Three get top nods at ECHS
East Columbus High School has nominated three of its seniors for two of the top university scholarships in the state.
Joshua Rogers, Morgan McKeithan and Elexsys Junious are the school’s choices for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Park Scholarship at North Carolina State University.
“I’m happy,” Rogers, the 18-year-old son of Frances Coleman and Keith Rogers, said of his Park nomination. “I’m glad I was chosen and that the school did (the nominations).”
“The Park would basically be a great resource for me,” he said. “It would help achieve whatever goals I would have at N.C. State.”
NCSU is Rogers’ school of choice. He hopes to major in political science with a minor in foreign language.
“I want to get a federal law enforcement job,” Rogers said. “I always have been attracted to law enforcement. I feel like a federal law enforcement job would be a great way to go.”
Rogers’ father recently retired from a law enforcement job as a state wildlife officer.
Rogers is an officer in the school’s FFA and a member of the student council. He is a member of the ECHS boys’ soccer team.
He is active with his church and has worked at Food Lion in Whiteville since 10th grade.
Last year, he won a Woodmen of the World history award.
History is his favorite subject with teacher Dawn Strickland.
“I like seeing how normal people have risen above challenges and accomplished great things in the past,” he said.
He also enjoys being a part of the student council.
“I like working with other people to accomplish things at our school.”
Rogers said he also likes visual arts and has participated in the county’s annual Celebrate the Arts.
Rogers said the thing he wishes ECHS had been able to do is offer Advanced Placement classes.
“I feel like it’s a great opportunity because it’s opening doors that only a few have gotten through,” said McKeithan, the 17-tear-old daughter of Jessica and Kevin McKeithan. “It’s pretty cool.”
She has been nominated for the Park and Morehead-Cain scholarships.
“I love both of those schools,” she said. “I have visited both. Either one of those would be awesome.”
She said she is also looking at UNC-Wilmington and East Carolina University.
For her major, McKeithan said she is leaning toward psychology.
“I like seeing how people handle different situations,” she said, adding that in her job at Food Lion, she finds folks sharing their problems with her.
She has played varsity volleyball and is looking forward to the spring softball season at ECHS.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. She also participates in the school’s visual arts program
She has served as a guide at the annual Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow and volunteers at an animal shelter.
She is also active with her church.
Pre-Calculus, taught by Ceegee Richardson, is her favorite class.
“We learn a lot of stuff and it’s fun,” she said.
“I like doing the arts the best and how we can do Celebrate the Arts every year,” she said. “I have taken a visual arts class every year with Mr. (Tim) Dowless.”
McKeithan said she wished ECHS had more clubs and more senior activities.
“I feel like I have accomplished something,” said Junious, the 17-year-old daughter of John and LaShonta Junious. “I like it that people saw something in my essay and in my resume that helped me be chosen.”
She is nominated for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship.
She wants to attend UNC-Chapel Hill to major in in biology,
“I want to be a pediatrician,” she said. “My major will either be biology or pre-med. Biology would be better because I would get more out of it.”
She is active with Health Occupations Students of America and is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club.
Junious plays varsity basketball and volleyball and will run track in the spring.
She said this year was the first year she had ever been a part of Celebrate the Arts.
Nursing fundamentals is her favorite class.
“We we go out in clinical and do eye exams at different elementary schools,” she said.
She also likes math.
“I like being able to manipulate numbers to figure out a problem,” she said. “It’s my best subject. My dad was good at math.”
When she’s not in school, or working at Food Lion in Whiteville, she participates in youth programs at Victory in Jesus Ministries.
The youth group dances or sings at various events with its praise ministry.
“And we feed needy people,” she said.
HOSA is her favorite activity.
“We did eye exams yesterday at Hallsboro-Artesia Elementary School,” she said. “We learn skills that will help me in my future career.”
She said she wishes there was more school spirit at ECHS.
“We need more clubs,” she said. “In middle school, we had tons of clubs.”
She said she misses participating in the regional and state science Olympiad.
“We got to go to NCSU and UNCW every year,” she said.