Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege hon­ors high school ‘un­sung he­roes’

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DENAE SPIERING dspier­ing@ches­pub.com

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 af­fairs 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 Mid-Shore.

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.

PHOTOS BY DENAE SPIERING

Mariah Sor­rell from North Caroline High School ac­cepts his J.C. Gib­son Memo­rial Book Schol­ar­ship award on Satur­day, Feb. 4, at the 17th an­nual Mul­ti­cul­tural Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee com­mu­nity lun­cheon held at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

Aar­ion Fisher North Caroline High School ac­cepts his J.C. Gib­son Memo­rial Book Schol­ar­ship award on Satur­day, Feb. 4, at the 17th an­nual Mul­ti­cul­tural Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee com­mu­nity lun­cheon held at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

Cloder­son Charles Colonel Richard­son High School ac­cepts his J.C. Gib­son Memo­rial Book Schol­ar­ship award on Satur­day, Feb. 4, at the 17th an­nual Mul­ti­cul­tural Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee com­mu­nity lun­cheon held at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

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