The 2017 Eve Carson Humanitarian Spirit Award winners for each CCSD school were announced, and profiled in this article from the Athens Banner-Herald:
“Daivyon Hull wasn’t sure he would graduate from high school at all–much less be the winner of Classic City High School’s Eve Carson Humanitarian Spirit Award.
Despite having good grades, in November of 2015 he was forced to drop out of Clarke Central in order to work to help his family financially. As the 2016/17 school year approached, Daivyon realized he needed to finish school for his family and for himself. On May 18th Daivyon walked across the stage and received his high school diploma on time, despite missing almost his entire junior year.
He has continued to work because he likes it and takes pride in contributing to the family budget. In addition, he volunteers at his mother’s job of caring for the elderly. “Daivyon’s heart is huge! He loves talking with people, making connections, and engaging others,” says Mimi Middendorf, Classic City’s graduation coach.
Daivyon’s goals are to attend college and eventually build his own business. He wants to be financially successful but is most interested in making a positive difference in the lives of those around him–being a good citizen, bringing about change, and removing suffering.
This is the second time Clarke Central High School graduating senior Lauryn Waters has been a Carson Award recipient.
In 2013 she was chosen from among all 8th graders leaving Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School, and she has continued that same legacy at Clarke Central of leadership, integrity, and service to others that Eve exemplified.
Lauryn was a four year member of the CCHS volleyball team and served this year as senior captain. Her coach, Dr. Ashlee Wegmann, relates that Lauryn consistently led the team by example. “On two different occasions this year, umpires ruled in favor of our team, but Lauryn spoke up to say that the ball had actually been out of bounds or that she had accidentally touched the net. She is the kind of person who must be honest and insisted that those points for her team would not have been worth having if they were not earned.”
Also like Eve, Lauryn has excelled academically. Ranked #4 in the class of 2017, she will graduate as the highest ranking African American student at Clarke Central in the last 6 years. “She is a highly intelligent, humble, and hard-working young woman with clear abilities and interests in working in Applied Mathematics. She will graduate with the admiration and respect of our entire faculty,” says Sam Hicks, CCHS counselor. Lauryn will attend UGA as a Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Scholar.
Cedar Shoals High School’s Carson winner, Evelyn Pinto, has also made her mark on her school and community.
“Evelyn is a selfless leader who is committed to social justice,” says Ariel Gordon, CSHS counselor. This drive to help others motivated Evelyn to start the Cedar Shoals chapter of HoPe (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education), as well as to be involved in ULead Athens and Athens for Everyone. Through her involvement in these organizations she has presented at conferences such as the Social Justice Symposium and PeaceJam Southeastern Conference, where she had the opportunity to spotlight the work that she and others do at ULead to Rigoberta Menchu, Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Evelyn has worked to bring attention to educational policies in Georgia affecting underdocumented students by participating in rallies, speaking at gatherings, and writing articles for Cedar’s Blue Prints magazine. Evelyn graduated with honors and will be attending Rhodes College in Memphis this fall as a Golden Doors Scholar
The Eve Carson Humanitarian Spirit Award was established in 2009 to honor the life of Eve Marie Carson, a 2004 honor graduate of Clarke Central High School. In her brief life, Eve exhibited a human spirit that one yearns to achieve in a lifetime. Each elementary, middle, and high school in the Clarke County School District selects one student in the exiting class (grades 5, 8, and 12) who best exemplifies the qualities exhibited by Eve to honor each spring. Awards are given as follows: 5th grade – $50 gift card; 8th grade – $100 gift card; 12th grade – $500 check.”
List of all elementary and middle school winners:
Alps Road Elementary–Jaidah Faust
Barnett Shoals Elementary–Lillian McGreevy
Barrow Elementary–Alice Adams
Chase Street Elementary–Isabella Westrich
Cleveland Road Elementary–Genesis Casas-Gaona
Fowler Drive Elementary–Zykeria Sorrells
Gaines Elementary–Carol Hernandez
J.J. Harris Elementary–Danitza Ulloa
Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary–Giana Bermudez
H.B. Stroud Elementary–Lakea Edgerton
Timothy Road Elementary–Lily Gordon
Whit Davis Elementary–Parker Borron
Whitehead Road Elementary–Brenda Colmenares
Winterville Elementary–Elana Masters
Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle–Sa-Blue Wah
Clarke Middle–Ietta Veeder
W.R. Coile Middle–Jessica Galvan
Hilsman Middle–Oluwasunmisola Odeyemi