We are excited to announce the winners of the four Carmen Lee Wilbur Scholarships and one Giving Back Scholarship! The Carmen Lee Wilbur Scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school students, and the Giving Back Scholarship is awarded to a college student. The students are selected based on their academic achievements as well as their dedication to serving community.

Keely Carlson – Grand Blanc High School

  • Keely is graduating from Grand Blanc High School.
  • She took part in Health Occupation Students of America where she is responsible for raising awareness on mental illness in her community.
  • As a part of LINKS, her responsibilities were modeling appropriate socialization and student skills in order to support a student with autism.
  • She is also a part of the Teacher Ed Program which assists teachers with classroom education while building skills to utilize in the future.
  • She has received many special honors and awards including the Academic Excellence for all four years, All District Academic Award, All Conference Academic award, AP Scholar award, as well as earning the Autism Angel Award.
  • She supported her community in many ways, such as a Parks and Recreation Youth Softball clinic volunteer, Warwick Hills “Kids Corner” as well as being a junior counselor at POWER camp, a camp for children with autism.
  • Her plans are to earn a degree in mathematics while attending Michigan State University and become a teacher to share her knowledge with others.

Carter Cerny – Lapeer High School

  • Carter is graduating from Lapeer High School.
  • Throughout high school he has participated in cross country, track and field as captain for the past two years, as well as on the swim and dive team where he also served as captain.  He is Lapeer High Schools 6 Dive and 11 Dive records holder.
  • Besides participating in sports, he is also involved in the Drama club, participating in One Act plays as well as musicals.
  • He has challenged himself this year by taking AP classes and is also dual enrolled at the University of Michigan-Flint.  He has also taken multiple classes at Mott Community College. 
  • He has given back to his community through Bridgewood Community Church as being an assistant teacher and audio visual specialist, being a volunteer at Youth with a Mission, Cornerstone Mission, and was instrumental in raising funds at school for victims of Hurricane Katrina. 
  • He has worked for Lapeer Community Recreation Center as a lifeguard as well as Lapeer County Parks. He currently is working at Escape VR Virtual Reality in Oxford.
  • He plans to attend Indiana Institute of Technology to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering.

Elizabeth Gibbs – Goodrich High School

  • Elizabeth is graduating from Goodrich High School.
  • She is a member of the National Honor Society.
  • She has participated in Girls Varsity Golf where she is the captain.
  • She is in the Marching band as well as Concert and Wind ensemble where she is 1st chair flute.
  • She has received many honors throughout high school. Just a few of these are:  All State Team, Academic All- State honorable mention, Most Valuable player, ELGA Credit Union Scholar Athlete of the Month, Flint Area Kiwanis Club Student Athlete of the month and Priority Children’s Champion Nominee.
  • She has given many hours back to her community through programs at her church such as Worship bag coordinator, vacation bible school, Lenten program, Rummage Sale, communion steward, and Pie Auction.  She has also volunteered at Family Promise of Genesee County, American Red Cross, Carriage Town Ministries, Enchanted Princess Ball, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Goodrich Pediatrics, Goodrich Cemetery, Goodrich Chamber of Commerce Earth Day Clean Up, Goodrich Daddy/Daughter Dance and Hurley Hospital.
  • After graduating she will be headed to Grand Valley State University to earn a degree in business.

Samuel Barnett – Bentley High School

  • Samuel will be graduating from Bentley High School.
  • He is the Student Council President, Genesee Area Conference Student Council president, as well as a member of the National Honor’s Society. 
  • He participates in Baseball and is on the Skeet team as well as an active member of the theatre group.
  • He has been on the all A honor roll numerous times. He has received the Outstanding Leadership Award for the Genesee County Student Council and the Outstanding Accomplishments and Contributions award for Student Council.
  • He has volunteered in his community through United Way’s For-Mar Nature Preserve Clean-up, Genesee County Parks Trick-or-Treat Trail, as well as their Christmas events. 
  • One of the most significant efforts was that he wanted to start a program for recycling at his school.  He wrote a grant to receive $1,000 in funding to build recycle bins.  He spent an entire weekend donating his time to this project.  He figured out what supplies he needed then constructed wooden bins for every classroom at Bentley High School.
  • He will attend Eastern Michigan University in the fall to study Business Administration. 

Kairo Noronha – Michigan State University

Not pictured is the recipient of the college level Giving Back Scholarship, Kairo Noronha. Kairo was a volunteer with Prisoner Empowerment Ministries, a group  leader with River View Church, and a mentor for at-risk youth with Genesee Valley Regional Center. He is an outreach volunteer for the Pre-Med Club at his university, as well a Kith Haven Convalescent Home volunteer and a volunteer with the homeless shelter at Haven House. He currently works as a mentor and tutor for Edgewood Daycare. Kairo is studying Kinesiology and Pre-Medicine at Michigan State University.

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