Nineteen students from Durham’s 10 public and private schools were honored last Wednesday night at the Durham Sports Club’s annual Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet.
Each school is asked to nominate its top female and male scholar-athlete for a chance at four foundation scholarships (two $500 and two $1,000) named after former Durham Sports Club president Harold Strawbridge of Strawbridge Studios and for longtime members’ Mildred and Raymond Barnes.
N.C. Central men’s basketball coach LeVelle Moton was the guest speaker. Moton presented another emotional and riveting speech of growing up in the tough Roxbury projects of Boston, where young men weren’t expected to reach their 21st birthday, before he moved to the equally tough Raleigh’s Housing projects.
“If you want to be successful in life, there are three things you should do,” Moton told the honorees. “First, make up your bed every single day; second, take out your trash every single day; and third, wash the dishes every single day.
“The reason is the same discipline it takes to do those things is the same discipline that’s going to be required to be successful.”
Also returning to give the seniors a few words of wisdom were last year’s top scholarship winners and N.C. School of Science and Math graduates’ Anne Kelley and Jin Kang. Kelley enrolled at MIT, while Kang is at UNC Chapel Hill.
“The transition can be tough if you’re not playing sports in college,” Kang said. “I felt like something was missing. I had a lot of energy and time that I didn’t know what to do with. Find something to fill that void. Remember what sports gave you: best friends, discipline, a muscular physique.”
After being turned down by MIT’s track and field hockey coaches to join their teams, Kelley found herself taking up a new sport – rowing crew.
“I got to play sports as a Division I varsity athlete. If you want to keep competing, you’ll find a way,” she said.
Durham Academy’s Dana Williams and Jordan High’s William Morganlander each received a $500 Strawbridge scholarship. Millicent Blivins of Jordan was awarded the Mildred Barnes $1,000 scholarship. And Asher Yueh of the Durham School of Arts received the Strawbridge $1,000 award.
Cresset Christian Academy
Maggie Addison: 4.0 GPA, 4.8 weighted; High Point University
Dana Williams: 4.16 weighted, Bowdoin
Spencer Hallyburton: 4.11 weighted, Harvard
Durham School of the Arts
Mia Kaplan: 3.75 GPA, 4.56 weighted
Asher Yueh: 3.86 GPA, 4.67 weighted, Emory
Hillside High School
Sydney Brown: 3.94 GPA, 4.94 weighted, Elon
Timothy Mangum: 3.5 GPA, 4.2 weighted, Campbell
Jordan High School
Millicent Blivin: 3.91 GPA, 4.79 weighted, N.C. State
William Morganlander: 3.93 GPA, 4.93 weighted, Notre Dame
N.C. Science & Math
McKenna Reed: 4.38 weighted, will travel abroad to Spain
Jacob Vosburgh: 5.35 weighted, UNC
Northern High School
Bianca Decatur: 3.75 GPA, 5.1 weighted, Virginia
Ricky Council: 3.5 GPA, 3.8 weighted, undecided
Riverside High School
Hannah Glisson: 3.96 GPA, 5.18 weighted, Virginia Tech
Cameron McNeill: 3.98 GPA, 5.2 weighted, UNC
Southern High School
Diamond Nowell: 3.93 GPA, 4.76 weighted, UNC Charlotte
Amari Hamilton: 3.5 GPA, 4.1 weighted, N.C. A&T
Emily Sarratt: 3.48 GPA, 3.8 weighted, Louisville
Xavier Idriss: 3.84 GPA, 4.65 weighted, Vanderbilt