First Waughtown teens win scholarships in Thomasville Oratorical Contest

Kabari Walker, Aniyah Pope and JaQuez Williams with their awards.

First Waughtown teens win scholarships in Thomasville Oratorical Contest
March 14
10:00 2021

Three members of the First Waughtown Baptist Church Teens of Purpose (ToP) College/Career  Preparatory Ministry were among 12 scholarship recipients in the 20th annual Martin Luther King Social Action Committee Oratorical Contest held on Feb. 28. The Teens won a total of $3,700 in  the COVID-19-safe presentation set in Thomasville.  

The contest theme – “The Ultimate Measure of a Man” – was taken from “Strength to Love,” a  collection of Dr. King’s sermons and speeches published in 1963. 

Kabari Walker, a junior at East  Forsyth High School, received the $1,500 Ebony Alpha Ebony Scholarship. He is the son of Min. Carmenita Frazier. Kabari hopes to return to the oratorical contest next year to earn the first-place award, currently a $3,000 scholarship. 

Aniyah Pope, a senior at Parkland High School, received the $1,000 James H.  Bloomfield Scholarship and the $400 Delta Sigma Theta Video Innovation Award. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pope. Aniyah plans to attend either Howard or North Carolina Central University, where she will pursue a double major in pre-medicine and Spanish.

West Forsyth senior JaQuez Williams received the $800 Skeen Family Scholarship. He is the son of Mrs. Sheri Fryer. JaQuez plans to attend North Carolina Central University in the fall and he will pursue a degree in sports medicine. 

Pastor Dennis W. Bishop is the senior pastor of First Waughtown Baptist Church, located at 838 Moravia Street. In  observance of COVID-19 recommendations, Sunday services are being conducted virtually at and 

Dr. George B. Jackson, president of United Cornerstone University in Thomasville, is founder and chairman of the MLK-SAC, Inc. Dr. Pamela Jackson, vice president for academic affairs at the  university, is the MLK dean of students for the oratorical competition. Since the contest began, the  organization has awarded $177,000 in scholarships to high school juniors and seniors.

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