Springfield Baptist awards $16,800 in scholarships to high school seniors

Springfield Awards
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By Sarita Mason

Springfield Baptist Church recently honored 21 high school seniors, saluting them for their academic achievement and leadership in their schools and communities.

The church raised $16,800 for the scholarships, providing each graduate with $800 to be used toward college or a post-secondary school of their choice.

This year marked the second that Springfield has awarded the scholarships. Students in Rockdale/Newton and surrounding counties were honored, church officials said.

To receive Springfield’s scholarship, students had to be recommended by a teacher or staff member and also be accepted or enrolled as full-time student at a two-year or four -year post-secondary institution for the upcoming academic year. Students also were required to have a 3.0 GPA or higher and demonstrated leadership qualities.

Springfield Pastor Eric W. Lee congratulated the high school seniors.

“We want our graduates to see that faith has a role to play in their future,” said Lee.


The following students were awarded academic scholarships:


Rockdale High

  1. Zora Duncan
  2. Kyrin Turner
  3. Amaya Giller
  4. Kyra Chinnery


Salem High 

  1. Erika Jones
  2. Ashley Jackson
  3. Shanquarius Bingham


Heritage High

  1. Arielle Palmer
  2. Jermaine Mims
  3. Joi Nobles
  4. Faith Shamley


Eastside High  

  1. Shelby Rodgers
  2. Kennedy Richard


Newton High 

  1. Ansley Bentley
  2. Christopher Ejike
  3. Christopher Grant
  4. Sydney Lampkin


Alcovy High 

  1. Zariyah Donwell


Surrounding Counties

  1. Emerald Gibbs
  2. Janae Bernard
  3. Andrea Sanchez

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