Baker scholarship awardedPublished 8:22pm Saturday, August 30, 2014
The Lynell Oliver Baker Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to two female graduates in the Suffolk Public Schools. Each girl received $2,000 paid directly to her university.
Logan Reid of Lakeland High School and Cassidy Feldt of Nansemond River High School are the recipients for 2014.
Logan Reid, an honor graduate, has excelled academically, while serving as captain of the basketball, volleyball and tennis teams in her senior year, earning all-district awards in soccer and volleyball at Lakeland High School. She played varsity basketball for two years, varsity volleyball for two years and varsity tennis for four years. She was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Honor Society, the Student Council Association (SCA), and the Future Business Leaders of America Club. Logan was Senior Class Treasurer. At her church she participated in the youth choir, praise dance team and was a worship leader. She volunteered at the Salvation Army and for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Basketball game. Logan is attending Virginia Union University and plans to become a pediatrician.
Cassidy Feldt, also an honor graduate, played varsity soccer for four years, serving as captain. She swam on the swim team for four years and played varsity volleyball for three years at Nansemond River High School. She received Honorable Mention in Ironclad Conference Volleyball for 2013-2014. A Scholar Athlete for four years, she also was a member of the River Rowdies, Future Educators of America, and Teacher Cadets. Cassidy volunteered with the Suffolk Children’s Center and the Beech Grove United Methodist Church’s Easter Egg Mission for four years. She is attending Everett University with the goal of becoming an occupational therapist.
The Lynell Oliver Baker Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to outstanding female graduates of the Suffolk Public Schools for exceptional achievement in five areas: athletics, academics, school activities, church and community activities, and a 500-word essay that expresses goals, family support and financial need.
Lynell, a 1989 Suffolk High School honor graduate, was planning to attend Campbell College. She died July 9, 1989, after suffering head trauma as a result of a fall from a horse. Her parents, Robert Baker and Mrs. Linda Drummond, and friends and family established the scholarship in her memory to recognize outstanding female graduates in the Suffolk Public Schools who, like Lynell, are compassionate leaders in their school and community. Forty-one young women have been recognized since 1990.
Tax-deductible contributions to the scholarship fund may be made to: Lynell Oliver Baker Memorial Scholarship, care of Mrs. Paige Hill, 309 Bosley Ave., Suffolk, VA 23434. Applications for the 2014 scholarship will be available by Dec. 1, 2014, at each Suffolk public high school.