On May 7, the Snellville Commerce Club presented its annual scholarships to students who excelled in their school's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) or Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) programs.
This year's recipients of the $1,000 scholarship were Candace Morgan from Brookwood High School and Jamaré Mason from South Gwinnett.
Morgan served as the president of the Heritage Club at Brookwood, placed 4th at the regional DECA competition and won the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett award in the spring of 2012. She has volunteered with the Amanda Riley Foundation, Give Kids the World and Toys for Tots, all while maintaining a 3.4 GPA.
She works as cashier at the school store, in addition to tutoring and babysitting. She plans to major in Elementary Education at Mississippi State University in the fall.
Mason, a senior at South Gwinnett, currently has a 3.35 GPA and was designated the 'highest achiever' in chemistry. He also has perfect attendance, runs track and is on the Honor Roll and spends time volunteering at the Life Care Center of Gwinnett.
Before emigrating to the U.S. two years ago, he worked on a farm with his father in Jamaica. Although this inspired an interest in pursuing a veterinary career, he now is looking forward to pursuing a career in medicine.
"Jamare and Candace are representative of the many good students and good citizens in Snellville," said Commerce Club president Jimmy Norton. "Their career ambitions as a doctor and educator are most admirable."