Rotary scholarships announced

Published 5:58 pm Saturday, June 4, 2011

Eight students from the city’s four high schools have been awarded scholarships from the Suffolk Rotary Club.


Rotary Charities Committee chairman George Y. Birdsong announced the scholarships this week. A boy and a girl from each school — King’s Fork, Lakeland and Nansemond River high schools andNansemond-Suffolk Academy — were selected.

Rathmond M. Collins IV will graduate from King’s Fork High School and attend the University of Virginia. He earned a grade point average of 4.03 during his time at King’s Fork. Collins has participated in the forensics team, Beta Club, varsity wrestling team and Key Club, as well as volunteering for organizations including the American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army. He also has held a part-time job at Chick-fil-A since last year and served as the guitarist at his church, Higher Dimensions Family Outreach Center.


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Caitlin Page will attend James Madison University after her graduation from King’s Fork High School. She has earned a grade point average of 3.83. Page has been involved in the all-city high school chorus, Beta Club, Key Club and Drama Club and played soccer and cross-country. She is an active member at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church, and has been on the youth worship team, coached at Victory Soccer Camp, taught at Vacation Bible School, volunteered as a nursery worker and participated in a mission trip to Cherokee, N.C.


Robert M. Estienne attends Lakeland High School and will attend Virginia Tech. He is graduating as the salutatorian with a grade point average of 4.45. He played varsity volleyball and soccer, participated in Beta Club, Club Earth and Lakeland Future Farmers of America, and was a four-year Academic Letterman. He has participated in the youth group and mission trips at Holy Neck Christian Church and volunteered at the Vacation Bible School there. He has been involved with the Food for America Agricultural Awareness Project and Future Farmers of America Adopt-a-Highway project.


Shannon Harris will attend Old Dominion University after her graduation from Lakeland High School.She has earned a grade point average of 4.43 at Lakeland. She has been an Academic Letterman, Student Council association president, Beta Club president and secretary of the Anchor Club. She volunteers by assisting the investigative staff at the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.


Kelsey Marisa Davis is graduating from Nansemond River High School and will attend the University of Virginia. She amassed a grade point average of 4.46. Davis participated on the varisty swim team, junior varsity soccer team, Girls’ State and Beta Club. She was named a People to People ambassador and Washington Crossing Foundation Scholar and received the University of Virginia Jefferson Book Award. She volunteers at the Friendship Veterinary Hospital and at Lake Prince Woods and is active in her church youth group and Girl Scouts.


Rashawn L. McKinney will attend Old Dominion University after graduating from Nansemond River High School. He earned a 3.4 grade point average. He participated in Boys’ State, Senior Counsel, Beta Club and the Suffolk Youth Symposium. He served as a youth judge at Suffolk’s 2010 National Night Out. He is a graduate of Suffolk Neighborhood College and served on the Suffolk Youth Advisory Council, where he helped organize the Increase the Peace fashion show. He also is active at First Baptist Church Denbigh, where he assists in the audio/visual ministry.


Natasha Koduri will attend the University of Virginia after graduating from Nansemond-Suffolk Academy with a 99.41 academic average. During high school, she participated in varsity field hockey, National Honor Society, Judicial Council, Operation Smile Club, SAD Club and more. She volunteered with Western Tidewater Free Clinic, SYAA field hockey, the school library and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.


Bracey Hong Parr is attending Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain, after graduating as the valedictorian of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy with a 102.9 academic average. He played track, tennis, volleyball and cross-country during high school and earned honors such as a National Honor Society member, National Merit Finalist, AP scholar, the Ann S. Powell and Walter F. Story Scholarship in U.S. History, Headmaster’s List and a Furman Scholar. He was the editor-in-chief of “Spectrum,” a yearly school literary publication, founder and co-president of Glee Club, and a music leader at Suffolk Christian Church.