Greensville County High School recently held its annual senior awards ceremony to congratulate the class of 2014 and to bestow scholarships and awards to those seniors having earned distinction during the 2013-2014 school year. Master of Ceremonies and soon to be graduate of GCHS, Jameel Adams, began the evening’s events by introducing and welcoming his fellow classmates to the evening’s festivities. Several students from the graduating class of 2014 were honored during the joyous but somewhat emotional ceremony.
Mrs. Sarah Poarch, GCHS culinary arts instructor, was the first to present a scholarship in memory of her daughter, Ann Louise Poarch. She began by reminding this year’s graduates that their futures are completely in their own hands. She said, “Where you go from here is entirely up to you. I challenge you to take advantage of every opportunity life offers.” Five seniors received the Ann Louise Poarch Memorial Scholarship—Avery Allen, Kortni Ivey, Aaron Marable, Matthew Jones, and Sabra Davis. Each was awarded $500.
Emily Pope and Ashley Walker each received the Amanda J. Edwards Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $250.
In an emotional speech to the class of 2014 while naming the recipient of a scholarship in honor of her daughter, Kimberly Swenson said, “Continue to use your talents. Make a positive impact on the world.” Aaron Marable was the recipient of the Avery Drew Swenson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
Drexel Pierce, Jr. presented Donnell Sykes with a $100 scholarship from the Greensville County 4-H Club.
Kortni Ivey and Jameel Adams were each the recipient of the SVRMC Auxiliary Julian and Mattie Hughes Watson Memorial Scholarship. They each received $500.
Retired teacher, Glenn Pair, Sr., returned to GCHS to award D’jsha Daniels and Janae Adams each with a $300 scholarship on behalf of the Greensville County Retired Teachers Association.
Sharebra Doyle received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award in the amount of $500.
Stephen Russo presented four students, Aiysha Edwards, Kayla Arrington, Janae Adams, and D’jsha Daniels, each with a $500 scholarship on behalf of Georgia Pacific Wood and Fiber Division and Emporia Mill.
Mayci Clements and Emily Pope fought back tears as they each accepted the Heather Danielle Seal Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $250.
Sharebra Doyle was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Lawrenceville Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Mrs. Florence Hampton awarded Jamel Adams and Taylo Harrison each the Rev. Dr. Dennis Hampton Memorial Scholarship, in memory of her late husband. Each recipient received $500.
Sierra Mitchell was awarded a $500 scholarship from Mecklenburg Electric.
Jasmine Jones received a $300 scholarship from the Pride of Emporia Chapter 137 Order of Eastern Star (P.H.A.).
Jameel Adams received the Marcus 6’9” Clark Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $300.
The Riparian Woman’s Club awarded Janae Adams with a $500 scholarship.
D’jsha Daniels and Matthew Jones were each recognized for their commitment to join the United States Army.
Sierra Mitchell received the National Scholar Award from the United States Army in the amount of $35,532.
Shanice Mason was awarded a $250 scholarship on behalf of the Upsilon Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Matthew Jones received the Vilage View/Merle Vassar award in the amount of $500.
Youth and Family Services of Virginia awarded LaQuana Sledge with a $500 scholarship.
Mrs. Helena Johnson-Henson, guidance counselor at Greensville County High School was proud to award Taylor Givens with the Marcia Mitchell Memorial scholarship in the amount of $250. She also presented Janae Adams, Jameel Adams, and Nathan Allen with the Brown-Smith Memorial scholarship. Janae received $70; Jameel received $60, and Nathan received $130.
Janae Adams also received a $1000 scholarship from the Comcast Foundation.
Catherine Chatmon was the recipient of the Eagle Challenge in the amount of $500.
Emily Pope was presented with a $500 scholarship on behalf of the Emporia Rotary Club. The Emporia Rotary Club also awarded Aaron Marable and Kortni Ivey each with $1000 scholarships.
LaQuana Sledge, Shanice Mason, Marion Gilliam, Bréonna Harrison, and Taylor Givens each received $300 on behalf of the EGCCA.
Emily Pope received $700 from the Brink Ruritan Club.
The night concluded with each senior being awarded a certificate to recognize their accomplishments and plans after completing high school. A reception to honor the graduates followed the ceremony. Refreshments were prepared by Sarah Poarch and students from the culinary arts class at GCHS.