Category Archives: ECScholars

Thomas Ashley Vaughan

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Thomas Vaughan

 

Forecasting leadership

The chance to expand his leadership skills, as well as a prestigious scholarship, is bringing Ridgecroft School graduate Thomas Ashley Vaughan to East Carolina University in August.

The Murfreesboro teen is one of 15 this year to earn the top undergraduate scholarship at ECU, the EC Scholars award.

Vaughan was valedictorian at Ridgecroft and is the son of Keith and Elaine Vaughan. His mother is a 1985 graduate of ECU. In high school, he has been active in student government and the Science Olympiad. He’s received awards in science, pre-calculus and English, among others.

Vaughan plans to major in applied atmospheric science at ECU. Following college he hopes to go to graduate school obtain a master’s degree in meteorology and work for the National Weather Service. He said he’s looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends at ECU.

ECU bills itself as the “leadership university,” and under Chancellor Steve Ballard has begun and expanded numerous leadership training programs for students, faculty and staff. The leadership opportunities offered by being an E.C. Scholar added to ECU’s appeal, Vaughan said.

“To me, being an E.C. Scholar means that I will serve as a role model for my fellow Pirates through involvement with community service projects, engagement in undergraduate research, contributions as a campus leader both academically and socially, and participation in a study abroad experience,” Vaughan said.

The service component is important not only to the university but also to the scholars. “I am looking forward to collaborating with the other E.C. Scholars to make a positive impact on East Carolina University and the surrounding communities,” Vaughan said.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Doug Boyd, ECU News Services

 

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Mansi Trivedi

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Mansi Trivedi

 

Ready to explore at ECU

Mansi Trivedi says she’s ready to learn about the world at East Carolina University

Trivedi, of Cary, is a graduate of Raleigh Charter High School and the daughter of Chetana and Jay Trivedi. She will enter ECU in the fall as an EC Scholar — the university’s top undergraduate scholarship.

“I’m really excited and ready to get to college,” she said. “I’m not only going to know why things are as they are but how they apply to the world.”

In high school, Trivedi has been class president all four years, competed in the Science Olympiad and tutored students in math and biology.

Outside of school, she has been an active volunteer and participated in Girls State and the Triangle Gujurati Association Youth Group, winning awards in both organizations.

Trivedi plans to major in biology and chemistry at ECU. After college, she hopes to go to medical school and received an “early assurance” admission to medical school at ECU. That means if she meets certain academic requirements she will be admitted to medical school at ECU after college graduation without having to compete with other applicants or take the Medical College Admission Test, a five-hour examination of writing, science and reasoning skills.

“I want to do further research in reproductive medicine in particular regarding the effect the environment has on our reproductive health,” she said. “I hope to build a clinic specifically devoted to promoting women’s health in countries such as India.”

But first, she’s looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of being an E.C. Scholar. She’s also anticipating studying abroad, a part of the E.C. Scholars program.

“ECU’s focus on leadership did influence my decision to come to ECU,” she said. “In the world we live in, it is very important to have strong leadership skills and to be able to take responsibility of your own education and growth. I feel that through the programs ECU has to offer, I will be given the opportunity to develop the leadership skills I need to become a contributing citizen to not only our community but to our world.”

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Doug Boyd, ECU News Services

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Ashley Brenna Owens

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Brenna Owens

 

No longer just a spectator

Ashley Brenna Owens, born and raised in Greenville, was uncertain if she wanted to stay close to home for college. Her first visit to East Carolina University‘s campus made up her mind.

“I had always been a spectator in this college town but after I visited the school, I knew I needed to part of Pirate nation,” she said.

Owens will be one of 15 incoming freshman entering East Carolina University in August as an EC Scholar — the most prestigious academic scholarship the university offers.

“I was humbled that I had been singled out as an EC Scholar, and I didn’t feel like just another number at this school,” she said.

