May 9, 2018: Our BAC Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the following 2018 BAC Scholarship Awards will be presented to Jelonnie Smith and Ciara Bryant at the South Brunswick High School Awards’ Assembly on Tuesday, May 29 at 6:00 PM in the school’s main gym.
Jelonnie Smith is a Senior at South Brunswick High School who has earned a GPA of over 4.5 for her high-school career. Jelonnie will be attending Appalachian State University in the fall and plans to major in Visual Art and Graphic Design. During high school, she has been in the band program and this year was selected as the band’s drum major. She has taken visual art every year in high school and is currently in Advanced Placement Studio Art and both the National Art Honor Society and the National Honor Society. In addition, Jelonnie does volunteer work for For His Glory Ministry and serves in its outreach ministry, the youth choir, and the praise and worship team. She is the captain for her school’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams and hopes to continue her track career in college. In her sophomore year, Jelonnie was invited to represent the USA in track and field competition in Australia. In addition, Jelonnie has been recognized for many academic, athletic, and fine art awards in both band and visual art. Currently, Jelonnie is ranked #2 in the state of NC for the 300 meter dash and #8 in the state for the 55 meter dash. One of Jelonnie’s references described her as having a good nature and innate kindness to draw people to her, especially her teammates. Her personality is contagious. When someone can combine outstanding leadership traits, a desire to become even better, and superb athleticism, something special will be created. That is Jelonnie! Another reference found her to be so very well-rounded that she has so many “greatest strengths,” especially her determination to succeed at the highest level. Her desire to make a difference in the community and the world is already actively evident. She loves to be happy, which occurs when she can make a difference for others. Her humbleness and selflessness is something we could all learn from.
Ciara Bryant is a Senior at South Brunswick High School, who has earned a GPA of over 4.25 for her high-school career. Ciara will be attending Fayetteville State University in the fall and plans to major in Forensic Science and also continue to pursue dance. She has taken Honors Classes and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is also a varsity cheerleader and is captain of the school’s Dance Team and was chosen as an All-American Dancer for 2017-2018, track and field team, marching band, and lacrosse team. Ciara has won several awards and trophies for dance competitions, such as bringing the dance team to win first place for the past 3 years. She has also taught cheerleading at her school for the JV Cheer Team and choreographs dances in dance class. As a member of the Delta Sorority in Wilmington, she has volunteered at nursing homes and also participates in community service at her school by cleaning up both at the school and after football and basketball games. She has also volunteered with the Brunswick County Special Olympics and the Dorothy Gilmore Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville. She is also active at the Piney Grove Church in Bolivia as its Sound technician. As a dance teacher at On My Toes Dance Studio in Southport, Ciara has choreographed hip hop classes, taught beginners jazz class, helped organize dance recitals, organized costumes, and created props for dance recitals. She has also worked as a cashier at Bojangles in Southport. Ciara believes that her volunteering is very important because her giving back through community service has helped her achieve her hopes and dreams. She attributes her success from all those in her community who have helped her get where she is today. Her selfless giving back is her way of showing her appreciation. One of her references stated that Ciara is a young lady that goes out of her way to help fellow students who might be struggling while striving for her own perfection that makes her the epitome of a teacher’s dream. Another reference described Ciara has a proven positive role model and outstanding student leader, who is respected by everyone. Her work ethics and positive attitude are impeccable.
2017 Intercultural Festival Best of Show Winner: Jadyn Gavrillis is from Shallotte Middle School and winner of Best in Show at the 2017 Intercultural Festival.