GoBeGreat Award Winners and Their Stories

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Laurel Jones – Scholarship Winner 2021

Laurel Jones The National Cheerleaders Association awarded Laurel Jones the Go Be Great Award for her Leadership and hardworking spirit. As an Honor Roll and advanced placement student, Laurel is no stranger to putting in the work that it takes to be great! Cheerleading has always been a huge part of her journey. As far...
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Melina Fedewa – Scholarship Winner 2021

Melina Fedewa Melina Fedewa received the 2021 Go Be Great Scholarship through the National Cheerleading Association. She has many accolades including National Honor Society, Principal’s Leadership Council, and National Technical Honor Society. Melina is a leader in her community and on her cheerleading team. She explained in an article on Varsity.com exactly what cheerleading has...
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Riley Damiano – Scholarship Winner 2021

Riley Damiano Rhodes College Memphis, TN   Riley started a nonprofit called the Blue Lollipop Project in honor of a little boy named Tyler Lewis Campbell. To date she has raised more than $22,000 for pediatric cancer research and sent more than 22,000 blue lollipops to children in hospitals across the country! She hopes to...
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Jaida Younger – Scholarship Winner 2021

Jaida Younger East Texas Baptist University Marshall, TX   The journey to greatness is not always easy. It requires perseverance and determination when the road gets tough. Jaidakiss Younger details her story of overcoming self-doubt in order to be her very best. Like many of us, her first semester of college was not as simple...
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Halle-Jane Begwin – Scholarship Winner 2021

Halle-Jane Begwin Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX   Halle- Jane Begwin demonstrates greatness everyday as she works toward getting her nursing degree! The pandemic was an eye-opening experience for Halle as it gave her time to reflect on what she wants out of life and how to obtain it. On top of her studies, she...
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Cameron Jones – Scholarship Winner 2021

Cameron Jones Kansas State University Manhattan, KS   “If you want to create a lifetime of happiness and joy for yourself, all you have to do is help someone else.” Cameron Jones lives by this philosophy daily and in doing so has inspired countless others to do the same. In the heartbreaking wake of two...
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Amber Merrell – Scholarship Winner 2021

Amber Merrell Northeastern State University Tahlequah   Amber Merrel is a Kindergarten teacher in a school outside of Tulsa, OK. Throughout her 10 years of teaching she has received numerous awards, but she continues to push herself to be the best leader she can be. She uses Go Be Great as a mantra in her...
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Salena King – Scholarship Winner 2021

Salena King Oklahoma State University City, State: Stillwater, OK   Meet Salena King! As a doctoral student from Oklahoma State University, she is studying Human Development and Family science in hopes of becoming a child trauma professor and a consultant for DHS. She has a special connection to Go Be Great as her story began...
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Paige Bell – Scholarship Winner 2021

Paige Bell College of Charleston   The 2021 Class of GoBeGreaters is happy to welcome Paige Bell!   Paige has an extraordinary, “rise from the ashes” story of perseverance and determination. While she details a challenging childhood, Paige took charge of her perspective and turned her life into a mission of greatness.   “ I...
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