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High Point Student Leadership Awards 2022

High Point Schools Partnership honored 6 extraordinary High School students – one from each GCS school in High Point. Participants heard their stories and celebrated their successes as they looked toward their future.

Hosted at the String and Splinter in High Point, guests heard inspiring stories from students and principals about what success looks like during a pandemic. We also heard from High Point community leaders and members of the High Point Schools Partnership.

For the 10th year in a row, participants were joined by our event sponsors. Joe Hubay, from High Point Jewelers and Fine Gifts, and Gary Simon, Simon Jewelers, who aided in the award presentation.

From Left to Right – Gary Simons (Simon Jewelers), Marcel Bailey (T. Wingate Andrews High School), Hannah Elizabeth Covey (Penn-Griffin School for the Arts), Edinam Joy Woka (Southwest Guilford High School), Vilayvanh Phanhvanh (High Point Central High School), Wilnedia Florveus (Middle College at GTCC High Point), Matt Thiel (High Point Schools Partnership)

Vilayvanh Phanhvanh – High Point Central High School 

Vilayvanh Phanhvanh is a personable, hardworking, positive, and self-motivated senior at High Point Central High School. Her parents are still in her home country of Laos. At HPC she is on the Girls Soccer team, Student Government, Interact Club, and Gay-Straight Alliance and is also dual-enrolled while taking classes at GTCC and HPC. In the fall, she plans to attend Appalachian State University, her dream school, where she has already been accepted to major in Psychology.

Liana Herrera-Sanchez – Kearns Academy at Central

Liana Herrera-Sanchez, is a highly involved senior at Kearns Academy at Central. She has maintained a high GPA while enrolled in all AP courses offered at Kearns, in addition to additional college courses. It is very apparent when you talk to Liana that she is motivated to help others.  Liana has volunteered many hours at Open Door Ministries here in High Point and volunteered in buddy walks to raise awareness and funds for autism and breast cancer. She earned the role of salutatorian while also working part-time at Panera Bread and earning her Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) license. Liana has been accepted into the Honors College at UNCG and looks forward to the challenges of majoring in biology and continuing on to become a Physician’s Assistant (PA).

Edinam Joy Woka – Southwest Guilford High School 

Edinam Joy Woka is a High Point Student Leader at Southwest Guilford High School. She works hard in all classes and spends extra time finding resources outside of class material that will assist her in being successful. Edinam was a member of the Leadership class and helps in any way that she can with school-wide events. She is involved in school sports and has a great attitude and sportsmanship. Edinam is not only a student leader on the Volleyball court but also in the classroom. Edinam is a true leader and an all-around great student in her own right.

Wilnedia Florveus – Middle College at GTCC High Point

Wilnedia Florveus is a focused and confident senior at the Middle College at GTCC High Point. She is very intrinsically motivated to be successful in all her endeavors. Wilnedia will pursue a Business Management degree as a first step toward her MBA. She also is working on a real estate license. Wilnedia has a long-term goal of lifting her community and providing premium business spaces for minority business owners. This is a young lady that is truly going places! She never accepts less than her best and will be an amazing change agent in the future.

Hannah Elizabeth Covey – Penn Griffin School for the Arts 

Hannah Elizabeth Covey is an outstanding student leader at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts. She has participated in the Dual Enrollment program from Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) during her junior and senior years and achieved “A” Honor Roll each semester at PGSA as well as the GTCC President’s List for a 4.0 GPA for three semesters. Hannah is the Senior President for Student Government and has been a member of Girl Scouts for the past twelve years. She serves as President of the International Thespian Society at PGSA. Hannah will be attending George Mason University in the fall majoring in nursing.

Marcel Bailey – T. Wingate Andrews High School

Marcel Bailey has become a shining star at T. Wingate Andrews High School. Even through personal struggles, Marcel made education a priority. He not only led on the football field but in the classroom as well. Marcel lifts up his classmates, leading by example, and pushing others to do better. Even when he couldn’t participate in athletics, he volunteered his time to help others. In the community, he holds down a part-time job while keeping his grades up in order to help his Aunt, who he lives with, take care of their home and bills. He even helps his younger sister with whatever she may need. In the school halls, Marcel can be seen motivating others to get to class on time, turn in assignments on time, and be better overall scholars.