Her goal is to major in biochemistry in hopes of becoming a biomedical researcher. She wants to work closely with stem cell research.

Owens excelled at Greenville’s J.H. Rose High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior years; the Science Honor Society her sophomore, junior and senior years; the National English Honor Society her senior year; was recognized as an AP Scholar with Honor her junior year; and was named an N.C. Scholar Athlete her freshman year.

Owens also served as president of Alpha Beta, a math honor society that enabled her to participate in Math Across Greenville. Through this field trip, she and fellow classmates traveled to different schools and led elementary school students in math reviews and activities.

Owens has a record of community involvement in high school. She was a volunteer for the Wilson Medical Center her sophomore year, the Wilson County Association of Retarded Citizens her freshman year, and during her final year in high school.

Owens was away at N.C. Governor’s School last summer, so she is looking forward to a summer in Greenville. She plans on becoming more involved in her church by teaching a weekly bible class and plans trips to the beach and mountains with her family before beginning her duties as a pirate in the fall.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Rachel Castro, ECU News Services

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Shayna Mooney

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Shayna Mooney

 

Passionate about helping others

Shayna Mooney has the next several years of her life mapped out.

Mooney, of Greenville, will attend East Carolina University through the school’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship, the East Carolina Scholars program. She plans to major in biology and neuroscience and minor in international studies.

But that’s not all. Mooney also has been accepted into the early assurance program at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. That means if she meets certain academic requirements she will be admitted to medical school at ECU after college graduation without having to compete with other applicants or take the Medical College Admission Test, a five-hour examination of writing, science and reasoning skills.

“Being able to know you have a spot reserved in medical school … is a stress reliever, and I can explore other disciplines I want to in college,” Mooney said.

Mooney is the daughter of Dr. Nick and Duhita Mooney. Her honors, awards and organizational participation and leadership at South Central High School take up two printed sheets of paper and include a first place award at the science Olympiad, the highest overall grade-point average in the Pitt County Health Sciences Academy and the N.C. Board of Education Outstanding State Leader.

Last June, she was elected to the eight-member National Executive Council of Health Occupations Students of America.

Her aim is to become a primary care physician and said Brody is “the perfect fit for me because they have one of the best primary care programs in the country.”

Mooney also said she loves science and has been pursuing that subject during the past year by working in the laboratory of Dr. David Tulis, an associate professor of physiology at the Brody School of Medicine. She quickly gained an understanding of theories and processes such that she’s listed as a co-author on several works including a scientific manuscript being submitted for review.

“She’s awesome,” Tulis said. “This next year as an ECU freshman, Shayna will face many challenges, yet I have full confidence that she will tackle those challenges and will succeed.”

Mooney is looking forward to starting college, meeting new people and studying with her classmates. She’s also anticipating the service opportunities her scholarship will bring.

“I have a big heart, and I’m passionate about helping others,” Mooney said. “Also, I love science. That’s my favorite subject in school, specifically biology.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Doug Boyd, ECU News Services

 

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Dakota Johnson

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Dakota Johnson

 

Future leader in medicine

Dakota Johnson grew up with dreams of attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but after visiting East Carolina, changed his mind.

“All of the students and faculty were courteous and down to earth…ECU stood out to me and felt like home,” he said.

Johnson looks forward to meeting even more new people and is excited about being a part of Pirate nation. “ECU is the most friendly college I’ve been to and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Johnson, of Gastonia, will be one of 15 incoming freshman entering East Carolina University in August as an EC Scholar — the most prestigious academic scholarship the university offers.

Johnson plans to major in biology and has been accepted into the Brody School of Medicine as an early assurance recipient with hopes of becoming a medical doctor. To prepare for a future in medicine, Johnson had an internship with his local hospital for one year.

Johnson has a record of being a leader within his high school and his community. For two years, he has held the role of class secretary and has served on the National Air Force Youth Teen Council. During high school, he raised $1,400 to go on a mission trip to Jamaica.

