Scholarships, awards presented at banquet

ELIZABETHTOWN — A total of $6,000 in scholarships was awarded at The Bladen County Training School-Bladen Central High School Alumni Association’s 35th annual awards banquet, held on Sept. 9 at the Paul R. Brown Building in Elizabethtown.

The program began with the posting of the colors by the Paul Brown Leadership Academy’s Color Guard and the pledge led by Roland McKoy. Mistress of Ceremonies Minnie Price called on the Rev. Vince Rozier for an invocation. President Dorothy McKoy welcomed the group and gave an update. Catherine Autry gave a necrology report. Entertainment for the evening was provided by “Chosen Voices” of Elizabethtown.

After dinner, Delores Wade introduced Maurice Williams, the keynote speaker. Williams is president of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and owner-operator of Whimsical Florist and Gifts of Elizabethtown .Williams spoke on the importance of supporting local businesses. He told how it benefited both the business owners, consumers and the local economy when we shop and do business locally.

The following students were awarded scholarships: Bethany Lesane, Stanari Ballard and Shamia Johnson received Paul R. Brown scholarships; Makayla Killens and Caitlin Bell received the Joseph and Lubertha Rozier Scholarships; Jaedyn Jones, Aiyahna Nishelle Edwards and Naya McKoy received the Ottis Graham Scholarships; Brittany Johnson received the James and Dollie Andrews Scholarship; and Michelle Page received the John L. Lucas Scholarship.

Awards were presented to the following: Williams received the Speakers Award; the Rev. John T. McKoy received the Ministers Award; Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor received the Service to Youth Award; and Jean M. Goree received the Service to the Alumni Award.

Helen Rogers won the raffled quilt that was made and donated by Jean M. Goree.

Officers and Advisory Board members were recognized by Hattie Gilliard; Helen Hollis and Nettie Cromartie recognized the classes. The class of 1963 was presented a certificate for having the most in attendance. President McKoy recognized and thanked all sponsors for their financial support. The night ended with the retirement of colors by the Paul Brown Leadership Academy’s color guard and benediction by Rev. McKoy.