Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Beta Zeta Omega Chapter, presented five scholarships totaling $10,000 to students in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties during the students’ awards programs. Scholarships were awarded to recipients based on completed applications, an essay, and evidence of scholarship, leadership and community service.

Receiving the Academic I scholarships were Destiny Hansen and Alicia Avellaneda-Cruz.

Destiny Hansen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William (Pamela) Hansen. Hansen graduated from North High School, where she earned the academic distinction of Salutatorian. She was inducted into the National Honor Society and served as parliamentarian of the organization. She was often listed on the Principal’s List and received many other academic honors and awards. She plans to attend Clemson University in the fall.

Alicia Avellaneda-Cruz is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ricarda (Bruna) Cruz. Cruz graduated as an honor graduate from Lake Marion High School, where she was active in sports, drama and theatre, Junior ROTC, National Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Student Improvement Council, Youth Ministry program, and numerous other organizations. She also held several elected offices including president of Wigs4Kids, Make a Wish Foundation and a judge on the Court of Appeals at Palmetto Girls State (2018). In addition, she received other recognitions for academics, leadership and sports.

Recipients of the Academic II Scholarships were Jordan Franklin and Alyssa Zorn.

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Jordan Franklin, daughter of Ms. Katrina Snell Franklin, graduated from Calhoun County High School, where she served as vice-president of CC’s Student Council and vice-president of the Marching Band. Franklin received many academic awards including the Principal’s List and the Superintendent’s Award, and she also earned the scholastic commendation of Valedictorian. Franklin will matriculate at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, during the fall.

Alyssa Zorn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon (Nikki) Zorn. She graduated from Edisto High School, where she was the president of the student body, vice-president of the National Honor Society and Captain of the volleyball team. Other honors included Palmetto Fellows, Palmetto Girls State delegate, Junior Leadership representative for Orangeburg County, Lander Fellow, and USC Upstate Scholar. Zorn will attend Charleston Southern in August.

Amaya Calloway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kerchia (Dr. Liana) Calloway, received the Partners in Mathematics and Science (PIMS) Scholarship. Calloway was an honor graduate of the High School for Health Professions and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College’s Dual Enrollment Program. At HHSP, she was inducted into the National Honor Society; she was a member of the Helen Sheffied Federated Girls’ Club. Other organizations included: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Student Government Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Health Occupation Students of America, ASCEND Youth Enrichment program, and several other programs. Other honors included the Principal’s Lists, the High School for Health Professions’ Warrior Pride Award, and the FBLA’s State Leadership Conference Competitive Events awards: first place (2016) and third place (2018).

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, chartered in 1908, is the first sorority for college-educated African-American women. Since 1934, Beta Zeta Omega, South Carolina’s oldest chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, has provided service to the Orangeburg-Calhoun area and has continued to promote the organization’s international programs. “Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service” is the current international program under the leadership of Dr. Glenda Glover, the sorority’s international president. Mrs. Evelyn M. Singleton is Beta Zeta Omega’s president, and Mrs. Barbara P. Elliott is the chapter’s High-School Scholarship chairman.

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