Rising freshman wins scholarship
Mona Bailey was awarded the Long Family Scholarship from the Women's Club of Rock Hill June 19 at the Arts Council of York County's annual meeting at the Center for the Arts. Bailey is a rising freshman at Northwestern High and was recently accepted into the drama department of the Discovery Program at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. She has served as president of the drama club and of the International Thespian Society at Rawlinson Road for the past two years and participated in the school's choral department and music theater department. Bailey is the daughter of Tina Bailey and Craig Bailey, both of Rock Hill.
NAACP branch awards graduates
The Western York Branch NAACP awarded Merit Awards for 2008. Recipients were:
• Laron Rosemond Sanders, a graduate of Clover High School, will attend the Bridge to Clemson program in the fall. Sanders is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Sanders.
• Jordan Benn, a graduate of York Comprehensive High School, will attend MIT in Boston in the fall. Benn is the son of Deloris Benn.
• Justin Kershaw, a graduate of York Comprehensive High School, will attend York Tech in the fall. Kershaw is the son of Carolyn Kershaw.
Mrs. South Carolina promoting film
Patti Mercer of Fort Mill has been selected to represent Docurama Films and New Video as a special affiliate promoting "Autism: the Musical." Mercer is Mrs. South Carolina 2008 and a spokesperson for the South Carolina Autism Society and national organization Autism Speaks. Mercer will use the film as an educational tool through community outreach events such as non-admission screenings, fundraisers, support group meetings and online sales of the DVD.
The film follows five Austistic Los Angeles children and their families over the course of six months, capturing the struggles and triumphs of their lives. The film aired this spring on HBO and was short-listed for an Academy Award nomination.
Mercer will represent South Carolina in the Mrs. International Pageant on Friday and Saturday in Chicago.