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East Suffolk Alumni Association awards scholarships

The East Suffolk High School Alumni Association Inc. awarded $7,000 in scholarships to six recent graduates from three Suffolk public schools and one private school. The ESHAA scholarships are funded by alumni, supporters and friends of East Suffolk Alumni, and the Joyce A. Artis Memorial Scholarships are funded through donations from the estate and supporters of the late Joyce A. Artis, who was a 1966 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School.

The following four students received the ESHSAA Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each:

James Mathias Bile’, a 2018 graduate from King’s Fork High School with a GPA of 3.1, received a $1,000 ESH Alumni Association scholarship to attend Old Dominion University. His field of study is criminal justice, and he is the son of Kenitra Ledbetter Bile’.

Madelyn G. Carr, a 2018 graduate of Lakeland High School with a GPA of 3.9, received a $1,000 ESH Alumni Association Scholarship to attend Longwood University. Her field of study is therapeutic recreation, and she is the daughter of Morris and Melissa Carr.

Dezmen Imani Howard, a 2018 graduate of Nansemond River High School with a GPA of 3.3, received a $1,000 ESH Alumni Association Scholarship to attend Winston-Salem State University. His field of study is computer science, and he is the son of Donna Askew.

Dominic Mercedes Claude, a 2018 graduate of The Boston Arts Academy, Boston, Mass., with a GPA of 4.7, received the $1,000 W.L. Turner Memorial Scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music. He is the son of Monet Ledbetter Claude.

The following two students received $1,500 from the Joyce A. Artis Memorial Scholarship Fund:

Janelle Keionna Mabry, a 2018 graduate of Nansemond River High School with a GPA of 4.4, received a $1,500 Joyce A. Artis Memorial Scholarship to attend Hampton University. Her field of study is electrical engineering, and she is the daughter of Travis and Michelle Mabry. She is the descendant of Michele Yolanda Wilson.

Myles S. Copeland, a 2018 graduate of King’s Fork High School with a GPA of 3.5, received a $1,500 Joyce A. Artis Memorial Scholarship to attend Norfolk State University. His field of study is nursing anesthetist, and he is the son of Bruce and Allison Ledbetter Copeland. He is the descendant of Miriam Sears.

Each of the six scholarship recipients demonstrated exceptional performance throughout their high school career, and they were judged in five categories — academic achievement, original essay, community service, extracurricular activities and financial need. The 2019 scholarship applications will be available in the schools’ guidance offices and the East Suffolk Recreation Center in February 2019.

Further information is available from the ESHSAA Scholarship Committee members: Priscilla Hyman-Benn, Carol Bemory-Diggs, Ella Porter Ward, Marion Bemory-Wright, and chairperson Mary Sebron-Steverson. Almeta Barnes-Smith is president of the organization.