May 14, 2019: The Historic Rotary Club of Charleston celebrated students and teachers by awarding 4 high school “Service Above Self” Scholarships and celebrating the Top 5 Honor Roll Teachers, including the Charleston Teacher of the Year.
Rotary Service Above Self Scholarships were awarded to the following students:
Ke’von Singleton (First Baptist HS; Morehosue College). Ke’von described how his interest in documentary film and the creation of “Atlanta, a City You Love to Hate” led him to realize his voice needed to be heard. After his film won several honors and was shown at the National African American History Museum, he went on to participate in the Charleston Republican Students for Action committee, volunteering at the Gibbs and YMCA Summer Camp for Black Artists and other local groups.
Catherine Dixon, (ASheley Hall HS; USC Honors College. Ms. Dixon told our club about how at 6 years old she realized she didn’t want gifts and asked her mom if she could raise money for Boys Farm, a home for disadvantaged boys. Since 2007 she has been raising money for Boys Farm and estimates she has help raise over $10,000 for the program.
Halle Kilburn (Porter Gaud HS; Univ of Tennessee). Haley said she believes service to others is the most important extracurricular activity she is involved in. She is a service leader for the school’s blood drive, helps at Ronald McDonald House, Pet Helpers, Habitat for Humanity, Bishop Gadsden, and Bouquets for Vets.
Larry Singletary (Burke HS; The Citadel)
Larry volunteers for disabled veterans, participates in ROTC, is a youth altar person at his church. Mr. Singletary said that since elementary school he has always tried to help others.
Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait and Chief of Staff Erica Taylor introduced the 5 finalists for CCSD Teacher of the Year. The recipients are:
- Erin Bua has taught for 27 years and is a teacher at James B. Edwards Elementary School.
- James Costner has taught math for 5 years at Laing Middle School.
- Shantia Wilder has taught for 19 years at Chicora Elementary School
- Melissa Reese is this year’s Teacher of the Year Runner Up. She has taught for 7 years at Murray- Lasaine Elementary
- Teacher of the Year, Jayuntay Williams, teaches at West Ashley Middle School.Jayuntay Williams
Williams gave a short speech about his love for teaching and that he strives to lead in all that he does. He searches for ways to engage students by dancing, singing, teaching, etc. His goal is to bridge the gap between home and school and strives to get his students parents involved in their scholastic activities.