RALEIGH, NC, APRIL 13, 2012 – Three Triangle area high school students were awarded scholarships Friday for raising money and awareness for the American Red Cross in their local communities as part of the 2012 High School Heroes program funded by The Grainger Foundation. Alexis Hicks from Broughton High School in Raleigh, Michael Waters and Nicole Dillon from Lee County High School took top honors as 2012 High School Heroes, a leadership program that awards scholarships to area teens for their efforts on behalf of the Triangle Area Red Cross.
Hicks earned a scholarship of $5,000. Waters was awarded $2,000 and Dillon was awarded $1,000. In addition, four more students earned scholarships of $500 each for demonstrating outstanding results in this year’s campaign: Lauren Cannady from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, Katie Davis from Grace Christian School in Sanford, Laura Oldham from Smithfield-Selma High School, and Rebecca Prichard from the Durham School of the Arts.
Hicks, a junior, has a long history of volunteerism. Her volunteer experiences include fundraising for Camp Happy Days and volunteering with Race for the Cure, Meals on Wheels, Interact and the Food Bank of NC. Her Red Cross fundraising event, "Fling in the Spring,” included four live bands, auctions, a raffle, barbeque chicken dinner plates and “Dancing for Dollars.” She was able to secure an on-air media interviews and a print ad.
Waters, a junior, raised $5,550. He runs cross country, swims and plays golf. He is also an active member in the disaster relief division of the Red Cross. To raise awareness and funds, he organized a raffle with up to $400 in gift cards and also held a concert downtown with local bands.
Dillon, a senior, raised more than $5,000. She will be attending Salem College in the fall. Her activities include Leo's Club, Varsity Soccer, Sign of The Fish and National Arts Honor Society. She ran several fundraisers for the including a Chick-fil-A Spirit Night, hosting an Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser and hosting a community Easter egg hunt.
$1,000 Scholarship winner Nicole Dillon $2,000 Scholarship winner Michael Waters $5.000 Scholarship winner Alexis Hicks
Overall, 12 students from Wake, Durham, Johnston, and Lee Counties took part in the program raising more than $32,000 for this year’s campaign. High School Heroes kicked off in January and ran through March. The Ceremony took place on April 13, 2012, at One Eleven Place in Cary.
Additional students participating in the 2012 High School Heroes program were:
Winston Holloway from Ravenscroft High School in Raleigh, Precious Boykin, Priya Desai and Whitney Schultz from Southern Lee High School.
While participating in the program, students design and execute their own fund-raising and awareness campaigns. Participants are partnered with a mentor who previously completed the program and with a successful community business leader to help the students fully develop their campaigns as well as network with other Red Cross supporters.
Students participating in the program develop leadership, time management, and networking skills. While doing so, the students give back to their community and learn the importance of helping those in need. All donations raised by participants are used to fulfill the longstanding, life-saving mission of the Red Cross: to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.