Town honors Scottlin Davis as Good Neighbor of the Year.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) has recognized Scottlin Davis as the 2013 Good Neighbor of the Year youth award winner.
Mayor Vivian Jones presented the award during Sunday’s Good Neighbor Day at Holding Park. HRC member Dr. Bill Slater made the announcement.
“We celebrate this, we’re excited about it, and the one we are acknowledging today represents the very best of our community,” he said.
“I’m pastor of Wake Forest Baptist and I’m very biased. She is one of our very best at Wake Forest …” Slater added. “She is just is an all-star in every kind of way: in our church, in our community and in school.”
A senior at Wake Forest High School, Davis is actively involved in several community organizations, including the Wake Forest Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and the Wake Forest Baptist Church Youth Council.
A four-term member of the YAB, Davis has marked trails at E. Carroll Joyner Park, helped paint the restrooms at the Holding Park pool and collected used coats during last year’s YAB coat drive.
“We hope to continue to grow the coat drive,” she said after the presentation.
As a member of the Youth Council at Wake Forest Baptist Church, she has directed and participated in a number of youth activities, including a 10-day mission trip to New Orleans in July.
While maintaining a 4.0 grade point average and playing on her school’s basketball and volleyball teams, Davis has worked with the Wake Forest Kiwanis Club to collect school supplies for less fortunate children, participated in her family’s hot dog ministry and organized last June’s Slam Jam Basketball Tournament in the town’s East End community.
She has also volunteered at the Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club.
Davis appeared humbled to receive the recognition.
“It’s an honor,” the 17-year-old said. “It’s definitely something I’m proud of.”
She’s still looking at colleges, but hopes to study psychology. Whatever her pursuit, it’s a good bet she’ll work community service into her post-high school life.
“I’ll continue to be involved,” she stated.
The HRC originally planned to award a Good Neighbor of the Year winner in the adult category during Sunday’s event but did not receive any nominations. In response, HRC Chair Henrietta Coursey urged residents to be mindful of deserving friends and neighbors.
“We look forward to continuing our tradition of presenting a Good Neighbor Award in the adult category next year and hope residents will send in nominations for 2014,” she said.
The HRC created the Good Neighbor of the Year Award to recognize Wake Forest residents who make exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
The program is also designed to honor those who make a difference in the community without seeking or receiving recognition for their service.