Chamber Ambassadors recognized
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:00 PM
Through the Madison the City Chamber of Commerce, Will Haygood not only built up his resume for college but his scholarship fund.
The Madison Central High senior received the $2,500 C Spire Junior Ambassador Scholarship Award Tuesday. During the 2014 Junior Ambassador Awards Ceremony and Induction, Haygood also was honored with the Junior Ambassador of the Year Award.
"I'm really excited. I didn't expect this," said Haygood, the son of Helen and Gary Haygood.
Vanesha Jaiswal, the brand ambassador for C Spire Wireless, said the company awards the scholarship -- this year was the seventh year -- as a means of giving back to the community, just as Haygood has done with his volunteer work with the chamber.
Haygood plans to attend the University of Mississippi and major in pre-pharmacy.
In his scholarship essay, Haygood said the Junior Ambassador program allowed him to become involved in the community through its many projects.
Through the Chamber program, he worked with Salvation Army's Angel Tree, Race for the Cure, Madison's Scarecrow Fest, Movie Under the Stars and the Easter Egg Hunt.
"The Junior Ambassador Program has taught me many things about community service. I have gained an appreciation for volunteering. The program taught me how important it is to volunteer, and I know I will continue volunteering throughout the rest of my life," he said.
Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said the city is proud of the work the high school juniors and seniors have devoted to the community through the chamber this year.
"You certainly have been busy," she told them during the awards ceremony. "You're building a community for tomorrow in Madison. Madison is in good hands. Mississippi is in good hands with you all."
In awarding the Junior Ambassador of the Year to Haygood, Chamber President Eddie James of Baptist Health Systems said the senior took a leadership role in the group through service projects and in working in the chamber office. "He's been invaluable during the last nine months."
James also presented a service award to Marina Ali, a senior at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, for her work and willingness to assist the chamber.
During the event, the chamber welcomed new members of the Junior Ambassadors. "We've already started planning for the upcoming year," said Sam Fant, one of the advisors to the program.
Seniors in the Junior Ambassadors this year included: Marina Ali, Sarah Barrow, Lauren Blalock, Jacob Blanchard, Joseph Branson, Meredith Brock, Morgan Buchanan, Katie Carroll, Lauren Case, Kelsey Clark, Kristen Collins, Samantha Curry, Peyton Davis, Olivia Dear, Bradyn Eaves, Katie Erickson, Sara Evins, Carolyn Halford, Max Harrigill, Tori Harrigill, Will Haygood, Maggie Holmes, Reed James, Audrey Jarvis, McKenzie Brooke Johnson, Mollie Montgomery, Aubrey Oswalt, Hamza Patel, Charles Hayden Poer, Brett Prather, London Prather, Kathryn Ray, Maggie Smith, Kayla Stephenson, Grant Thames, Laura Terry and Julianna Woodward.
Junior members are Megan Bonham, Camille Griffin, Elise Moore, Marion Richmond, Caroline Russell, Aashna Sethi, Rebecca Shofner and Mary Kathryn Wheatley.
New inductees for the 2014-2015 year are Hallie Austin, Peyton Bowyer, Meredith Bradford, Alianne Owen Bruce, Summer Caraway, Lan Chen, Meg Crocker, Summer Curry, Anna Daniels, Austin Dillon, Mary Reid Dixon, Elizabeth Eleraky, Katelyn Graves, Zach James, Anna Lam, Annelise Meador, Amye McDonald, John Tucker Mitchell, Jordan Nicole Malone, Avenelle Newman, Rachel Reddix, Parker Robinson, Mary Upton Shirley, Shikha Shrestha, Elyse Smith, John Straton Garrard, Emily Turner, Laura Turner, Robert Ervin Tatum Jr, Sarah Grace Senn, Chase Aubry Warren, John Walker, Marion Welsh, Carsen Whitten and Anna Elizabeth Wolfe.