He has been recognized as a National Scholar Athlete every year for his academic accomplishments as well as his success in baseball and basketball. He was awarded as an AP Scholar with Honors his junior year and honored with membership into the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. His junior year, Johnson was awarded with the United States Air Force Youth of the Year award as the accomplished son of two N.C. Air National Guards.

This summer, Johnson looks forward to spending as much time with friends and family as he can. He also plans on volunteering at Camp Sertoma, a six-week summer camp for mentally handicapped citizens, for the fifth consecutive summer before taking his leadership skills to ECU in the fall.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Rachel Castro, ECU News Services

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Jessica Jewell

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Jessica Jewell

 

Bound for communications

Jessica Jewell always has been passionate about service.

She worked last summer as a camp counselor for at-risk children. She is drawn to working with children and other teenagers in difficult situations.

“I am blessed to live in a wonderful community with parents who have always pushed me to maximize my potential, so I see it as my duty to do all I can to share my talents with others through service,” said Jewell, who is the daughter of Gary and Rhonda Jewell of Clayton.

East Carolina University’s motto “to serve” was a motivating factor in her decision to attend. Being able to study abroad was another huge attraction in being an EC Scholar.

And she won’t be the only alumni in her family. Her father received his bachelor’s in business administration from ECU in 1972. “He couldn’t be more excited to see me in purple and gold,” she said.

She is looking forward to entering ECU’s communications program, with an interest in broadcast journalism. She loves to write and will intern this summer at her hometown newspaper, The Clayton News-Star, where she has worked before. She recently wrote a story about her school, Clayton High School, winning $10,000 in a lip-syncing contest.

Jewell, ranked second in her class of 473, was a nominee for the Centennial Scholarship and a finalist for the Park Scholarship at North Carolina State University, and was a Morehead-Cain Scholarship nominee and semi-finalist at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She also received a substantial scholarship offer from New York University.

“But coming to Greenville and walking around ECU’s campus felt like home,” Jewell said. “I felt like I was where I was supposed to be.”

She was co-captain this year of her varsity cheerleading squad and a member each year of high school. She cheered three years with the Clayton Shockers, a competitive year round cheerleading travel team. She held leadership positions in the National Honor Society, Student Government Association and Interact and served on the Johnston County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. And she had perfect attendance throughout high school, a goal she set after missing elementary and middle school sporadically as she struggled to keep her diabetes under control.

“I have learned a lot about being an effective leader,” Jewell said. “Leadership isn’t always being the person in charge, calling all the shots. Leadership is using your talents to set an example for others to follow, whether you’re the star athlete or you’re sitting on the bench. Being a leader is about making the right choices when you think no one is watching.”

She will enjoy her time at home this summer, exercising and hanging out with friends, before entering ECU this fall, just in time for football season.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

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Clare M. Howerton

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Clare Howerton


Headed for healing

A summer internship led Clare M. Howerton to her career goal: healing.

She shadowed a physician specializing in ear, nose and throat disorders. “I enjoyed meeting all the people who worked in the hospital,” she said, “but I especially loved watching him do surgeries. Since then, I’ve wanted to find a career in the medical field.”

Howerton, of Smithfield, will be one of 15 incoming freshmen entering East Carolina University in August as EC Scholars — the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.

She plans to major in biochemistry at ECU, with hopes of attending medical school after graduation.

Howerton studied at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham from 2009 to 2011. While there she helped edit the yearbook; interned in communications; worked part-time as a cafeteria server and a teacher assistant; and participated in varsity cross country, varsity swimming, Teen Democrats, Environmental Club and Dance Ensemble.

