The Martin Luther King Observance Day Association Inc. honored scholarship winners Shanteria Hugue, James Berrigan, Maya Wallace, Paula Small, and Jenny Walker at the 2014 MLK Memorial Scholarship Awards Program held last Friday.
The program opened in Savannah State University’s student union ballroom, with the singing of the Negro National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Chairwoman, Brenda McMillin and SSU’s MLK Education Committee member, Brian Dawsey, spoke before the scholarship recipients read their award winning essays.
“I am really excited about the opportunity” said Shanteria Hugue, who is a dual enrolled senior at Johnson High School. Her essay talked about the progression of Martin Luther King’s dream with his legacy. “It’s shining a light into the tunnel of darkness known as time” she wrote. Hugue is a member of the Student Leadership Program and National Honors Program. She plans to attend Georgia State University and major in marketing.
James Berrigan, senior at Savannah Arts Academy, wrote in his essay that “discrimination is lessened with each generation” and that we must still work to achieve Dr. King’s goal. He is a chess team captain, member of the student council, and on the quiz bowl team. Berrigan plans on attending University of Notre Dame, where he will major in history before going on to law school.
Maya Wallace’s essay stated “we are all one race, the human race.” She went on to describe the hardships and discrimination she faced being Asian. “Each individual should be judged based off character not physical traits”. Wallace is a senior at Savannah Arts Academy. She is a member of the National Honors Society, Music Society, and Armstrong’s Chamber Orchestra.
She wants to become a physician and follow in her mother’s footsteps of providing medical help in Central America.
Following the essay readings, was a musical selection by Second Arnold Baptist Church member, Melody Perkins, and remarks by President Carolyn Blackshear. Although scholarships were given to the five high school students, everyone in attendance was awarded with witnessing Dr. King’s dream reach so many young people of different races.