FLINT, Michigan (WJRT) - (08/04/2017) - The hopes and dreams of area high school students were on full display Friday night.
ABC12's Amy Hybels followed three students who did their best to convince a panel of judges that they're serious about setting and achieving goals for their future.
Fifteen students from five different high schools took the stage with one goal in mind, convincing a 3-judge panel they have a vision for their future.
"My name is Lindsey Dellinger, I'm from Flushing High School, and I want to be a graphic designer."
18-year old Lindsey Dellinger will be attending MSU in the Fall. The Senior, who carried a 3.79 GPA focused on two key points while presenting her vision board to the judges as part of the Flint International Dream Center's "Vision Board Contest" for scholarshio money:
"I'm creative," she explained, "you have to work hard to reach your goals."
"My name is David Rogers, I am 14 years old, and I'm going to be attending Grand Blanc High School."
14-year old David Rogers says music is his calling, singing a refrain from one of his favorite tunes for us.
The high school freshman, who loves to sing is studying piano, with plans to attend Columbia College in Chicago.
"My name is Nia Mabry , I'm from Flushing High School, and my dream job is to be an obstetrician-gynecologist."
16-year old Nia Mabry will be a junior this year, and she's already eyeing U-of-M Flint for pre-med.
"So how did you do," we asked after she presented her vision board before the judges. "I did great," she replied, "I thought I did great."
The judges agreed. She tied with Courtni Jones for second place, and won a $500.00 scholarship on a coin toss. Jones took home a $250.00 scholarship.
We asked Mabry how she planned to spend the $500.00 check.
"I'm going to save it to buy a car...and just keep saving.
Pearls of wisdom from a 16-year old.
Both Dellinger and Rogers won $250.00 dollar scholarships.
First place winner Bryce Keels--who plans to attend U of M Flint this fall, took home a one-thousand dollar scholarship which he says he plans to put to good use:
"It's going to be spent on my education , I'm trying to be a neurosurgeon ,so that's what it's going to go towards," he explained.
The Flint International Dream Center gave away a total of $4,000 in scholarship money which the students are allowed to spend how they see fit.
The event coordinator, Pastor Michael Stone tells ABC 12 News the scholarships were made available thanks to the generosity of the Lawrence Moon Funeral Home, a grant from the Tobias Harris School of Business Mentoring, Power of God Ministries, as well as other donors.