From 2007 to 2009, she attended Smithfield Selma Senior High School in Smithfield, where she excelled in both academics and community outreach. She volunteered with the Johnston County Domestic Violence program, working with children in families touched by domestic violence. She organized a neighborhood food drive to benefit the local women’s shelter, was active in American Red Cross blood drives and volunteered at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Honors Howerton received while at Smithfield Selma Senior High include the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award and selection among the top three finalists in the Donald Hayman Rotary Against Drugs Speech Contest. She participated in the Science Club, Drama Club, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), Yearbook Club, Winter Guard, cross country and varsity swimming.

She attended Duke University’s Talent Identification Program weekend, which focused on medicine in America, as well as summer program on neuroscience at the University of Georgia.

Howerton will enter ECU well-prepared for college study. Last summer, she studied advanced anatomy in courses offered by Appalachian State University. This summer, Howerton will work full-time and take classes in a certified nursing assistant program and in basic life support for healthcare providers.

She is the daughter of Tom and Joy Howerton of Smithfield.

About the EC Scholars program:

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

Joy Manning Holster, ECU News Services


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William Tyler Hayden

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Tyler Hayden
(Photo by Catoctin Photography, Hamilton, Va.)

 

Determined to make a difference

William Tyler Hayden has a direct goal in life: He wants to make a difference in the lives of others.

“Every day, I try to do something that will better myself…and rub off onto other people,” he said. “I hope to make a positive influence in their lives.”

Hayden, of Leesburg, Va., will be one of 15 incoming freshmen entering East Carolina University in August as EC Scholars — the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.

At ECU, Hayden plans to major in either biology or biochemistry, with goals of pursuing a career in dentistry. He chose ECU from among several universities where he was accepted, in part because of the EC Scholar Program. “I believe this program will create numerous opportunities for me, help me meet influential people and build a future in Greenville,” he said.

Other reasons for selecting ECU are more personal. “I have grown up hearing about ECU from my father, Bruce Hayden, who attended the university. I have always been a Pirate football fan and the spirit at the university is second to none,” he said.

Hayden excelled as both a leader and a scholar at Loudon County High School. He credits his determination to be a better person for his accomplishments.

In leadership roles for the DECA business and marketing student organization, Hayden worked to increase the club’s membership and coordinated efforts to raise funds for charities such as American Diabetes Association and the Salvation Army. Under his direction, the club raised more than $15,000 for Relay for Life and $6,000 for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure breast cancer foundation.

Hayden served as president of the DECA club during his junior and senior years and as vice president his sophomore year. He participated in the organization’s competitions, open to the DECA’s 185,000 high school division members, and placed first at the district and national levels.

He was honored in high school by regular selection for the academic honor roll; membership in the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society; the Outstanding Spanish Student of the Year Award given in his freshman year; and the Outstanding Marketing Student of the Year Awards presented in his freshman, sophomore and junior years.

Hayden plans a summer filled with work, sports activities and travel. He is particularly looking forward to an excursion to Belize and a vacation at the North Carolina Outer Banks before his initiation as a full-fledged Pirate this fall.

Hayden is the son of Bruce and Kathy Hayden of Leesburg.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Joy Manning Holster, ECU News Services

 

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Kali Harrison

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Kali Harrison

Headed for nursing

Kali Harrison will be doing her usual activities this summer: babysitting, checking out customers at Food Lion, reading and hanging out with friends near the water.

She is looking forward to some new things too.

After graduation, she takes her first-ever cruise to the Caribbean with her aunt and uncle. This fall, she’ll enter East Carolina University as an EC Scholar, move into Garrett Dorm and room with one of her best friends, Lauren Kelly, who will be an Honors College student.

“I’m really looking forward to all the people I get to meet, and I’m really excited about ECU football, tailgating and social events,” said Harrison, who lives in Davidson with parents Jennifer and Scott Harrison and brother, Kyle.

Her mind was set on ECU after visiting campus. “I just like the feel,” Harrison said. “Everyone is so friendly and outgoing.”

Her father works with several ECU alumni, who are happy she will become a Pirate.

