“Dreams are lovely, but they are just dreams, fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It is hard work that makes things happen. It is hard work that creates change.”

– Shonda Rhimes


Roscoe Hood

Roscoe C. “RC” Hood, III
Myers Park High School
Parents: Roscoe C. Hood, Jr, and Kathleen A. Hood
A/B Honor Roll, 3.58 G.P.A., AP Calculus, Honors English, Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, American History, Track & Field, Architecture-Construction-Engineering Mentoring Program, Lifeguard, Harris YMCA (3 years)
Plans: Attend UNCC or NC State University, Major in Civil Engineering Technology

Dillon Spicer

Dillon Cole Spicer
Hickory Ridge High School
Parents: Antonio Spicer, Nicole Worthy
Grandparents: Herbert Spicer, Jr. and Jessie Spicer
2nd Place, MPA 2017
Plans: Attend Central Piedmont Community College and later decide whether to pursue a 4 year degree in Information Security or attend a trade school or seek an apprenticeship.

Arayah Sanders

Arayah Sunshine Sanders
Northwest School of the Arts-Charlotte
Parents: Russell Sanders and Tosha Moore
Grandmother: Judith Cowan
Art Honor Society, Silver Key Award, Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition, Scholarship Participant, INC School of the Arts Summer Intensive Program, A/B Honor Roll (4 years)
Plans: UNCC to pursue Bachelor Of Arts in Fine Arts with focus on Visual Arts


Morgan Abria Watkins
Stewart Creek High School
Parents : Ulysses Watkins, III and Shatona Minot
Grandparents: Elder Ulysses Watkins Jr. and Deacon Diane Watkins
Morgan plans to attend Central Piedmont Community College(CPCC) . Her focus of study will be Business, as she plans to open her own business as a part of her future.


Kelsey Wardlaw

Kelsey Holland Wardlaw
Parents: Kevin and Janyce Wardlaw
Spelman College, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, Minor in Music, Cum Laude
Sigma Delta Pi National Spanish Honor Society, Carter Center Intern, Thomas R. Pinckney Fellowship Finalist, Study Abroad and Teaching Experience in Spain, Dominican Republic, and Chile


Channing Edwards

Channing Merritt Edwards
Parents: Ray and Cheryl Merritt
Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Master of Business Administration (MBA), 4.0 G.P.A.