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Club Honors 2020 Graduates at Salute to Seniors

July 26, 2020  (Lawnside, New Jersey) — Graduating high school seniors were honored Saturday at a virtual Lawnside Scholarship Club program that featured an address by Ray Fisher, stage and screen actor known for his role as the Cyborg in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. RayFisherSpeaks

The event was hosted by the NAACP Camden County East Youth Council on Facebook Live because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fisher empathized with the graduates telling them that he entered high school in 2001 after the attacks of September 11.

“The fact that you were able to get through this year should give you confidence, it should give you strength, it should give you a sense of courage that you will be able to handle just about anything else that life has to throw at you.”

He told the students to take stock of the pride and the beauty of Lawnside’s heritage as an African American self-governing community. He encouraged them to continue to fight for social justice and to go out and vote.

These are the recipients of the Lawnside Scholarship Club’s top awards for 2020:
Highest Average – Kennedy Banks, Haddon Heights High School, Florida State University
Second Highest Average – Veronica DeAbreu, Haddon Heights High School
Third Highest Average – Freideliz Perez, Haddon Heights High School, Rutgers University, Camden
Fourth Highest Average – Ava Wilson, Paul VI High School, Temple University
All will receive the Elizabeth Jones Academic Excellence Award because their averages exceed 93.

Community Award Recipients
Dwight and Yvonne Anderson Award – Rayonna Cooper, D’Layne Peterson
Lawnside PTA Awards for Unsung Heroes – Nyla Alston, Anthony Bland, Jr.
Edna Jay Sports Award – Te’Sean Pressley
Melody Moss Walcott Law Award – Veronica DeAbreu
Madge Mitchell Math Award – Ava Wilson
Edna Harper Service Award – Ariyon Bailey
Henry Long Memorial Award – Nyla Alston
Masjid Freehaven Model Citizen Award – Veronica DeAbreu
Raymond G. Davis, Jr. Memorial Award – Isayah Alston
Sonia Farmer Character Award – Tammy Nguyen
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wise Award – Tyrone Still
Dr. & Mrs. Cecil Still Award – Sillahmusu Kanu
I.R. & Anna J. Bryant Award – Freideliz Perez
Leon N. Williams Law Award – Te’Sean Pressley
Amos & Roxie Rogers Award – Tyrone Still
Bryson C. Armstead Award – Nadir Jefferson
Joy M. Harper Award – Janelle Martin
Rick Williams Health Services Award – Za’Myah Williams
Steven A. Israel Sports Awards – Tammy Nguyen, Unsung Hero;
      Te’Sean Pressley, Outstanding Athlete
Dorothea Carter Memorial Award – Lorenzo Flores
Drs. William & Flora Young Award – Kennedy Banks
Walter A. Gaines Natural Science Award – Veronica DeAbreu
Lawnside Scholarship Club Fine and Performing Arts Award – Nadir Jefferson
Curtis & Lula Moss Memorial Award – Janelle Martin
William Travis Creative Arts Award – Christopher Gilmore
Thomas A. Whitaker Award for Mechanical Advancement – Rayneal Wilson
Reach for the Stars Award – Anthony Bland, Jr.

Awards given at Haddon Heights High School Commencement, July 16 & 17
Helen Mae Henderson Nursing Award – Za’Myah Williams
Ephraim J. & Mary C. Still Award – D’Layne Peterson
Linese Miller Leadership Award – Ariyon Bailey

WhitakerZoomClosingSharon Whitaker, president of the Lawnside Scholarship Club, closed the program by thanking our donors and sponsors for their commitment to our students.

Send an email message to lsc@lawnsidescholarshipclub.org to request copies of the program booklet. Provide your name, address and the number of copies you would like. Review a copy here.

Club Gala Postponed to 2021; 2020 Salute to Seniors to be Rescheduled

May 3, 2020 (Lawnside, N.J.) — The Lawnside Scholarship Club’s 75th Anniversary Gala has been postponed from May 30 until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Club will announce a new date and plans for its Annual Salute to Graduating Seniors to honor the Class of 2020 some time this year. As in years past, graduates will be presented with Club scholarships and community awards worth more than $15,000 based on their grade point averages, career goals and accomplishments. Look for further announcements on this site and the Club’s Facebook page.

Graduating seniors are urged to complete this information form and submit a suitable photograph by May 15. It was emailed previously with a family advertisement form.

Club to Celebrate 75th Anniversary with Gala
Actor Ray Fisher to Give Keynote

March 9, 2020 (Lawnside, N.J.) — The Lawnside Scholarship Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a Gala and Salute to Graduating High School Seniors on Saturday, May 30 from 5–9 p.m. The evening will feature a special address from Lawnside native Ray Fisher, a stage and screen actor who shot to fame for his portrayal of Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, in the Warner Bros. films Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.rayfisher2

Tickets to the event at Paris Caterers, 281 Cross Keys Road, Berlin, New Jersey, are $75 for adults and $35 for youth, 12 and under. Philanthropist and Emmy Award-winning journalist Elleanor Jean Hendley will be the mistress of ceremonies.  The Philadelphia quartet Joyful Noise will play jazz, gospel and R&B music.

