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President”s Letter – September 2010

The Eastern NCTA decided the past fall to incorporate a scholarship for children or grandchildren of members of the association. This scholarship is named for the leadership and dedication that the late Bill Sutton gave the Eastern NCTA for many years. We had four people apply and their applications were reviewed by a professional familiar with scholarships before a decision was made. The Eastern NCTA is pleased to announce the $1,500 scholarship winner for 2010 year is Tony Whitehead. Tony is the son of long-time Eastern NCTA member Anthony Whitehead.

Tony graduated from Greenfield School in Wilson, NC in 2007. While at Greenfield School, he was a member of the National Honor Society, SAVE club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He received a citizenship award for outstanding conduct and leadership. He was on the headmaster’s list. He played baseball and was the team captain. He was all-conference for four years and all-state for three years. He was also named basketball MVP while attending Greenfield.

Tony has attended North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC since August, 2007 and is transferring to East Carolina University. He is majoring in political science and English. He was in the National Honor Society and the secretary-treasurer in the Political Science Club. He played on the baseball team and was academic all-conference, while his baseball team won the regular season championship his freshman year and the conference tournament his sophomore year.

Tony has worked several jobs while attending high school and college. He has worked for the City of Wilson in the Parks and Recreation Department, the maintenance department at Greenfield School and as a bagger at Food Lion.

Tony wrote an essay about his work ethic as part of the scholarship application process. In this essay, he thanked his grandfather, Randolph Whitehead, for providing him so many examples of hard work. Tony provided many examples of hard work his grandfather has shown. He summarized his essay by stating, “Having a strong work ethic is essential to being successful in life, because nothing in life comes easy.”

The Eastern NCTA would again like to congratulate Tony. We send him best wishes and good luck as he continues his education at East Carolina University in August 2010.