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Charlotte student wins $10K scholarship
South Meck senior recognized for community service
Published Tuesday, May 13, 2014
by Staff Reports

Jamilah Monet Squires, a 17-year-old senior at South Mecklenburg High School, is being recognized for her commitment to leadership and community involvement.

The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation selected Squires as the recipient of the “People Helping People” Scholarship, valued at $10,000.

Prior to relocating to Charlotte, Squires spent eight years in Virginia where she accumulated more than 1,500 volunteer hours in the Sothern Christian Leadership Conference Feeding 5000 Program. She assisted in serving over 10,300 meals.

“That experience was very rewarding,” she said. “It gave me the opportunity to think about someone other than myself and to know how important it is to give back to the community.”

It is a lesson Squires put to use at South Mecklenburg, where she has participated in the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and volunteered at Southminster Retirement Community, visiting veteran residents. Squires also participated in tutoring freshmen who struggle with reading through the Honor and Leadership class.

In addition to carrying a full load of courses at South Meck and being a member of the track team, Squires also holds down a part-time job at Wendy’s.

Squires, who plans to attend Fayetteville State University in the fall to major in business, is the daughter of David R. Squires and Renee Burose Squires.


Posted on May 19, 2014

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