Harrison plans on a nursing career, although she has considered medical school too. She volunteered last summer at Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she saw nurses interact and get to know their patients. “I want that personal connection with patients,” said Harrison, who hopes to volunteer at Pitt County Memorial Hospital while she is a student.

She is in the top 15 percent of her 450-member graduating class at Lake Norman High School, where she has played soccer, served on student council and the prom committee and been a member of the National Honors Society and Beta Club.

She also has been captain of her travel soccer team, which meant almost daily practices and year round weekend games in towns from Pennsylvania to Florida. The team even traveled to Germany and Denmark to play her sophomore year. “We’re pretty close. They’re my other family,” Harrison said.

She is an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Cove Church and has been a speaker and youth leader at Chrysalis, a teen Christian retreat.

When she comes to ECU, she’ll bring her outgoing personality and leadership skills, developed through her participation in many extracurricular, community and volunteer activities.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

 

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Joshua Griffin

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Joshua Griffin
(Photo by Cliff Hollis)

A leader in service

The opportunity to be an EC Scholar drew Joshua Griffin to East Carolina University as opposed to other schools he considered.

ECU’s welcoming faculty was another factor, he said.

“I knew many of the professors and students at ECU because I have done campus tours and met with engineering groups, and everyone I met was so accommodating.”

Griffin, the son of Richard and Regina Griffin of Greenville, will be one of 15 incoming freshman entering East Carolina University in August as an EC Scholar — the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.

Griffin plans on studying biology in order to become an interventional radiologist.  He was chosen as one of 15 Pitt County high school seniors who participated in a year-long Honors Medicine course that included attending weekly seminars and conducting research with the assistance of a faculty mentor during this past academic year at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.

He was ranked 3rd in his class  at D.H. Conley High School and represented the school in the Hugh O’Brian Leadership program. He was a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, Career and Technical Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction.

Griffin worked closely with the Health Occupational Students of America, a health sciences club and with the Health Science Academy. He volunteered to raise money for his high school club, Close up, and also raised money so that his classmate and friend could attend the weeklong field trip to Washington, D.C. He also raised money for the Ronald McDonald House and was honored with the Presidential Volunteer Service award.

This summer Griffin plans on participating in Indian summer, a camp in the western part of the state where participants enjoy traditional American Indian activities such as craft making, beadwork and dance. He also looks forward to a trip to Florida before joining his fellow EC Scholars at ECU in the fall.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Rachel Castro, ECU News Services

 

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Georganna Lynn Gower: A step ahead

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Georganna Gower


Georganna Lynn Gower says she knows what hard work and motivation can do.

“I have learned that nothing in life comes easily,” she said. “To be the best, you have to be willing to work hard.”

Gower, of Dunn, will be one of 15 incoming freshmen entering East Carolina University in August as EC Scholars — the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.

She plans to major in exercise physiology, and then enter ECU’s physical therapy program.

She has achieved a lot already — as evidenced by her record at Triton High School.

Among those leadership positions are Gower’s role as class president her freshman, sophomore and junior years; three years on the Harnett County Schools Student-Superintendent Advisory Council; and selection in her junior year to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Program and the North Carolina Governor’s School East. She represented her church at the United Methodist Church’s Annual Conference Session, voting on resolutions presented by Methodist youth; served with the Triton Juniorettes, a high school club focused on community service and leadership; and volunteered to help special needs students at the Very Special Arts Festival.

Gower received a number of honors while in high school, including the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Eastern Carolina AAA All-Conference Award in Women’s tennis, the N.C. High School Athletic Association Academic All Conference, National Senior Beta Club, Outstanding Achievement Award – Spanish III and the 2011 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award.

Gower applied to only one university – East Carolina.

“It helps that I love the campus so much but I also believe that ECU has the best physical therapy program in the state. It’s a win-win situation,” Gower said.

“Both of my parents attended East Carolina so I’ve grown up with purple blood running through my veins,” she said. Her Pirate parents are Al and Kathy Gower of Dunn.

