Academic excellence recognized

Published 3:13 pm Friday, May 24, 2024

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GATESVILLE – Gates County High School seniors Taylor Legg and Jacy Keith have been chosen as recipients of The Obici Foundation Career Pathway Scholarship.

Jacy Keith (left) and Taylor Legg, both seniors at Gates County High School, will be aided financially in their pursuit of healthcare-related degrees at the collegiate level by earning an Obici Foundation Career Pathway Scholarship. Contributed Photo

This prestigious award will provide them with $10,000 each year for the duration of their college education, totaling four years.

“The significance of this achievement cannot be overstated, as it reflects not only their academic excellence but also their commitment to pursuing careers in the healthcare field,” said Carney Rountree, RN, a Health Sciences teacher and HOSA Advisor at GCHS.

Legg and Keith are currently enrolled in the health science pathway at GCHS, where Rountree said they have demonstrated exceptional promise and enthusiasm.

“Their participation in the Nursing Fundamentals class has equipped them with the necessary skills to graduate as certified nursing assistants, laying a solid foundation for their future endeavors in healthcare,” Rountree noted.

Legg has set her sights on Roanoke Chowan Community College’s Nursing Program where she aims to obtain her Nursing Degree.

“Her passion for nursing is evident in her dedication to academic excellence and her unwavering commitment to helping others,” Rountree remarked. “Taylor’s drive and determination will undoubtedly make her a valuable asset to the nursing profession, where compassionate care and expertise are paramount.

Keith has been accepted into UNC Wilmington where she plans to study Exercise Science.

“She has a desire to pursue a career focused on promoting health and wellness and Jacy’s ambition and enthusiasm for her chosen field are truly commendable,” Rountree stated. “Her academic achievements thus far serve as a testament to her potential to make a significant impact in the field of exercise science.

“As their Health Science teacher, I am immensely proud of Taylor and Jacy’s accomplishments,” Rountree continued. “They have consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic, both inside and outside the classroom, and their dedication to their studies and their future careers is truly inspiring.

The teacher added that Legg and Keith are “shining examples of the bright futures that await Gates County High School students.”

“Their determination, passion, and commitment to excellence serve as an inspiration to us all, and I am confident that they will continue to achieve great things in their academic and professional pursuits. Congratulations, Taylor and Jacy, on this well-deserved honor, and best wishes for a successful and fulfilling journey ahead,” Rountree concluded.

The purpose of the Obici Healthcare Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship is to support local students who plan to pursue a career in healthcare in Western Tidewater. The scholarship funds will be sent directly to the attending university or college for the sole purpose of paying college expenses.

Recipients of the undergraduate scholarship are also invited to apply for additional scholarship funding for up to four years of post-graduate study, which could include medical or other graduate school. Post-graduate funding will be based on the student’s academic performance as an undergraduate, his/her intended field of study as a graduate student, and his/her commitment to return to Suffolk and/or Western Tidewater to practice healthcare upon the completion of his/her education.