In my community there is a lot of violence involving youth. I try to set an example for the kids my age. Just because we come from a low income community does not mean we have to meet societies expectations about us. People assume that Kinston produces a bunch of gang bangers, young mothers, and thugs. I am living proof, as well as people like Brittany Drumgoole, Brandon Ingram and Tish Dixon, that Kinston is also a place for excellence. I promote change in my community being an example to younger kids of what it means to have goals and a desire to be better than what is expected of you.
As a young male, I have made every effort to set a positive example and be a role model in my community, school and church for other community youth through volunteering and giving back. As a member of Kinston Teens and KHS Marching Band, our goal is to be the change and to be role models in our community. In 2017, my life changed, as my dad suffered a major stroke that caused him not to be able to work or have the same quality of life. It was at that point, I knew that I wanted to make a positive difference in somebody's life everyday that I have an opportunity to do so..
Ayanna is a Senior at Kinston High School, and this years recipient of the Brown Family Memorial Scholarship! Congratulations Ayanna
I serve my community by volunteering my time and abilities with the various extracurricular clubs that I'm involved in at school. I am apart of the Kinston High School Anchor Club and our mission statement is to serve those around us. This includes many service projects such as mentor/mentee sessions, beautifying the community, tailgating, cleaning and feeding at homeless shelters, and canned food drives. I also occasionally serve at the Food Bank of America drive that is held at my local church. This endeavor that is sponsored by the Food Bank of America helps to feed hundreds of local citizens monthly.
The money from this scholarship will help me financially because I come from a single parent home. Although I will be receiving financial aid, I am still in the need of financial assistance. This scholarship will help put my mind at ease because I will be able to purchase a laptop that I desire to take with me to college.