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The Big 7 Association held its 28th Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet on February 26, 2022, virtually due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. This was their second event organized via the Internet as they felt it was important to continue supporting the educational process. Despite the Coronavirus, our children are still graduating from high school and attending higher education institutions and it is too important for the Big 7 association to give up on.

The group would like to thank everyone who supported it with your donations by going online to watch our banquet video via our website at www.big7association.org. They would also like to thank our sponsors who have bought ads, become scholarship partners, or simply donated their time. Over the past 28 years, they have awarded over $175,000 in scholarships, and in 2022 our students have received a total of $15,500 in scholarships. The scholarship winners this year were Ms. Mia Cohen, Ms. Katelyn Danner, Mr. Daniel Trull, Mr. Terrance Wallace and Mr. Naveon Buxton from Barnwell High School; Ms. Alyssa Brown and Mr. Johnny Dunbar of Williston High School; Mr. Deonte Stanley and Mr. Deon Allen of Blackville-Hilda High School; Ms. Nianne Rivers from Denmark-Olar High School; Mr. Jorell Banks of Bamberg-Ehrhardt; and Ms. Candence Gray and Ms. Ali’Avnna Curry from Allendale-Fairfax High School. Congratulations to all the winners and their families. The Big 7 Association is proud to recognize individuals in the community who have made substantial contributions to business, community service and education. They also present a humanitarian award every year. This year they recognized Ms. Natalia Johnson, Deputy Sheriff Eric Kirkland, Ms. Kimberli Scott Still and Representative Justin Bamberg for community service. Deputy Sheriff Donald Danner received an award recognizing him for setting an example of the importance of education by returning to college and graduating at the age of 66. The Humanitarian Award went to Ms. Donna Moore Wesby of Aiken for her tireless work in the CSRA with informative workshops, radio and television shows called Education Matters, former member of the Aiken County Board of Education as well than several other boards and is now the general manager of WAAW Shout 94.7FM Urban Gospel radio station. Ms. Wesby is also co-founder of Umoja Village www.umojavillage.com.

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Mr. Matthew O’Stricker was our keynote speaker for the banquet. Barnwell is the home of many of O’Stricker’s paternal relatives, including his father, Winston O’Stricker, a 1983 graduate of Barnwell High School. O’Stricker is currently a sophomore at Duke University and serves as president of the Student Government Association. The band felt it was important for our youth to hear from a young man who is moving in a positive direction. Special thanks to Ms. Belinda Parker, Ms. Donna Wesby, contemporary violinist Daniel Davis, national gospel singers The Wardlaw Brothers, South Carolina DHEC, Mr. Dion Washington (videographer), Mr. Gary Meadows (Meadowsmedia.com), National Public Radio journalist Mr. Scott Morgan and musician Mr. Randy Gamble for your video participation. The Big 7 Association’s mission is “One Helping One to Uplift All” and we humbly ask for your continued support by purchasing access to our 28th Annual Scholarship Video for a minimum donation of $5 or more. . Download the video to see our young people speak about their school and their majors. For any business or corporation, you can also become a scholarship partner at any level that suits you. Simply log on to www.big7association.org. You can contact us at [email protected] You can donate through our website, app in cash at $big7association or by mail to PO Box 722, Barnwell SC 29812. We are a 501 c3 tax exempt organization.

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