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June 11, 2019
Raquel Cobb, Marketing Manager
GREENSBORO – Each year the BankSouth Foundation honors three graduating seniors from Greene County’s respective high schools with the foundation’s Citizenship Award and Scholarship. With this award, BankSouth recognizes students that have excelled in their responsibilities in school and the community and supports them as they pursue education at the next level. Nominated and selected by their peers and teachers, the award recipients have outwardly demonstrated moral courage, honesty, respect, and helpfulness.
Last month, the BankSouth Foundation presented this year’s Citizenship Award and Scholarship to Jameshia Copeland of Lake Oconee Academy, Kendall Patrick of Nathanael Greene Academy, and Kristian Magee of Greene County High School.
Jameshia Copeland is an honors graduate and two-time recipient of Lake Oconee Academy’s Citizenship Award. During her high school career, Copeland was active in musical theatre performing in school plays and concert band. She will attend East Georgia State College to pursue a degree in childhood education. As a student in Georgia’s Work-Based Learning program, Copeland kickstarted her career by assisting with instruction in kindergarten classes during her senior year.
“Receiving this scholarship and knowing that it was not just focused on academics but voted by the people that I walk the halls with every day and my teachers is an awesome feeling,” said Copeland.
Kendall Patrick is a student-athlete participating in Nathanael Greene Academy’s basketball and volleyball programs. As an athlete, Patrick received the All-State Award, All-Region Award, and Most Valuable Player Award in basketball, as well as the Best Defensive Player Award in volleyball. She also enjoyed performing arts earning first place in a regional literary competition for Solo and Humorous Interpretation and her school’s Director’s Award. She was also recognized as the Rotary Student of the Month last October. Patrick plans to attend Athens Technical College where she will study paramedicine.
“I am so grateful for the BankSouth Foundation for awarding me with this scholarship. I can’t wait to start my new journey into college. With God I know I can do all things, and He is always with me,” expressed Patrick.
Kristian Magee is Greene County High School’s class valedictorian and an active student and community leader. She has volunteered at local community organizations, completed Youth Leadership Greene, and served in several school clubs. During her high school career, she served as a state executive officer for Georgia DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), a member of the BETA club, a cheerleader, the chairperson of the Interact Club, and a member of the Air Force Junior ROTC. Magee has been awarded the University of Georgia Certificate of Merit, Rotary Student of the Year, Augusta University’s Top African American Student Award, and Governor’s Honors Semi-Finalist. She will attend the University of Georgia to study early childhood education.
“It was truly an honor and a privilege to be selected by my peers and teachers. It’s a blessing when others think highly enough of you to select you for a scholarship. I cannot wait to make my family, my classmates, and my teachers proud of me at UGA,” said Magee.
These students were presented with the citizenship award and a $5,000 scholarship at their high schools’ awards ceremonies in May by BankSouth board member Frances Strickland. The BankSouth Foundation congratulates Jameshia, Kendall, and Kristian on their graduation and accomplishments and wish them more success.
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