Students receive honors

Published 6:34 pm Thursday, June 23, 2011

Home care company awards scholarships

Gentle Touch Home Care awarded three scholarships to local students on Saturday May 21, 2011.


The recipients were Felton Blow of Lakeland High School, Rashawn McKinney of Nansemond River High School and Yasmin Artis of King’s Fork High School. Beverly Britt, the owner of Gentle Touch Home Care, presented the awards to the recipients.


A member from each recipient’s family was asked to speak about the journey the student made in order to get to this point. The supporters of the students were also presented with awards in recognition of the hard work that it took to help the recipients meet this goal of graduation. All of the recipients have demonstrated their citizenship efforts through various community services.

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“The recipients of the scholarship embodied what the community and the world needs for a positive future,” stated a release from the company. “We were honored to be able to meet these young people and acknowledge them for their achievements.”

Suffolk Presbyterian Church awards scholarships

Suffolk Presbyterian Church recently awarded scholarships of $2,000 each to two Suffolk high school graduates: Yasmin B. Artis and Alexandra L. Ambrosino.

Artis, the daughter of Lessly Artis Jr. and Yasmin Artis, graduated from King’s Fork High School. She plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and study biology.

Ambrosino, daughter of Vincent and Debbie Ambrosino, graduated from Nansemond River High School. She plans to attend the College of William and Mary and study psychology.

Suffolk Presbyterian Church, located at 410 N. Broad St., administers the scholarships to serve Suffolk Public School graduates pursuing postsecondary education. The scholarship funds were established by the late Edith Volper Buttafoco in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. Volper, and by the late Violet Volper Pond in memory of her daughter, Brenda Beamon Willis. Each scholarship will be paid over two years to the recipient’s college.

Chowan University announces Dean’s List

Chowan University officially announced the Spring 2011 semester’s Dean’s List honorees last week.

Eight area students made the Dean’s List, indicating that they accomplished a grade point average between 3.25 and 3.79 for the semester. This distinction for full-time students will become part of their official record.

The honorees are, from Suffolk: Mindy Byrd, a senior business administration major; Derrick Debraux, a senior criminal justice major; Erica Jefferson, a sophomore physical education major; Ransheda Jennings, a senior physical education major; Amy Joyner, a senior physical education major; Katharine Kincade, a senior elementary education major; and Jasmine McDonald, a junior elementary education major. From Windsor: Michael Polhemus, a senior physical education major.