The Club has been awarding scholarships since 1945 to Lawnside students pursuing higher education and technical training. The first award of $50 went to a single student. Last year, the Club presented more than $15,000 from community groups and individuals to nearly 20 students with the highest averages, career interests, academic and athletic talents. This year’s theme is “Excellence Through Education.”

“This is a special year where we not only honor our graduates but past recipients who’ve distinguished themselves over 75 years,” said Sharon Whitaker, president of the Club. “We especially appreciate our Club’s founders and former members who held true to the mission of providing intellectual encouragement.”

Fisher is himself a graduate of Haddon Heights High School, and has appeared onstage as Muhammad Ali in the Off-Broadway production of Will Power’s “Fetch Clay, Make Man.” Although best known for his role as Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League,” Fisher can be seen most recently as Detective Henry Hays in the third season of HBO’s “True Detective” alongside Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali.

Club Awards $14,000 to 2018 High School Graduates

Members of the 2018 Graduating Class were honored at the Lawnside Scholarship Club’s Salute to Seniors at Tavistock Country Club, June 2, 2018. Photo by Thomas Hill

Four students who earned the highest averages lead the class of 2018 who were honored by the Lawnside Scholarship Club at its June 2 Jazz Brunch and Salute to Graduating Seniors.

The highest ranking student, all graduates of Haddon Heights High School, are:
Sydney Davis
Savon Taylor
Naim Sabir
Anaya Menoken

Elizabeth Jones Academic Excellence Award – for any student with a GPA of 93 or better, $1,000 – Sydney Davis
Lawnside Scholarship Club Creative & Performing Arts Award – student pursuing higher education and outstanding, well rounded, in the field of Music, $100 – Naim Sabir
Linese Miller Award – student showing outstanding leadership & initiative, $250 * – Sydney Davis
Reach for the Stars – Damier Corbin, Kenny Wright, Deontray Parham

COMMUNITY AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Dorothea Carter Memorial Award – student needing financial assistance for college, $500 – C’ani Lewis
Lawnside Parent Teacher Organization – two unsung heroes, one female and one male at $50 each.  Male – Muhammed Qadar; Female – C’ani Lewis
Dr. Theodore Johnson Award – excellence in attendance over four years, $300 – Jaylen Green
Dr.  & Mrs. William Young Award – student pursuing higher education with highest average in Social Science, $100 – Sydney Davis
Edna Jay Sports Award – student outstanding in sports, $100  – Jared Latane
Helen Mae Henderson Nursing Award – student entering health field, $50 * – Amanee Nuriddin-Lee
Madge Mitchell Math Award – student outstanding in math, $250 – Jaylen Green
Melody Moss Walcott Award – student entering law, $100  – C’ani Lewis
Amos and Roxie Rogers Memorial Award – student pursuing a career in cosmetology or barbering, If there is no student entering neither of these fields, then a student entering another vocation. $100 – Cyerra Bean
Ephraim J. & Mary C. Still Award – student showing most improvement in four years, $300* – Deontray Parham
Edna Harper Service Award – student displaying good citizenship/service, $150 – Richon Hightower
Joy M. Harper Award – student pursuing a degree in the field of Education, $100 – Anaya Menoken
Henry Long Memorial Award – student excelling in Computer Science, $200 – Niam Sabir
Masjid Freehaven Model Citizen Award – service-oriented student with spotless disciplinary record (not necessarily at top of class; exhibits highest moral character), $200 – Jaylen Green
Curtis and Lula Moss Activity Award – student who participated in the most school activities (no service points or academic standing to be considered), $50 – Sydney Davis
Raymond G. Davis, Jr. Memorial Award – student who perseveres to the end (not necessarily at top of class), $150 – Cyerra Bean
Magnificent Seven Award – student with best average in four years of English, $150 – Sydney Davis
Sonia Farmer Character Award – student displaying outstanding character, $500 – Richon Hightower
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wise Dependability Award – dependable student, punctuality traits, (not attendance) not necessarily with the highest average, $100 – Tyrese Wiggins
Dr. & Mrs. Cecil Still Chemistry Award – outstanding student entering science or medical field, $300  – Jaylen Green
Steve Israel Awards – student outstanding in sports, $500; unsung hero, $500
Sports: Jared Latane      Unsung Hero: Savon Taylor
I.R. & Anna J. Bryant Award – student outstanding in Accounting or Business, $100  – Jared Latane
Leon N. Williams Law Award – student pursuing a career in law, $100 – Manajah Harmon
Walter A. Gaines Natural Science Award – student pursuing higher education with highest average in Natural Science, $100 – Sydney Davis
Rick Williams Health Service Award – student pursuing a career in the field of Healthcare, $100 – Amanee Nuriddin-Lee
Dwight and Yvonne Anderson Award – Two students graduating with the most improved grades in their senior year, $100 each. – Franzira Lambert, Laurice Parham
William Travis Creative Arts Award – one student per year interested in Visual Arts, Theater Arts (acting or production), Dance and Music. $500 – Muhammed Qadar

Note: Awards with * are given at Haddon Heights High School commencement in June.

