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Foundation appoints Patrick Beaver Scholars

HICKORY — The Patrick Beaver Scholarship Foundation board has announced the 2022 scholarship recipients. They are Mariah Culpepper, Paige Furr, Nolan Heath, Sarah Lingle, Erica Maggio and Chialy Xiong.

The Patrick Beaver Scholarship Foundation is a private foundation that distributes four-year college scholarships each spring to deserving students. The foundation is named after Patrick Beaver, a Hickory native, who attended Hickory Public Schools and was a rising senior at Christ School in Arden when he died in 1997.

Patrick Beaver Scholars must possess strong character, strong academics, and clear educational goals. Applications are accepted each spring from local high school students. Each recipient receives a college scholarship totaling $12,000 over a four-year period.

Mariah Culpepper, a 2022 graduate of Discovery High School, will attend Duke University in the fall and plans to major in biology leading to a master’s degree in genetic counseling. While attending Discovery High School, Mariah was a member of many clubs including Yearbook, Diversity, Robotics, and Drama. Additionally, she founded a social awareness club called BIPOC Conversations. She was also a member of the BETA Club, serving as president in her senior year and vice president of the Catawba County Youth Council. As a junior, she served as a junior marshal and was selected for the Governor’s School of Social Studies. Mariah received awards and recognition through her participation in group and theater productions during her time at Discovery. Mariah has a total of 317 hours of community service serving others at school and in her community. She is the daughter of Martha Evans and Kyle Culpepper.

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Paige Furr, a 2022 graduate of Discovery High School, will attend Appalachian State University in the fall and plans to major in business/psychology. While attending Discovery High School, Paige served as a junior marshal and is a member of the National Honors Society and the BETA Club and received the President’s Award for Excellence in Education. She was named to the Catawba Valley Community College Deans List for grades 11 and 12. Paige has played on the school’s varsity tennis and volleyball teams and is a member of the volleyball club. Paige has served as a youth council representative for Concordia Lutheran Church and is a member of the Environmental Conservation and Outdoors Club. In addition to her studies and school activities, Paige has received numerous awards for her involvement in Girl Scouts USA and has volunteered as an assistant leader of the Girls Scout USA Brownie Troop and volunteered at Camp Linn. Haven during Teen Servant Week for two summers. Paige is the daughter of Tina and Brad Furr.

Nolan Heath, A 2022 graduate of Alexander Central High School, he will attend East Tennessee State University and plans to major in bluegrass music. While at Alexander Central, Nolan served as a member of the Beta Club (currently Co-Chair), Future Farmers of America (currently Sentinel), DECA and Navy Junior ROTC in ninth grade, choir, guidance team, and CTE forestry and horticulture teams. . Nolan has been active in the Boy Scouts of America since fourth grade, earning his Eagle Scout in 2021. He is an active member of his church’s youth group and has been involved in 4-H since elementary school. He was a member of the Alexander Central High varsity cross country and track and field teams throughout his high school career and currently holds the school’s pole vault record. Nolan is a self-taught musician and plays several string instruments. He has performed in the Talent Review at 4-H State Congress and talent shows at the Beta State Convention, in addition to providing bluegrass music at Alexander County’s Farm to Table Banquet. Nolan is the son of Melody and Brian Heath from the Bethlehem community.

Sarah Lingle, A 2022 graduate of Fred T. Foard High School, he will attend Appalachian State University in the fall and plans to major in economics. While attending Fred T. Foard High School, Sarah was a member of the Beta Club, where she volunteered for several community service projects. Sarah is also a Fellow of the National Technical Honors Society and a Fellow of the National Society of High School Scholars. Sarah was a varsity volleyball team leader for three years, leading her team to the state championship in 2019 and 2021. Sarah interned with Foard’s athletic department, completing several marketing projects. She has volunteered at various school fundraisers and has organized and volunteered at youth volleyball camps. Sarah is the daughter of Stephanie Dellinger and Nathan Lingle.

Erica Maggio, A 2022 graduate of Bandys High School, he will attend Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the fall and plans to major in film and television arts and hopes to get into film production and television. While at Bandys High School, Erica was a member of the Beta Club, National Art Honors Society, Drama Club, International Thespian Society, Multicultural Club, and played soccer. As a junior, Erica was awarded Best Screenplay at the North Carolina Filmworks competition. Outside of school, she volunteers in community theatre, at summer camp as a youth soccer counselor and at her church. Erica is the daughter of Victor and Linda Maggio.

Chialy Xiong, A 2022 graduate of Challenger Early College High School, he will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall and plans to major in biology. She is interested in volunteering with Médecins Sans Frontières before going to graduate school. While attending Challenger Early College High School, Chialy was a member of the Student Government Association, where she served as the Junior Class Representative and is now Senior Vice President. She also served as a high school chemistry lab assistant for two years and was one of two students to serve on a countywide panel to address school improvement plans. She attended the North Carolina Governors School for Natural Sciences and served as a junior marshal. Chialy has also won honors at the North Carolina Beta Convention in fiber art and jewelry and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Chialy is the choreographer and performs with the Hmong dance group – Sib Sua Yaj Yaum. She also volunteers at international cultural events. Chialy is the daughter of Mee Chang and Kee Xiong.

Dino J. Dotson