Congratulations to Miss Shelby Collymore, who was presented the Allen Mercer Mayes/Laverne Hadnott Endowed Scholarship award during Wiley's commencement on Saturday, May 7. The $1,000 award is presented to a graduating senior who has excelled academically and who was actively engaged in community service while attending Wiley College. Collymore graduated from Wiley with highest honors and helped other students to perform well by volunteering as a tutor at Sam Houston MiddleSchool, located near Wiley in Marshall, which is her hometown. She is also a Sunday school teacher at her church.
As the student in the Class of 2016 with the highest grade point average, this biology major shared reflections at the commencement ceremony, during which she acknowledged God as her support system, thanked her mother for the love and guidance she provided to her, and thanked Wiley's faculty for pushing her and encouraging her to do her best.
Collymore will begin Medical School in the fall at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She aspires to be a pediatrician. Wiley College is proud of this award winner, future doctor, and emerging servant leader.
In the photo, Miss Collymore is pictured at commencement being presented the Allen Mercer Mayes/Laverne Hadnott Endowed Scholarship by Dr. Glenda F. Carter, Executive Vice President and Provost at Wiley College.
Attending Wiley College and graduating from this institution was a family affair for siblings Susana and Samuel Belmontes, who hail from Juarez, Mexico. Both students earned bachelor's degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Child Development and they were seatmates at Wiley's commencement on May 7.
Susana and Samuel were active in campus life and community service, and they were both members of Wiley's A Cappella Choir. Susana sang in the choir, and Samuel was a musician. As members of the choir they had the opportunity to travel across the country sharing the news of God's love for His children through song. Susana even had the opportunity to meet President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama when the choir performed a holiday concert at the White House in 2012.
Both students were attentive to their studies, and Samuel graduated with honors. They love their college and are proud wildcats.
The future looks bright for these siblings, and Wiley looks forward to seeing all that they will accomplish as they begin new lives as graduates of Wiley College.