2018 Salute to Seniors Date Set for June 2

The Lawnside Scholarship Club will honor graduating high school seniors Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at Tavistock Country Club, Haddonfield. The Club has been awarding Lawnside residents scholarships since 1945 to provide intellectual encouragement.

This year’s theme is “Education is the Key.”

Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for students. Call 856-547-0502 or send email to lsc@lawnsidescholarshipclub.org. The Sonny Keaton Jazz Q-Tet will perform.

Graduating seniors attend free as guests of the club. Participating in and attending the Celebration as the Club’s guest makes them eligible for a book award and scholarships to attend colleges, universities or technical schools. Scholarships from community organizations and individuals are also presented.

2017 Graduates Receive Scholarships at Salute to Seniors

These awards were announced at the annual Awards Celebration on May 2017. Some are presented then; others are given at the Haddon Heights High School commencement in June. Students are chosen for these awards based on their expressed career interests, extra curricular activities and grade point averages. With one exception, there is no application form that must be completed for community awards below $750.

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Brooke Pressley, top scholarship recipient, with Dr. Ronn Johnson, Lawnside superintendent, and Borough Councilman Joseph Lee Photo by Elva Mitchell

Four top ranked students: Highest $2,000; Second, $1,500; Third, $1,250; Fourth $1,000

  1. Brooke Pressley, North Carolina A&T University
  2. Jaquan Solomon, Howard University
  3. Sione Jones, Spelman College
  4. Tariq Miller, Towson State University
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Jaquan Solomon addresses the brunch. He is bound for Howard University. Photo by Elva Mitchell

LSC Fine and Performing Arts Award – student pursuing higher education and entering the field of fine or performing Arts, $100 *- Dominique Corbin

Helen Mae Henderson Teaching Award – student entering teaching field, $250  – Aniyah Nuriddin-Lee

Linese Miller Award – student showing outstanding leadership & initiative, $250  –Brooke Pressley

Reach for the Stars – Amir Abdul-Jalil, Gianni Atkinson, Ronald Branham, Dominique Corbin, Siahni Still, $75 each

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Sione Jones is on her way to Spelman College. Photo by Elva Mitchell

Dorothea Carter Memorial Award – student needing financial assistance for college, $500 – Darius Lowery

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Tariq Miller with Superintendent Dr. Ronn Johnson and Councilman Joseph Lee Photo by Elva Mitchell

Lawnside Parent Teacher Organization – two unsung heroes, one female and one male at $50 each – Aniyah Nuriddin -Lee, Michael Roberts

Dr. Theodore Johnson – excellence in attendance over four years, $300 Students will receive $150 each. – Michael Roberts, Jaquan Solomon

Dr.  & Mrs. William Young Award– student pursuing higher education with highest average in Social Science, $100 – Brooke Pressley

Edna Jay Sports Award – student outstanding in sports, $100 – Sione Jones

Helen Mae Henderson Nursing Award – student entering health field, $50  –Ta’Ryah Davis-Jenkins

Madge Mitchell Math Award – student outstanding in math, $200 –Brooke Pressley

Melody Moss Walcott Award – student entering law, $100 – Donasia Quarles

Amos and Roxie Rogers Memorial Award – student pursuing a career in cosmetology or barbering, If there is no student entering neither of these fields, then a student entering another vocation. $100 – Sha’Qiye Thomas

Ephraim J. & Mary C. Still Award – student showing most improvement in four years, $300 – Siahni Still 

Edna Harper Service Award – student displaying good citizenship/service, $150 –Darius Lowery 

Joy M. Harper Award – student pursuing a degree in the field of Education, $100 – Aniyah Nuriddin-Lee 

Henry Long Memorial Award – student excelling in Computer Science, $200- Darius Lowery 

Masjid Freehaven Model Citizen Award – service-oriented student with spotless disciplinary record (not necessarily at top of class; exhibits highest moral character), $200 – Jaquan Solomon

Curtis and Lula Moss Activity Award – student who participated in the most school activities (no service points or academic standing to be considered), $50 –Brooke Pressley

Raymond G. Davis, Jr. Memorial Award – student who perseveres to the end (not necessarily at top of class), $150 – Marc Johnson

Magnificent Seven Award – student with best average in four years of English, $150 – Brooke Pressley

Sonia Farmer Character Award – student displaying outstanding character, $500 – Darius Lowery

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wise Dependability Award – dependable student, punctuality traits, (not attendance) not necessarily with the highest average, $100 – Jaquan Solomon

Dr. & Mrs. Cecil Still Chemistry Award – outstanding student entering science or medical field, $300 – Brooke Pressley

Steve Israel Awards – student outstanding in sports, $500; unsung hero, $500
Sports – Robert Tindley      Unsung Hero – Jaqaun Solomon

I.R. & Anna J. Bryant Award – student outstanding in Accounting & Business, $100 – Ta’Ryah Davis-Jenkins

