Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 Scholarship winners

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The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is glad to announce Gray Fandel of Independence High School, Susanna Schoeck of Covenant Day School and Jazmyne Joins of Rocky River High School as the 2019 Chamber College Scholarship Program recipients. The three graduating seniors will receive $1,000 towards the cost of college tuition, textbooks, fees or any additional associated cost. The College Scholarship Program is made possible by the support of Mint Hill chamber members, the business community and the success of its annual Golf Classic.

“The scholarships are awarded to high school seniors residing within Mint Hill who demonstrate excellence in their academics, community service and leadership abilities,” said Tara Goodfellow, officer of the Chambers’executive board and member of the selection committee. “Every year I am greatly encouraged by the amazing effort these students put forth to have a positive impact on our community.”

Gray Fandel will be attending Appalachian State University in the fall semester. “In addition to a stellar academic record, Grey has performed in over 20 theatre productions, received a national award in sculpture, committed over 400 hours to local service as well as 450 hours of international service, swam for four years on the Independence High School swim team and is currently an Eagle Scout” said Goodfellow on Grey’s senior year achievements.

Susanna Schoeck will be attending Louisiana State University in the fall semester. Regarding Susanna’s achievements, Tara Goodfellow mentions “her extraordinary academic and extracurricular record. Along with maintaining a 4.6 weighted grade point average she also co-founded the Covenant Day School Math Club, launched the Juniors to Seniors program providing a service opportunity to students by having them help retired citizens learn how to utilize technology and has taken part in multiple sports at her school including swimming, soccer and cross country.”

Jazmyne Joins will be attending the University of North Carolina Greensboro in the fall semester. Paige McKinney, who selected this years third scholarship recipient and serves as the Chamber’s executive director mentioned how “Jazmyne has shown excellence in her school academics and extracurriculars while still displaying outstanding leadership ability. She was able to successfully balance school responsibilities with work responsibilities while employed by one of our Chamber member businesses, Chick-fil-A Albemarle Road. Even with those outside responsibilities, Jazmyne had the commitment and care to greatly contribute to the Chamber by volunteering at multiple local events benefiting her community and helping the chamber work towards its objectives.” Jazmyne was also apart of the Chamber of Commerce Junior Ambassador program launched by current Executive Director Paige McKinney in 2017 “

One of my passions is working with the future leaders of our community, empowering them to continue their education and achieve great things within their community. In providing these scholarships I hope it sets them up for success on their journey and for many years to come” said Paige McKinney regarding the continued success of the scholarship program.

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