Bartlett Yancey holds award ceremony

Left: Dr. Barbara Buchanan stands with BYHS senior Alexis Paugh and BY principal JoAnna Gwynn at the Tuesday, May 21, award ceremony. Paugh received her associate degree while still attending high school.

Bartlett Yancey High School held its annual award ceremony Tuesday evening, May 21, in the school’s gymnasium. Approximately 130 students from all grade levels were presented with either scholarships or academic awards.

BYHS principal JoAnna Gwynn opened the ceremony by welcoming guests, school board members, scholarship presenters and the school staff and faculty members.

“Students will be presented with scholarships and awards for their particular attention to their own academics throughout their high school career,” she explained. “For seniors who are receiving scholarships this evening and moving on to colleges and universities of your choice, good luck to you and best wishes in your endeavors.”

After her introduction, Gwynn presented several scholarships for various amounts and in response students received cheers and around of a pause from peers, parents, and staff.

A handful of students were surprised at the amount of scholarship money was they received.

One student received a scholarship that can be renew while in college.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Aubrey Lee Brooks Foundation, it is my pleasure to recognize Anyia Muldrow, as the Aubrey Lee Brooks scholar beginning the 2019-2020 school year,” Gwynn said. “This scholarship will provide the student with $12,000 in the first year and can be renewed for an additional three years.”

“Funding is also available to support Brooks scholars that want study abroad, work internship programs or conduct research under faculty supervision,” she continued. “It is my pleasure to present Anyia Muldrow with the Audrey Lee Brooks scholarship.”

Peers and guests cheered and applauded as Muldrow walked to receive her award and shake Gwynn’s hand.

Throughout the evening more scholarships were awards and several students received academic awards.

Three students received scholarships from the Angel Wings for TJ. His mother Maria Henderson spoke to students about the importance of this scholarship. Her son would have graduated this year but passed in 2017.

“I decided to start this scholarship this year because he would have graduated with the class of 2019,” Henderson said. “He loved to go to school, sing and dance. He loved family trips and was always the first to decorate for the holidays. We want to honor his legacy by giving students of BY, a financial opportunity to succeed in their education. Ta'Niya Stephens, Kaleb Stephens, and Navia Foster were selected to receive money from the scholarship.

As the students approached Henderson emotions and the audience and students stood and applauded the mother for honoring her son through his classmates.

Senior Alexis Paugh attended Piedmont Community College earning her associate degree. Paugh was presented her degree during the ceremony. She is the first student to graduate college as a high school student.

Once all scholarships were presented to seniors, academic awards were given out. A total of $141,522.22 in scholarship money.

The following seniors were given academic awards:

  • Navia Foster, Senior Fine Arts Award
  • Kristopher Lynn, Senior Physical Education Award
  • Cassidy Millner, Senior English Award
  • Alexandria Haigh, Senior Math Award
  • Cassidy Millner, Senior Science Award
  • Anyia Muldrow, Senior Social Studies Award
  • Kaleb Stephens, Senior Foreign Language Award
  • Briana Oakley, Senior Business Education Award
  • Camryn Sheppard, Senior Family and Consumer Science Award
  • Kaleigh Grafton, Senior Agriculture Award,
  • Jonathan Bowden, Senior Trade and Industrial Award
  • Ja'Liyah Stokes, Senior Health Science Award
  • Jalen Fearrington, Senior Marketing Education Award

The evening concluded with congratulations to students and wishing seniors the best of luck in the future. BYHS will hold its graduation on Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m.