Leon N. Williams Law Award – student pursuing a career in law, $100 – Donasia Quarles

Walter A. Gaines Natural Science Award- student pursuing higher education with highest average in Natural Science, $100 – Brooke Pressley

Eleanor F. Sexton / Bertha D. Upshaw Memorial Science Award – student graduating with a GPA of 3.0, participation in school activities, community service and pursuing a degree in any of the fields of study Computer Science, Health Science $1,000 – Brooke Pressley        

Eleanor F. Sexton / Bertha D. Upshaw Memorial Education Award – student graduating with a GPA of 3.0, participation in school activities, community service and pursuing a degree in any of the fields of study Education, Mathematics, Basic Science $1,000 – Darius Lowery

Bryson T. Armstead Award– student with determination, drive and pursuing higher education, has no more than five unexcused absents per year /four years of high school career /needed federal/state assistance lunch program during school years. $750 – Tariq Miller

Rick Williams Award- student graduating from high school and entering the Health services field, $100 – Tajae Little

 

Tickets on Sale for Jazz Brunch and Salute to Seniors Celebration

LAWNSIDE, N.J. (March 8, 2017)–The Lawnside Scholarship Club is selling tickets to its Annual Jazz Brunch and Salute to Graduating Seniors Awards Celebration Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11 a.m. at Tavistock Country Club, 100 Tavistock Lane, Haddonfield.
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The brunch features music by the Sonny Keaton Jazz Q-Tet and presentations to the highest ranking students from Lawnside graduating from high school. Individuals and community organizations, along with the Club, provide more than $14,000 in awards and scholarships.
Ticket sales are used to help fund theses awards.  Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children under 12.  Graduating seniors are guests of the Club.
Call Sharon Whitaker, President, 856-657-0502 or contact any Club member.
 2016 Scholarship Winners Honored by Lawnside Club
 LAWNSIDE, N.J. (June 11, 2016)–The Lawnside Scholarship Club presented members of the Class of 2016 with more than $14,000 in scholarships at its first Jazz Brunch  and Salute toe Graduating Seniors at Tavistock Country Club.
2016 LSC scholarship winners
Dr. Khayriyyah Chandler and her husband Brandon Chandler, a top scholarship recipient in 1999, were the mistress and master of ceremonies.
Winning students include Mia Dokes, Ala Streater and Christopher Burch.

Lawnside Club Announces 2015 Scholarships
LAWNSIDE, N.J. (June 15, 2015)–The Lawnside Scholarship Club announced more than $14,000 in scholarships to members of the 2015 graduating class at its annual Salute to Seniors at Haddon Heights High School June 6. The program honors residents of Lawnside graduating from public, privatmccoleman2e and parochial schools.

The Club’s theme for this its 70th anniversary year is “A Legacy of Achievers.”

Margaree Coleman Carter, associate dean for student life at Montclair State University. She is responsible for supervising the student life staff and co-curricular programs for 20,000 students at the university. She used the Old Testament verse Jeremiah 29:11, to encourage the graduates to be confident in their futures.

The verse reads: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”

The top students each received the Elizabeth Jones Award for Academic Excellence because their grade point averages were 93 or above. The students are: first, Dominique Ricks, Haddon Heights High School, who will attend Rutgers University; second:  Zainis Bob-Grey, Haddon Heights High School, Villanova University; third: Mawusimensah Mears, Sterling High School, attending Rider University; and fourth: Chayse McLaughlin, Paul VI High School, who will go to Drexel Unviersity.

Aaron Carree, Kwame Dokes, Aunyé Jones and Kyle Pierce won book awards from the Club.

Additionally, the following awards were announced.

Lawnside PTA – unsung heroes – Tyra Brown and Kwame Dokes

Dr. Theodore Johnson attendance – Kailah Johnson, Cassidy Calhoun, Aaron Scott and Dominique Ricks

Edna Jay Sports Award – Aunye Jones

Melody Moss Walcott Award – Mawusimensah Mears

Madge Mitchell Math Award – Dominique Ricks

Edna Harper Service Award – Kailah Johnson

Henry Long Memorial Award – Jeffrey Cross

Masjid Freehaven Model Citizen Award – Kailah Johnson

Raymond G. Davis, Jr. Memorial Award – Cassidy Calhoun

Reach for the Stars Award — Aaron Carree, Vance Scott, Maceo Shealey and Robert Williams

Sonia Farmer Award – Chayse McLaughlin

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wise Award – Kieran Mattis

Dr. & Mrs. Cecil Still Award – Ayanna Wright

I.R. & Anna J. Bryant Award – Zainis Bob-Grey

Leon N. Williams Law Award – Kyle Pierce

Amos & Roxie Rogers Award – Kieran Mattis

Eleanora F. Sexton & Bertha D. Upshaw Memorial Award – Jeffrey Cross

Eleanora F. Sexton & Bertha D. Upshaw Memorial Award – Dominique Ricks

Bryson C. Armstead Award – Aunyé Jones

Nancy & Ron Johnson Scholarship Award – Morgan Flowers-Simmons

Steve Israel Awards – Mawusimensah Mears, outstanding student athlete; Maiya Rawlinson, unsung hero

Dorothea Carter Memorial Award – Tyra Brown

Haddon Heights High School Commencement Awards

These awards will be presented during commencement exercises, June 19.

