MEET ORNELLA MAKOLO
June 12, 2019
Ornella Makolo was presented with a Park Scholarship given to a graduating Senior. Stacey Weinstein, Communities in Schools Coordinator, explained that Ornella "has overcome obstacles that most adults will never have to face and she has emerged a victor through the journey. Her plight has seen the depths of what homelessness looks like . . . and she has had to provide additional support to her mom as she cares for her brother who lives with severe autism."
Ornella achieved the highest ranking position in the JROTC, and served on Myers Park's DREAM Team. She volunteers her time in reading with elementary students, and generally serves as an exemplary role model. Ornella will attend Winston Salem State University.
Excerpt from Ornella's Farewell Letter to Myers Park:
...Thank you for giving me a breath of life and a mindset to overcome all challenges. I won't be gone forever. I'll be back to visit because I've gained a family here.
There are many representations of faces here in this school, but at the end of the day, we are one school, one community and one family. Thank you for allowing me to be the first generation to go to college and most importantly, thank you for never giving up on me and believing in me, when I didn't believe in myself.
I can't wait to go out into the world headstrong and constantly evolving into a person who wants to absorb as much knowledge as possible....
I am proud to be a Myers Park Alumna. I am proud to be a Mustang. Once a Mustang, always a Mustang. I'll see you later Myers Park.
Meet Eric Maxwell
March 11, 2019 / Maura D
In June 2018, the Foundation presented an award to outstanding Mustangs Matter student Eric Maxwell, pictured here with his family. When he joined Mustangs Matter, Eric explained that he wanted to develop his leadership skills and he has actively worked toward that goal. He was instrumental in a carnation sale fundraiser to support Myers Park's Best Buddies Club. He was a little shy at first as he approached groups of students on campus to promote the effort, but became more comfortable and was key to the fundraiser's success. Eric has challenged himself academically, enrolling in honors classes for the first time, while also working hard to face several personal challenges. Eric will be one to watch as he continues his high school career, and serves as a role model for other Mustangs Matter students.