Four graduating seniors from Pasadena high schools were awarded academic scholarships by Zeta Tau Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Eugene Quishenberry, chairman of the scholarship committee announced the awards during traditional school ceremonies.
Twelve graduating senior students submitted applications and four were selected to receive scholarships. Criteria used to select the students included: GPA of 3.0 or better, outstanding service to school and community, sound character and high moral values, financial need, willingness to be interviewed, and intention to enter an accredited college or university. The recipients are Brice Anthony Hill, Blair; Devin Keith Bennett and Adonai B. Haile, Marshall Fundamental; and Matthew Eric Vine from Pasadena High.
Brice Anthony Hill is described by one of his teachers as a "serious and conscientious young student scholar" who regularly and consistently completed all of the homework assignments and participated in class discussions. He was active in the schools athletic program - playing power forward or center for the schools basketball team and found time to participate in community based volunteer activities.
Brice was an honor roll student and recipient of several honors and awards including: Deans List, Pasadena Achievement Student Success Award; National Honor Society Award and received the Basketball - Most Improved Award. Brice is the son of Brock and Laurie Hill and lives in West Covina.
Devin Keith Bennett is described by his counselor as "serious about his studies and career," he has always been "a dedicated student and good friend to his peers. He was very involved in school activities and an active member of the Key Club International; Outstanding Young Black Scholars; Early Academic Outreach Program; Varsity Football; Junior Varsity Football; and Team Future Travel Basketball program.
Devin was involved in Community service as a participant in the Catholic Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program as well as the Jubilee Christian Faith Center and Youth program. He is the son of Darryl and Monique Bennett of Altadena and looks forward to attending the University of Nevada, Reno.
Adonai B. Haile is described by Principal Keith Derrick as "someone who has the rare combination of ability, responsibility, social concern, and personal rapport" who possesses "maturity and wisdom that belies his youth." He was involved in school activity as a peer mediator - helping fellow students resolve their problems with others, giving tours to parents who were trying to enroll their children at Marshall and importantly raising funds for individuals who have been afflicted with sickness and disease including aids, and cancer.
Adonai has received commendations as a participant in the National Leadership Congress where he accompanied a student group to Washington, DC to represent the program to congress. He lives in Pasadena and is the son of Kaleab Haile. He looks forward to attending UC Riverside.
Matthew Eric Vine a graduate of Pasadena High School has entered the University of Southern California to study engineering. While a study at Pasadena High School, he was active in extra-curricular activities including track and field, Internet Community Service, West Los Angeles Wellness Community, as well as the school's student newspaper. Vines also received his share of honors and awards; he is a National Youth Leadership Conference Scholar, a Finalist for recognition by the Passé Foundation, and was an honor roll student. Matthew lives in Los Angeles and is the son of Ms. Denise Roberts.