Helen Mae Henderson Nursing Award – Cassidy Calhoun

Helen Mae Henderson Teaching Award – Robert Williams

Ephraim J. & Mary C. Still Award – Kayla Sawyer

Drs. William & Flora Young Award – Dominique Ricks

Walter A. Gaines Natural Science Award – Zainis Bob-Grey

Lawnside Scholarship Club Music Award – Morgan Flowers-Simmons

Curtis & Lula Moss Memorial Award – Zainis Bob-Grey

Magnificent Seven Award – Dominique Ricks

Linese Miller Award – Kailah Johnson

The Club was founded in 1945 to provide scholarships for Lawnside residents pursuing higher education. It is a tax exempt, nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Club Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners
LAWNSIDE, N.J. (May 21, 2014)–The Lawnside Scholarship Club announced more than $15,000 in scholarships to members of the 2014 graduating class at its annual Salute to Seniors at Haddon Heights High School May 17. The annual program honors residents of Lawnside graduating from public, private and parochial schools.

The program’s theme was “Achievers of the Next Generation.” Siblings Richard and Terria Wright, alumni of Haddon Heights High School, advised the graduating seniors to make the most of relationships with schoolmates and professors in order to succeed. Richard, the 2012 graduate from Lawnside with the highest average, is entering his junior year at the University of Pittsburgh where he is majoring in engineering with plans to become an electrical engineer. Terria, a 2011 graduate, is a child development major at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore entering her senior year. She wants to open a day care center and called herself “a cheerleader for life.”Patricia Cobia, 2014 Lawnside Public School Teacher of the Year was the mistress of ceremonies. Michael Mae and Ezell Irons, Jr. of the Lawnside Music Studio performed piano and violin selections.The five students with the highest grade point averages and their schools are:First: Tyler Rasor, Haddon Heights High School, will attend the University of Rhode Island and received the Elizabeth Jones Award for Academic Excellence because her average exceeds 93.Second: Myles Fussell, The King’s Christian School, will attend Drexel University to pursue a career in electrical engineering.Third: Raneem Sirag, Haddon Heights High School, Camden County College, will major in criminal justice.Fourth: Bilal Qadar, Haddon Heights High School, plans to major in food science at the University of Delaware with an ultimate goal of helping people live healthy lifestyles, understand and practice good nutrition.Alanna Jones, Haddon Heights High School, received the Grace Temple Baptist Church Scholarship to the student with the fifth highest average. She plans to major in graphic design at Camden County College.Additionally, the following awards were announced.Book awards were won by Myles Fussell, Sydney Hurley, Latina Coard and Ryan O’Neal.Lawnside PTA – unsung heroes – Faith Solomon, Ryan O’Neal

Dr. Theodore Johnson attendance – Ryan O’Neal, Kashif Miller, Anthony Johnson

Edna Jay Sports Award – Kashif Miller

Melody Moss Walcott Award – Sydney Hurley

Madge Mitchell Math Award – Myles Fussell

Edna Harper Service Award – Alanna Jones

Henry Long Memorial Award – Anthony Johnson

Masjid Freehaven Model Citizen Award – Faith Solomon Raymond G. Davis, Jr. Memorial Award – H. Qawi Austin II

Reach for the Stars Award — Chandra and Jeremiah Mikhiel

Sonia Farmer Award – Faith Solomon

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wise Award – Anthony Johnson

Dr. & Mrs. Cecil Still Award – Ryan O’Neal

I.R. & Anna J. Bryant Award – Latina Coard

Leon N. Williams Law Award – Raneem Sirag

Amos & Roxie Rogers Award – Anthony Johnson

Eleanora F. Sexton & Bertha D. Upshaw Memorial Award – Tyler Rasor

Eleanora F. Sexton & Bertha D. Upshaw Memorial Award – Bilal Qadar

Bryson C. Armstead Award – Anthony Johnson

Nancy & Ron Johnson Scholarship Award – Myles Fussell

Steve Israel Awards – Kashif Miller, outstanding student athlete; Alanna Jones, unsung hero

Dorothea Carter Memorial Award – Michael Ganges

Haddon Heights High School Commencement Awards

These awards will be presented during commencement exercises, June 23.

