindenwood and Jacox Elementary School with the goal of decreasing suspensions and increasing attendance and academic success. Daquan is determined to beat the odds. He is the third oldest of eight children in a single parent household. He strives to be a great role model for his siblings and peers. Daquan believes that failure is not an option and if at first you don't succeed, brush yourself off and try again. His motto is, "I failed before and defeated the elements formed against me, and I am currently focused to be great!" This Men of Second Calvary Scholarship honoree plans to attend Norfolk State University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Business Marketing.
Booker T. Washington High School, Norfolk, VA
Mr. Maleik Watkins was described by his Senior Class Sponsor as a ray of sunshine and a natural born leader. Maleik is very active within his BTW community. This scholar is the Senior Class Events Coordinator, President of the BTW National Honor Society, Senior Class Representative with the SCA and member of Booker T's Elite Men's Group. For this last 3 years, Maleik has also participated as a musician with the Tidewater Community Orchestra. He shares his love of music with youth in his community by teaching young children how to play the violin at the Kroc Center in Norfolk. Maleik also volunteers as a tutor with the Heartstrings group at the Kroc Center. Maleik will graduate from Booker T. Washington High School as number 4 in his class with a 3.79 GPA! This Men of Second Calvary Scholarship honoree plans to attend Norfolk State University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Electrical Engineering.