Students honored for community service

Published 9:50 pm Saturday, April 7, 2018

Students from multiple grade levels involved in community service efforts were honored with scholarships at the third annual C. Faye Tillery Youth Volunteer Scholarship luncheon.

There were eight high school honorees, one middle school honoree and one elementary school honoree for the luncheon. Two students were in attendance that were honorable mentions.

The scholarship is in honor of the late C. Faye Tillery, a beloved Suffolk Parks and Recreation employee. Tillery spent her years investing in young people. She worked to help them stay active by organizing basketball and softball games at places like Birdsong Recreation Center and Peanut Park.


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Tillery died in 1998 from a battle with cervical cancer, but her family has allowed her legacy and generosity to live on in the scholarship.

The top three high school honorees — Hayley Adams, Trinity Woodson and Isaac Morrison — have all been accepted into colleges.

Adams, a junior at Suffolk Christian, has already been accepted into Averett University, and she will attend in the fall of 2019. Adams does a majority of her community service with the youth at her church, Western Branch Baptist Church. She was the first-place winner for the scholarship.

Woodson, a senior at Lakeland, was accepted at all seven colleges she applied to, and she decided to attend Hampton University to pursue a degree in political science. Woodson also works with the youth as a camp counselor, and she also volunteers time in various Bon Secours medical programs. Woodson was the second-place winner.

Morrison, a senior at Churchland High School, hasn’t made a final college choice, but he is debating between University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Most of Morrison’s community service is done with the Out of Darkness Walk in Virginia Beach. He began participating after his grandfather died by suicide in 2009. Morrison was the third-place winner.

Ethan Voight, Caitlyn Russell and Ambria Williams also won scholarships. Jacob Hatcher and Margaret Copeland were honorable mentions.

Allison Wilson, an eighth-grade student at Churchland Middle School, was the only middle school honoree for the scholarship. She does a majority of her service at her church, Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Portsmouth.

Casey Russell, a student at Kilby Shores, was the only honoree from elementary school. Russell hopes to one day be able to donate money to those in need, but for now she does community service with her church, Saint Paul’s Baptist Church.

Vonda Holman-Carter, Tillery’s niece and creator of the scholarship, was amazed by every student that she awarded a scholarship.

“It is important for me to continue to offer the scholarship. The students of Hampton Roads are exceptional.  The work they are doing in the classroom clearly equals what they are doing in the community,” Holman-Carter said. “My goal is to work with my family to enhance the amount that we offer. I’m just grateful to be able to sponsor something positive in my aunt’s memory.”