Gower enters ECU a step ahead. This summer, she is completing a certified nursing assistant license, with plans to work as a CNA with a home health agency, while also job shadowing physical therapists to learn more about the field.

About the EC Scholars program:

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

Joy Manning Holster, ECU News Services

 

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Destiny DeHart: Drawn to art therapy

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Destiny DeHart

 

Destiny DeHart wants to combine her love of art and helping people into a career of art therapy. At White Oak High School in Jacksonville she was a member of the National Honor Society, served as National Art Society president, and participated in the marching band.

At East Carolina University, Destiny plans to double major in psychology and art. She attended 2010 Governors School West for art and has been recognized with several awards, including an All County Art award last year.

DeHart will be one of 15 incoming freshmen entering the university in August as EC Scholars — the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.

Because of her school’s connection to ECU, DeHart already knew about the School of Art & Design’s offerings before she applied for admission. “My art program takes a field trip there every semester,” she said. “So I’ve been going to ECU for all four years of high school, a lot of my family has gone to ECU, and several of my school staff went to ECU.”

“The reason I wanted to go to ECU is the art program,” she said. “I like art therapy because of the impact that it can have on an entire community like in Philadelphia there’s a mural project. By getting the community involved in a mural, you can get them to feel better about that community and connect them.”

She added it’s a way to work with youth in need, as well. “Children are more likely to talk about their feelings through art,” she said.

DeHart said she is ready to jump into the existing community art programs at ECU, such as painting murals on old buildings. “Getting involved in that will be fantastic,” she said.

But she doesn’t plan to spend every semester in Greenville.

“As an EC Scholar, I get to travel abroad for a semester or summer. Getting to go somewhere and have an impact on that culture or them have an impact on me is exciting,” she said.

DeHart has already traveled a great deal, including trips to Spain, Morocco, Germany, France, England and Scotland (twice).

“My family used to be in the military, so we had that travel mentality,” she said. “My father did contract work for the military overseas so we traveled to see him, and then my aunt took me on a trip. We just like to travel and have that experience.”

And her favorite trip so far? “It’s hard to choose just one. The cultures were so different and great in different ways. I liked Scotland a lot because I don’t have a language barrier there and how proud the people were of their culture and their castles. I would really like to visit Mexico and see more of Spain,” she said.

Her parents are Suellen Greer of Jacksonville and David DeHart of Jacksonville, Fla.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Jeannine Manning Hutson, ECU News Services

 

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Lindsay Caddell: Focused on service

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Lindsay Caddell

Lindsay Caddell will immerse herself in the Miami heat for a week this summer, working with her Ben Salem Presbyterian Church youth group doing whatever needs to be done.

She will stay in a local church and work in local communities during the mission trip, one of several she has made as a teenager.

After Hurricane Katrina, her Moore County church youth group worked in a small Mississippi town to replace roofs and repair water-damaged homes.

Service is important to Caddell and something she upholds as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Union Pines High School, where she has excelled in softball, track and in the classroom. From cleaning her school’s courtyard to walking in Relay for Life or donating her hair to cancer patients, she’ll bring that spirit to ECU this fall as an EC Scholar.

“I know it sounds cliché, but I look forward to meeting new people, meeting new friends and a feeling of independence,” said Caddell, 18, who is the daughter of Bryan and Janet Caddell of West End. “I look forward to a different way of learning new things.”

Caddell described her first guided tour as “the X factor” in deciding to go to ECU. “There was just something about the campus. It was a gut feeling. It has a big campus feel but small enough to not feel overwhelming. I knew I would feel comfortable here,” she said.

When she interviewed for the EC Scholars program, she had the same sense from the people she met. “Everyone was very real, very down to earth,” Caddell said.

She is ranked first in her class of 263 and is winding down a senior year filled with advanced placement and honors courses in English literature, government, science and math. She attended NC Governor’s School last year for natural science.

