The scholarships went to Allison Clements, daughter of Sheri and Michael Clements; Isaiah Orlando Perry, son of Leyonda and Jeffrey Perry; Aaron Jackson, son of Brenda and Andy Jackson; Camden Brant Parks, son of Sandy Odom and Perry Parks Jr.; and James Eldridge Jones, son of Russell and Lori Clements Jones.
Clements graduated this year from Roanoke Rapids High School and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to obtain a bachelors in nursing so she can pursue a career as a labor and delivery nurse.
Her quotation for BARC was, “Being a nurse is indeed challenging and also requires a lot of dedication. Nurses have the ability to change a person’s life on a daily basis.”
Perry, who graduated from KIPP Gaston College Prep this year, plans on attending Elizabeth City State University and major in music with a concentration in performance. His career goal is to become a music teacher and touring artist.
His quotation for BARC was, “I would like to use my musical talents and abilities to make something of myself, strengthen the Roanoke Valley and close the achievement gap.”
Jackson, who was not in attendance, graduated from RRHS this year and plans to attend Cape Fear Community College and then transfer to UNC-Wilmington where he plans to obtain a bachelors to become a sports trainer.
His quotation for BARC was, “I have played all four years with the Roanoke Rapids High School Baseball team and this year will bring a close to my baseball career and hopefully open the door to a career as a sports trainer.”
Parks, who was not in attendance, graduated RRHS this year and plans on attending East Carolina University to obtain a bachelors in engineering. His career goal is to become an industrial engineer.
His quotation for BARC was, “Keeping my feet planted firmly on the ground and utilizing everything gained while in high school will give me the courage to begin a new chapter. The educational experience that I will gather at ECU will help mold me into a better member of society as well as a career individual.”
Jones graduated RRHS this year and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he plans to study music composition for a career as a composer.
His quotation for BARC was, “My future path is to head to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a school well known for its music program on an international level. It would not only be an honor to be sponsored by the city I live in, but it would be a great help with my first year of college expenses.”
The mayor sings to his daughter.
Mayor honors daughter
In another special recognition this evening, Mayor Emery Doughtie recognized his daughter, Lauren, for the help she gives him in his duties as mayor, helping him with his schedule and reminding him of appointments. “She’s a very dedicated servant to me.”
As her birthday is 33rd birthday is Wednesday, Doughtie read a proclamation to his daughter proclaiming June 13 as Lauren Doughtie Day.
The mayor then led those attending the meeting in singing Happy Birthday to her.