Helen Mae Henderson Nursing Award – Kevin Martinez

Helen Mae Henderson Teaching Award – Ryan O’Neal

Ephraim J. & Mary C. Still Award – LaTina Coard

Drs. William & Flora Young Award – Tyler Raysor

Walter A. Gaines Natural Science Award – Tyler Rasor

Lawnside Scholarship Club Music Award – Sydney Hurley

Curtis & Lula Moss Memorial Award – Sydney Hurley

Magnificent Seven Award – Tyler Raysor

Linese Miller Award – Tyler Raysor

Celebration Funds Scholarships for Lawnside StudentsLAWNSIDE, N.J. (Feb. 25, 2014) – The Lawnside Scholarship Club, Inc., will honor three educators who have enriched the lives of thousands of students in Lawnside, Camden, Middle Township, and Pleasantville throughout their careers. In addition to their Lawnside roots, all three are connected by their affiliation with Rowan University.
Event: Sixth Annual Black History Celebration
Where: Tavistock Country Club, 1 Tavistock Lane, Haddonfield, N.J.
When: 1 p.m., Saturday, March 22
Tickets: $60 per person, contact President Sharon Whitaker, 856-547-0502
Entertainment: Music by the Sonny Keaton Jazz Quartet
The Honorees
Mrs. Ruth Benson 
is a retired Lawnside Public School Teacher who taught third, fourth and fifth grade for 31 years before retiring in 1983. She was a member of the Scholarship Club for six years. She is a graduate of Lawnside Public School, Haddon Heights High School and Glassboro State College, now known as Rowan University.
Dr. Wilma J. Farmer, a resident of Magnolia, began her career teaching third grade at Sumner School in Camden retiring after 50 years having served in progressively higher positions culminating with assistant superintendent for curriculum and support services. A graduate of Haddon Heights High School, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rowan University and a doctorate from Temple University. She continues to work as an education consultant.
Dr. Ted Johnson retired from the Middle Township School district after a distinguished career in administration has been acting superintendent in the Lawnside and Camden School Districts. He was educated in the Lawnside School system, graduated from Haddon Heights High School and Rutgers University. Dr. Johnson is Professor Emeritus at Rowan University where he taught education for decades.
Club president Sharon Whitaker said, “We are honored to have such distinguished and passionate educators in our town who energetically strive for academic excellence for Lawnside students and those beyond our community.”

Club Announces 2013 Scholarship Winners

LAWNSIDE, N.J. (May 19, 2013)–The Lawnside Scholarship Club announced more than $15,000 in scholarships to members of the 2013 graduating class at its annual Salute to Seniors at Haddon Heights High School Saturday. The annual program honors residents of Lawnside graduating from public, private and parochial schools.

Dr. Cord Whitaker, assistant professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, spoke to the students about achieving their dreams even if, and when, those dreams change. He was the top scholarship recipient when he graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1997. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University and his master’s and doctorate in medieval English from Duke University.

The program’s theme was “A New Generation of Achievers.” Paula Davis, 2013 Lawnside Public School Teacher of the Year and past top recipient was the mistress of ceremonies. Pianist Denzel Garrick, a student at the Lawnside Music Studio, performed two Chopin and Bach selections.

Dr. Whitaker advised the students, “Embrace the uncertainty—exploring the most unexpected places is how you’ll find joy, motivation, and even love. Embracing the uncertainty in your dreams is exactly how you will make your dreams come true.”

His full remarks are available at this link.

The four students with the highest grade point averages and their schools are:

First: LaSheyna Alexander, Haddon Heights High School, plans to attend Davidson College in North Carolina and become a judge handling cases in the juvenile justice system. She is still considering the best major to prepare her for that goal.

Second: Qwyen Austin, Vermont Academy, plans to attend the University of Richmond to study English and psychology in order to pursue a career as an author.

Third: Tasneem Elsayed, Haddon Heights High School.

Fourth: Ashley Coard Conner, Haddon Heights High School, will attend Widener University and major in biology.

They will share the Elizabeth Jones Academic Excellence Award because their averages exceed 93.

Book awards were also won by Ashley Coard Conner, Rachel Wilcox, India Stevenson and Dante Pinckney.

Additionally, the following awards were announced.

Grace Temple Baptist Church Scholarship to the student with the fifth highest a verage – Dante Pinckney, Haddon Heights High School, plans to attend Rowan University and major in business administration.

Lawnside PTA – unsung heroes – Ashley Thompson, Isiah Gardner-Sewell

Dr. Theodore Johnson attendance – William Jackson, India Stevenson, Dazmonique Carr and Domonique Irons

Edna Jay Sports Award – Qwyen Austin

Melody Moss Walcott Award – Shatavaia Prescott

Madge Mitchell Math Award – LaSheyna Alexander

Edna Harper Service Award – Darryl Stephens

Henry Long Memorial Award – Brandon Smith

Masjid Freehaven Model Citizen Award – Ashley Coard Conner

Raymond G. Davis, Jr. Memorial Award – Khyleef Moore

Sonia Farmer Character Award – Brandon Bey

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wise Award – Tate Johnson

Dr. & Mrs. Cecil Still Award – Rachel Wilcox

I.R. & Anna J. Bryant Award – Michelle Atis

Leon N. Williams Law Award – Shatavia Prescott

Amos & Roxie Rogers Award – Charles Brown

Eleanora F. Sexton & Bertha D. Upshaw Memorial Award – Ashley Coard Conner

Eleanora F. Sexton & Bertha D. Upshaw Memorial Award – Khyleef Moore

Bryson C. Armstead Award – Brandon Bey

Nancy & Ron Johnson Scholarship Award – Michelle Atis

Steve Israel Awards – outstanding student – Dante Pinckney;unsung hero – Dazmonique Carr

