‘Unsung heroes’ honored at luncheon
WYE MILLS — Several “unsung heroes” from MidShore high schools were honored on Saturday, Feb. 4, when the Chesapeake College Multicultural Advisory Committee hosted the 17th annual community luncheon in the Caroline College Center.
More than 180 people attended the luncheon and the proceeds benefited the J.C. Gibson Memorial Book Scholarship.
The J.C. Gibson Memorial Book Scholarship provides awards up to $200 to disadvantaged high school seniors who will be attending Chesapeake College. The scholarship aids the recipients in the purchasing of text books for their college classes.
Each year the Multicultural Advisory Committee of Chesapeake College encourages high schools from the area to nominate high school seniors to be honored for their service to their school and their communities.
“This event is an opportunity to give back and to support the J.C. Gibson Memorial Book Scholarship,” said Tasha Thomas, director for multicultural af fairs at Chesapeake College. Thomas stresses that books can be the difference in whether or not a student comes to school or not.
The highlight of the luncheon was a lecture by Professor Dale Glenwood Green. Green is from the Eastern Shore and currently is the assistant professor of architecture and historic preservation at Morgan State University. In addition to being a professor at Morgan State, he is also an architect and partner of Sulton Campbell Britt & Associates.
His speech centered on the unsung heroes of today and of the past. He spoke in great detail about The Hill in Easton. Known as one of the oldest free African American settlements, The Hill was home to more than 400 free African Americans during the height of slavery in early America.
“It’s always an honor to celebrate with the young persons here today and to recognize all those unsung heroes, both living and those that have gone before us,” Green said. “I was especially honored to be here today.”
Following Green’s lecture, the scholarship awards were handed out to 11 young unsung heroes of the MidShore.
Dana Bowser and Tasha Thomas, both members of the Multicultural Advisor y Committee, together with Stephanie Aires, handed out the awards.
Recipients of the scholarships were Jerome Clarence Thomas of North Dorchester High School, Ma’Leah Nichols and Andrew Daly of Easton High School, Cloderson Charles and Erik Joseph of Colonel Richardson High School, Devin Lednum of St. Michaels High School, Sydney Kay and Javazyera Blake of Queen Anne’s County High School, Jamira Warner of Kent Island High School, and Mariah Sorrell and Aarion Fisher of North Caroline High School.
For more information about the J.C. Gibson Memorial Book Scholarship, visit www.chesapeake.edu/ students/multicultural-affairs-programs-initiatives.
Javazyera Blake from Queen Annes County High School accepts the J.C. Gibson Memorial Book Scholarship award on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the 17th annual Multicultural Advisory Committee community luncheon held at Chesapeake College.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Chesapeake College Multicultural Advisory Committee hosted the 17th annual community luncheon in the Caroline College Center. The ceremony began with a joyful dance performance by the Church of the Nazarene “Jesus Loves You” Dance Ministry.