ELIZABETHTOWN — Scholarships in the amount of $6,600 were awarded at the Bladen County Training School-Bladen Central High School Alumni Association’s 36th annual Awards Banquet at the Paul Brown Building on Sept. 8.
Sidney McKeithan and Zaria Humphrey received the Judge Vince Rozier Jr. Scholarship.
Michael Wax, Brittany McMillan and Brittany Hollis received the Paul R. Brown Scholarship. Wax also received the North Carolina Black County Commissioners Scholarship.
Anubis Wells received both the James & Dollie Andrews and the Class of 1968’s scholarships.
Summer Hankinson, Shonita Hayes and Aaron Neal received the Ottis Graham Scholarship.
In addition to the scholarships, awards were presented to Gary Rhoda for communith service, Col. Carl Lloyd for service to youth and the Rev. Louie Boykin for spiritual leadership.
Kelva Autry-Jones, introduced by her daughter Kaliyah, was the speaker for the event. She shared experiences from her time teaching school in the United Arab Emirates and China. Autry-Jones told those gathered about the diversity she experienced, and how it is more than demographics of a group of people.
She thanked the alumni for helping to plant a seed through their scholarship that helped her and her children to experience those opportunities. Autry-Jones was presented an award commemorating her guest speaker apperance at the evening’s conclusion.
Minnie Price served as mistress of ceremonies. Others taking part in the program included the Paul Brown Leadership Academy Color Guard, Vince Rozier, Dorothy McKoy, Catherine Autry, the Rev. Roland McKoy, Jean Thornton and Nettie Cromartie. Musical entertainment was provided by the Rev. Ronald Highsmith.
Honored during the annual awards banquet of he Bladen County Training School-Bladen Central High School Alumni Association were (front, from left) Aaron Neal, Shonita Hayes, Brittany McMillan, Michael Wax, (back row, from left) Gary Rhoda, Kelva Autry-Jones and Arthur Bullock for Rev. Louie Boykins and Col. Carl Lloyd.