Dorothea Carter Memorial Award – Shatavia Prescott

Haddon Heights High School Commencement Awards

These awards will be presented during commencement exercises, June 19, 2013
Helen Mae Henderson Nursing Award – Dajshia Gibson
Ephraim J. & Mary C. Still Award – Khyleef Moore
Drs. William & Flora Young Award – Tasneem Elsayed
Walter A. Gaines Natural Science Award – LaSheyna Alexander
Lawnside Scholarship Club Music Award – India Stevenson
Curtis & Lula Moss Memorial Award – Dante Pinckney
Magnificent Seven Award – LaSheyna Alexander
Linese Miller Award – Dajshia Gibson

Event Funds Scholarships for Lawnside Students

LAWNSIDE, N.J. (Feb. 18, 2013) – As the nation celebrates Black History Month, the Lawnside Scholarship Club, Inc., prepares to honor four local people whose contributions to civil rights, education, the underprivileged and the military has benefitted both the youth and elderly in this historic African-American community.

Event: Lawnside Scholarship Club Black History Celebration
Where: Tavistock Country Club, 1 Tavistock Lane, Haddonfield
When: 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013
Tickets: $60 per person, contact President Sharon Whitaker, 856-547-0502
Entertainment: Music by the Sonny Keaton Jazz Quartet

The honorees are:
Bryson Armstead is a Haddonfield native whose deep commitment to social justice and extraordinary generosity is exemplified by his 30-year effort to restore and protect Mount Peace Cemetery in Lawnside. The historic burial grounds hold the remains of many heroes, including a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and at least 80 Civil War veterans. It had been abandoned and was overgrown with vegetation when Armstead – a World War II Navy veteran – rallied men from Lawnside to launch a cleanup. Today, the cemetery is listed on both he national and state registers of historic places.

Mr. Armstead holds a bachelor’s in social science from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C., and a master’s from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University. He has served as a Lawnside Borough Councilman and as a member of the Board of Education. He taught elementary school for 35 years, retiring from the Philadelphia School District in 1986. Now he volunteers at Cooper Hospital and has served on health, education and faith-based community boards throughout Camden County.

Verline Still was a member of the Lawnside Scholarship Club in various positions for more than 25 years. She is known around Lawnside as a friend to the sick and shut-in, and a kind lady who brings foil-wrapped cookies and cakes to Grace Temple Baptist Church (where she has been a lifelong member). Mrs. Still is also recognized for her sense of justice. It is what compelled her as a teenager to lead a protest against unsanitary restrooms at a segregated laundry company, and to help found the Lawnside Historical Society with her husband, the late Clarence H. Still, III.

As part of the historical society, Mrs. Still was involved in a decades-old project to restore the former home of Peter Mott, a free man from Lawnside who was an agent of the Underground Railroad that operated in the North to help slaves escape. With her unrelenting commitment and generosity, the Peter Mott House is now a museum recognized nationally and in New Jersey as a historic site. She also volunteers with various local clubs and auxiliaries, including Virtua Health.

Michelle Carter graduated in 1982 as class valedictorian at the culturally diverse Haddon Heights High School. Twelve years later, the Franklin and Marshall College graduate returned to the high school to teach math to a new generation of students that she is also preparing to navigate the challenges of adulthood.

She was the 1982 top scholarship recipient of the Lawnside Scholarship Club and acted as mistress of ceremonies at the 2012 Black History Celebration.

Ms. Carter, who also taught at Camden’s Woodrow Wilson High School where students nominated her to be listed in the 1992 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, is an adviser to the Afro-American Cultural Society and Student Council at Haddon Heights High School. And, as a math educator, she helped develop the Authentic Math Applications course that teaches young people about personal finance. Like Mrs. Still, Ms. Carter grew up in the Grace Temple Baptist Church, and believes a successful life must include service to God.

Dr. Ronn Johnson is the Philadelphia-born and Camden-reared superintendent of the Lawnside Public School District who lives by the motto: “While it takes a village to raise a child, educators have the responsibility of Raising the Village!”

Dr. Johnson’s background reflects a commitment to his own education, and to that of his students. A graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, where he received a bachelor’s in Business Administration, he went on to earn a master’s in school administration at Rowan University and a doctorate in innovation and leadership at Wilmington University in Delaware. Some of his memorable contributions to students, particularly African-American young men, include teaching all-male classes as part of a new initiative at Cramer Elementary School in Camden, and – while still a student at Morgan State – helping to launch “Gentlemen of Quality, Inc.,” a community service fraternity designed to enhance the social, emotional, and spiritual development of males within an urban environment.

