Since 2016, Crosby Scholars Rowan has hosted an annual Senior Gala to celebrate its graduates and announce students’ post-secondary plans. Like many events this spring, the Crosby Gala was canceled due to COVID-19. However, the staff came up with other ways to honor graduates.
“One of the special aspects of the annual Senior Gala is having the honor of revealing the names of our scholarship recipients,” Crosby Scholars Executive Director Jessica Vess said.
Local donors and community partners have provided more than $16,000 in scholarships that were to be announced this year to Crosby Scholars seniors.
Staff, board members and scholarship donors participated in a three-day scholarship parade across Rowan County to surprise students at their homes with the news. From Cleveland to Spencer, and Salisbury to China Grove, a caravan of vehicles decorated in Crosby Scholars car magnets traveled 150 miles to award 25 scholarships to students from seven county high schools.
The 2020 Crosby Scholars scholarship recipients are:
Paul Fisher Scholarship: Mario Garrido-Lecca (ERHS)
Sue P. Fisher Community Service Scholarship: Mahogany Koontz (RCEC)
Goodwill Willpower Scholarship: Thomas Bost (JCHS)
Joyce Kohfeldt Determination Award: Grace Hodge (WRHS), Lilly Huebner (RCEC), Alyssa Lopez (SHS), Victoria Post (JCHS)
John A. Carter Memorial Scholarship: Tyler Johnson (ERHS),
Runners-up: Morgan Coble (ERHS), Elise Bost (JCHS)
John O. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship: Grace Webb (WRHS),
Runner-up: Sarah Grooms (RCEC)
Antonio and Victoria Munoz Scholarship: Marlin Quintero (SHS), Jennifer Morales-Mendoza (SHS), Sebastian Bodine (ERHS)
Bob Casmus Medical/Healthcare Scholarship: CeCe Williams (RCEC)
Michael McDuffie Memorial Scholarship: Sebastian Bodine (ERHS), Victoria Post (JCHS), Jailene Trejo-Garcia (SHS), Kayla Sechler (SRHS), Lizbeth Lopez (NRHS), Grace Hodge (WRHS)
David Post Public Service Scholarship: Taron Lilly (RCEC),
Runners-up: Savannah Pless (JCHS), Morgan Coble (ERHS)