Special to Iredell Free News
Iredell Crosby Scholars celebrated the Class of 2023 on Tuesday, April 25. More than 300 people gathered at the Statesville Civic Center to honor the seniors who completed the program.
Guest speaker Israel Suarez talked to the students about saying yes to opportunities and shared his story of making connections. He talked about how Crosby Scholars was and still is a part of his journey. He invited graduates to reach out to him as they build their networks.
This year 242 students completed the program. The Class of 2023 volunteered 12,578 hours of time during their years in the Crosby Scholars program. Almost 3,000 hours were spent in workshops and 1,000 hours in advising. These are remarkable achievements considering how much the pandemic affected this group.
Board members presented seniors with a graduation cord during the program. Ninety-one seniors earned an Executive Director’s Award. They received a $50 gift card for completing the program from sixth through 12th grade.
Scholarship and Awards
Board and staff members announced winners of more than $27,000 in scholarships:
Board of Directors Award ($250)
• Angelina Vargas
• Shakayla Lewis
• Shreya Sridher
• Annabel Wheeler
• Kenya Williams
• Breanna Gutierrez
• Elena Webb
• Jaikan Blankinship
• Zaira Beck
• Devon Caldwell
• Elleigh Williams
Mooresville Rescue Squad Scholarship ($1,000)
• Drina Shah
• Alana Driver
• Laney Hall
• Piper Lucas
• Julia Kalinina
North Iredell Opportunity Scholarship ($1,000)
• Kaylee Greer
• Eva Austin
• Lainey Thompson
Joyce Kohfeldt Determination Award
• Valentina Celi $1,000
• Ansleigh Lane $1,000
• Sindhu Gadiraju $500
Goodwill Willpower Scholarship ($1,500)
• Anthony Zeigler
Goodwill Art Gibel Scholarship ($1,000)
• Yajat Govardhan
Art Gibel Community Builder Scholarship ($1,000)
• Rafael Bonamigo Valls
Crosby Scholars Impact Scholarship ($500)
• Yajat Govardhan
• Kirkland Eater
Mitchell Community College Crosby Scholarship ($7,500 for two years)
• Trinity Webb
Community College Book Scholarship ($500)
• Grace Blackwelder
• Lily Darr
Grandparent’s Day Scholarship ($1,000)
• Dmitri McPherson
Crosby Scholars would like to thank Mitchell Community College; Goodwill of Northwest Industries of North Carolina; the Mooresville Rescue Squad; and Joyce Kohfeldt, a long-time supporter who we recently lost. These groups and individuals have funded scholarships and we appreciate their support. Thanks to Noah Baldwin and Chester Jones for their photography. Our appreciation to Cossundra Floyd Balloons, Gatherings Catering, and the Statesville Civic Center for making the event special for everyone.
Crosby Scholars in Iredell County is a free program for public school middle and high school students. For more information, visit www.crosbyscholarsiredell.org.
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Congrats to the graduating class of 2023. All the hours you put in, and the honors you received, are inspiring to the younger kids coming up in the program. My daughter is one of them. Thank you Crosby Scholars for these opportunities for our youth.
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