1971 Valedictorian Addresses 2012 Salute to Seniors
Dr. Marie Young, Lawnside native and 1971 Haddon Heights High School valedictorian, was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Salute to Seniors May 19 at Haddon Heights High School.
Dr. Young is an anesthesiologist in private practice. She graduated with honors from Howard University and its medical school. She returned to the area for a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a fellowship there in neuroanesthesiology. She taught anesthesiology at the university until 1999.
The theme was Striving for Success. Local residents who are graduating from high school receive awards, scholarships and accolades from the community at the celebration. The top five recipients were all from Haddon Heights High School: Richard Wright, Nadirah Jones, Juliana Outen, Alexus Smith, and Tanisha Thomas.

Lawnside Scholarship Club Recognizes 2011 Graduates

Lawnside, N.J. (July 1, 2011)–The Lawnside Scholarship Club recongized residents graduating from area high schools at its annual Salute to Seniors on May 21 at Haddon Heights High School.

The annual program featured a keynote talk by Marquita Smith, a doctoral student at McMasters University, Ontario, Canada, a performance by Voce, the high school’s acapella ensemble, and presentation of more than $14,000 in Club and community scholarships.

The following scholarships were announced:

Highest average, $2,000, David Kim, Haddon Heights High School

Second highest average, $1,500, Julien Atis, Baptist Regional High School, Haddon Heights

Third highest average, $1,250, Candace Solomon, Haddon Heights High School

Fourth highest average, $1,000, Darius Jones, Haddon Heights High School

Grace Temple Baptist Church, Sinkler Casselle Scholarship Ministry: Student with fifth highest average, $500 — Mapule Greene, Haddon Heights High School

Elizabeth Jones Academic Excellence Awards: Student with averages 93.0 or better will each receive $125–Julien Atis, Darius Jones, David Kim, Candace Solomon

Lawnside Parent Teacher Association: Unsung hero, $50 each – Malik Waiters, Tabria Jones

Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Johnson: Students with excellence in attendance over four years receive $100 each, Julien Atis, Mapule Greene

Edna Jay Sports Award: Student outstanding in sports, $100 – Noel Higgs

Madge Mitchell Math Award: Student outstanding in math, $100 – David Kim

Melody Moss Walcott Award: Student entering law, $100 – Mapule Greene

Edna Harper Service Award: Student displaying good citizenship/service, $150 – Bria McNeil-Rozier, Camden County Technical School, Sicklerville

Henry Long Memorial Award: Student excelling in Computer Science, $200 – Darius Jones

Masjid Freehaven Model Citizen Award- Well-rounded service-oriented student with spotless disciplinary record, $300 – Juwan Cook

Raymond G. Davis Memorial Award: Student who perseveres to the end, $150 – Mariah Price

Sonia Farmer Character Award: Student displaying outstanding character, $500 – Paige Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wise Award: Student with dependability, punctuality traits, $50 – Tiffany Hicks

Dr. and Mrs. Cecil Still Chemistry Award: Outstanding student entering science or medical field, $250 – Steven King, Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill

I.R. and Anna J. Bryant Award – Student outstanding in accounting: $100 – Darius Jones

Steven Israel Awards – Student outstanding in sports: $500 – Darius Jones; Unsung hero: $500 – Denise Butler

Dorothea Carter Memorial Award: Student needing financial assistance for college, $250 – Brianna Wood

Morris and Alice Smith Leadership Award: Student who shows leadership, initiative and a willingness to mentor younger students (leadership abilities exhibited through participation on student council, being a class officer, membership in school or national honor society, service clubs and organizations); GPA must be at least 3.0, $500 – Jasmine Vickers, King’s Christian School, Cherry Hill

Leon N. Williams Law Award: Student pursing career in law, $100 – Mapule Greene

Amos and Roxie Rodgers Memorial Award: Student pursuing a career in cosmetology or barbering. If there is no student entering either of these fields, then a student entering another vocation, $100- Bria McNeil-Rozier

Book Awards, $125 each: Julien Atis, Juwan Cook, Kaimisha Gibson, Mariah Price

Reach for the Stars, $25 each: Imani Fussell, Kaimisha Gibson, Rhanelle Goodman, Tajsha Renee Hall, Envogue Nijiah Jordan, Sebert McKenzie, Shatona Skerrett, Terria Wright

HADDON HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION AWARDS – 2011
These awards were presented at Haddon Heights High School Commencement in June.

Lawnside Scholarship Club Social Science Award: Student pursuing higher education with the highest average in Social Science, $50 – Darius Jones

Lawnside Scholarship Club Music Award: Student pursuing higher education and outstanding, well rounded, in the field of music, $100 – Paige Smith

Walter A. Gaines Natural Science Award: Student pursuing higher education with the highest average in Science, $100 – David Kim

Helen Mae Henderson Teaching Award: Student entering the teaching field, $250 – Terria Wright

Helen Mae Henderson Nursing Award: Student entering health field, $50 – Tabria Jones

Linese Miller Award: Student showing outstanding leadership and initiative, $250 – Mapule Greene

Ephraim J. and Mary C. Still Award: Student showing most improvement in four years, $200 – Davanti Ali

Curtis and Lula Moss Activity Award: Student who participated in the most school activities, $50 – Mapule Greene

Magnificent Seven Award: Student with best average in four years of English, $150 – David Kim