Caddell wants to be a nurse, a decision that goes back five years with the birth of her cousin, Zachary, who was premature with complications. He spent weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit and the nurses there took the time to answer questions and get to know the family as well as Zachary. “It inspired me to be that person for someone else, to help ease those fears,” Caddell said.

She has been job shadowing at her local hospital this year and looks forward to applying to ECU’s College of Nursing.

She will be spending time with family and close friends this summer, riding horses and taking an annual family vacation to Ocean Isle Beach before heading to Greenville. A cousin just finished her freshman year at ECU, so Caddell is looking forward to seeing her more often.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

 

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Payton Burnette: Ready for the stage

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Payton Burnette

Payton Burnette sees herself on the stage, telling stories for her audience.

“I’ve always been into theatre since I was really young. It ties in the dance and singing that I’ve really enjoyed since I was young and it gives me a chance to influence an audience through important stories and to express my own emotions,” she said.

Burnette of Asheboro will be one of 15 incoming freshmen entering East Carolina University in August as EC Scholars — the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.

She plans to pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre and she has already been accepted into that program.

At Asheboro High School Burnette has been active in the Student Council, Park Street Players’ Drama Club, National Honors Society and Interact.

During her high school career, Burnette was on stage for eight “main stage” and eight children’s theatre productions and worked behind-the-scenes for several others. She was named to the N.C. All-State Chorus each year of her high school career through the National Music Educators Association.

She has also been active in her church, Sunset Avenue Church of God, where she sang lead vocals for seven years in the youth band, sang in the adult choir, worked as assistant choreographer for the drama team and served as church children’s minister.

During high school, she took part in two mission trips to West Virginia and New York City and has volunteered with Asheboro Habitat for Humanity and with “Serve Asheboro,” her church’s outreach ministry.

Burnette said she’s excited to move into the honors dorm at ECU and be surrounded by other students excited about their field of study, whatever it may be.

“I’m really looking forward to being in the musical theatre department and being in the honors dorm,” Burnette said. “Coming from a really small town, you don’t really get to be around a lot of people at school with the same goals.”

She is the daughter of Michael and Tracy Burnette of Asheboro.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Jeannine Manning Hutson, ECU News Services

 

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Ryan Baucom: Aiming for a medical career

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Ryan Baucom


Ryan Baucom’s sights are set on medical school and he plans to major at ECU in biochemistry because of his interest in math and science. At Central Academy of Technology & Arts in Monroe, Union County’s magnet high school, he was in the medical science academy, one of six academies in the school.

Baucom of Marshville will be one of 15 incoming freshmen entering East Carolina University in August as EC Scholars — the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.

“I decided to come to ECU for financial and academic reasons,” he said. “I was accepted at UNC-Chapel Hill and ECU but was offered admittance into the Honors College at East Carolina. With the tuition scholarship as well as my interest in the college, I decided to enroll at ECU.”

In high school, Baucom has been active since his freshman year in Health Occupations Students of America attending regional and state conferences, where he received first place in the regional conference medical math competition in 2010. He was also Beta Club president for three years and student body treasurer during his senior year.

“Out of all my activities during high school, the one I have enjoyed the most would probably be Student Council,” he said. A member of the Student Council since his freshman year, Baucom has held an executive office for the past two years.

“I enjoy Student Council because it allows me to plan special events for my school that students will enjoy. We also fund raise in order to buy the senior gift and plan all of the school dances. It is gratifying when I see all of my hard work pay off in a successful school event,” Baucom said.

When he arrives at ECU, Baucom said he’s looking forward to being in a college atmosphere and meeting the other EC Scholars and Honor College students.

“I hope to spend a lot of time in the new recreation building and I have a particular interest in the ECU bass fishing team,” he said. “I am very excited about becoming an ECU pirate.”

He is the son of Wayne and Nikki Baucom of Marshville.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community and multiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

– Jeannine Manning Hutson, ECU News Services

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