Foundation Celebrates Normandy Scholarship, Excellence at Annual Gala
The Friends of Normandy (FON) School District Foundation awarded $34,000 in scholarships to Normandy seniors and graduates at its recent Annual Scholarship Gala. This year’s theme was Supporting Academic Excellence: Regaining and Aiming Higher.
Approximately 250 family, alumni, staff and community members attended the gala held Saturday, May 5 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Millennium Center. Normandy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Pearson encouraged the scholars to plan for success as they embark on their next journey in life.
“You are designed with a purpose,” Pearson said. “If you combine that with the understanding of who you most want to help, and which problems you most want to solve, those three things will help define your plan in life for success.”
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Friends of Normandy Scholars of Excellence scholarships. The recipients for 2018 are Latasha Cain, Chayron Goliday, Ezekiel Jones, Tatis Shelton and Solomon Singleton. Cain and Shelton will attend UMSL; Goliday and Singleton will attend the University of Missouri-Columbia; and Jones will attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.
Also receiving scholarships were seniors Anthony Simms, The Esther Goff Scholarship; Kayla Snipes, The John Masterson Scholarship; and Solomon Singleton, The James Westbury Scholarship.
Normandy graduates who are currently in college received $28,000 in scholarships this year as part of the LJ Hart Scholarship, established by longtime FON supporter Larry Hart. The recipients are completing their fourth year of higher education. Also recognized at the gala were the Normandy Parent of the Year, Ana Perry of the Normandy Kindergarten Center; Support Staff of the Year, Frondel Green, Jefferson Elementary; and Teacher of the Year, Theresa Hopkins, Jefferson Elementary.
The Friends of Normandy School District Foundation was formed in March 2005 and is an independent, not-for-profit organization whose sole purpose is to solicit, manage and distribute funds for scholarships and to enrich the educational experiences of the children in the Normandy Schools Collaborative. Since 2006, Friends of Normandy has distributed over $300,000 in scholarships Normandy students.