The Stand On A Better World Scholarship is awarded to high school graduates looking to continue their education. While in high school the student has exemplified core values that Mannington strives towards while making a positive difference in the world. Mannington takes great pride in giving back the community.
Mannington congratulates the 2013 Stand On A Better World Scholarship recipients:
Devon Suiter is from Mannington, New Jersey and attends Salem High School. She was inspired by her family to give back, starting at a young age. The Suiter Family volunteers its time in the community because they believe it is important to show gratitude by helping others. Devon volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, where she spent time with a little girl named Rachel. The time spent with Rachel allowed for Rachel’s parents to relax while dealing with their daughter’s hectic hospital schedule. Devon has learned that “one small task, perfectly timed, can fill a huge need. One individual, one hour, one dollar..can make a difference. And many little, insignificant acts, performed by a community of individuals, can do a world of good.” Through small acts of kindness Devon as well as Mannington is striving to make a difference by giving back which is why she is receiving a Stand On A Better World Scholarship.
Jessie Keen from Woodstown, New Jersey, attends Woodstown High School. She will be receiving a Stand On A Better World Scholarship because of her countless hours and devotion to helping her community one life at a time. Jessie is a member of the Alloway Township Ambulance Corps, Inc. and the Alloway Township Fire Company. She was inspired to join these teams in honor of her late sister who passed away in a car accident. Jessie realized how precious life is and wanted to be a part of the teams who give people a second chance. Jessie is seen as a valuable member to the Alloway Township community and looks to her fellow team members for constant support and motivation every day.
Lauren VanDerwerken from Pittsgrove, New Jersey, attends Arthur P. Schalick High School. Lauren, is always looking for new opportunities to give back. She was inspired by a story she once read, The Last Leaf, and has never forgotten the lesson she learned from it. The lesson is that no matter how small of an act of kindness is, it means the world to another. Lauren volunteers in her community by helping her church, writing playbills for the school musical, mentoring elementary students, practicing her photography, offering clean up services after hurricanes, helping with the BloodMobile, and running youth camps. Lauren is very busy but never forgets the life lesson along the way. Lauren is receiving a Stand On A Better World Scholarship because she stands out amongst her community for her great leadership and motivation to help many others.
Todd Batten Jr. who is from Monroeville, New Jersey and attends Woodstown High School, is a recipient of this scholarship because he exemplifies Mannington’s core values by helping many people in both inside and outside of his community. He has helped to build homes for Habitat for Humanity, build kennels for animals at a Juvenile Correction Facility, collected food for the less fortunate, cleaned streets with both the Boys and Girls Scouts and has helped those experience life in the outdoors. He has impacted the lives of others around him with his warm heart desire to help people in need. Todd was rewarded with a Stand On A Better World Scholarship because he is seen a good leader and understands the importance of giving back.
Mariah Pierce from Woodstown, New Jersey attends Salem High School and says she is inspired by her community and past experiences to see the bigger picture of life and to help those in need. She inspires others academically to push themselves to the next level by setting up study groups for Study-A-Thon and works on team building when it comes to math, science, and engineering design. Mariah is also a member of the National Honor Society. Whether is spending time helping students study, collecting food and clothes for the less fortunate, or teaching at a church Mariah is always looking to lend a hand to her community which makes her an excellent recipient for the Stand On A Better World Scholarship.