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Willie Bradshaw Scholarship Award Winners

By NCHSAA, 05/19/16, 1:30PM EDT

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Both Khalil Gary and Kleo Tores are named Willie Bradshaw Endowed Scholarship Winners

CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the winners of the Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The Willie Bradshaw Endowed Scholarship provides $750 of scholarship support to an outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native and/orAsian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American student-athlete participating on a sanctioned varsity team at an NCHSAA member school. In addition to the $750 to each student, one male and one female recipient will receive an additional $1000 award at the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting held on Thursday, May 5 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

This year there are ten winners from across the state: Khadijah Daniels from D.H. Conley High School, Kleo Torres & Khalil Gary from Southeast Raleigh High School, Dametrah Lewis from Union Pines High School, Germaine McNeil from Whiteville High School, Rachel Salinas from West Davidson High School, Christian Ritter from Eastern Randolph High School, Demetrius Hill from Kings Mountain High School, Jalyn Ramseur from Newton-Conover High School, and Jose Robles from North Henderson High School.

Khalil Gary is a senior at Southeast Raleigh High School ticketed for George Mason University in the fall where he plans to study Criminal Justice. As a member of the Men’s Cross Country team and Track & Field, he has been on the Greater Neuse Conference Academic All-Conference team all four years, while earning All-Conference honors in each of his final three seasons. As a junior Gary won the NCHSAA 4A State Championship as a member of the Bulldogs 4 X 800 relay team. He spends spare time with family, roller skating, playing X-box or working as a Wake Forest Police Explorer.

Kleo Torres is a senior at Southeast Raleigh High School competing in indoor and outdoor track. She was all-conference in both sports for each year she has competed with the outdoor track season still outstanding. Torres enjoys action movies and hanging out with friends. A remarkable story of perseverance and determination, Torres talked about her high school career by saying, “Not many students can say they attended four different schools and lived in four different homes.” She continued, “Everyone has a background, and mine was bumpy. It’s not my background that is important to me, it is my progress.” Torres hopes to attend University of Kentucky and study Digital Communications & Multimedia.