Jack Blakelock 2019 Scholarship Recipient
Each year the Snow Hill Area Chamber of Commerce awards a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior of Snow Hill High School, who will major in business as they move on to college. This year the scholarship was awarded to Jack Blakelock, who will be attending Salisbury University in the fall.
Jack’s teachers speak very highly of him. Mrs. Shelly Jackson of the Worcester County Board of Education stated, “He is the atypical teenage boy who will go out of his way to open a door, lend a hand, or offer a smile or words of encouragement to every single person he encounters.” Snow Hill High School Band Director, Mr. Matt Haelig stated, “Taking tasks upon himself for the betterment of the band is just one of many great qualities about Jack. He is the type of student that works for the benefit of the band without needing to be prompted. I’ve seen him befriend new members outside of band class in an effort to make them feel more comfortable in class. He comes to extra rehearsals to help other students when it is not required of him to be in attendance. And I can always count on him to lead a small group in rehearsal or practice when necessary.”
Not only has Jack impressed his teachers, with his caring and outgoing disposition, he has also shown a great care for his community. He has been involved in organizations such as 4-H, Worcester County Fair and Wreaths Across America, just to name a few. He has spent many hours volunteering his time at the local nursing homes such as Harrison House in Snow Hill and Hartley Hall in Pocomoke. He has been involved in the Appalachian Service Project where he has taken pride in helping to build an addition on a home for a family living in poor conditions. He has also volunteered at Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum in Snow Hill where he spent countless hours building a handicapped-friendly boardwalk. About this project, Jack stated, “…I was ecstatic to see the finished product, to finally drill that last screw into the last board of my project. Now I can go to Furnace Town, with anyone I want, and get to say, “I built that.” That gives me an extreme sense of accomplishment, and I hope that I can continue to serve others in my future life as I am now.”
Jack is the middle child of Kassie & Bear Blakelock of Snow Hill. The Snow Hill Area Chamber of Commerce is confident he will continue to make his parents and his community proud as he moves on to the next chapter of his life. Keep up the great work, Jack!