The Suffolk Foundation is pleased to announce that Destanie Fonoimoana is the winner of both the $5,000 Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship (HMMS) and the $2,500 Col. Fred V. Cherry Scholarship. Destanie, a King’s Fork High School senior resides in the city of Suffolk with her mother, Tiffany Booth. The Mast Scholarship honors Howard D. Mast, who served the city of Suffolk as their Parks and Recreation Director from 1949 until 1966. He was known throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region as “Mr. Tennis”. He served as mentor, teacher, coach, and friend to countless citizens, young and old, in the city of Suffolk and beyond. The Colonel Fred V. Cherry Scholarship was established to honor this highly decorated Vietnam Prisoner of the War, who was born and educated in the city of Suffolk .
In making the selection, the committees reviewed the applicant’s financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities, character, and recommendations. The selection committees were especially impressed with Destanie’s ability to participate in numerous school activities, particularly varsity tennis, golf and swimming, and be able to maintain exceptional academic success. Her leadership skills were very evident in being selected as captain of both the swim and tennis teams.
She was able to balance her extremely challenging course of studies, participate in athletic activities, receive recognition as the most outstanding student in Chemistry, Geometry, and Algebraic Functions and Data. Destanie has been involved as a volunteer both in the community and her church. She attends East End Baptist Church, where she is an active member and officer of the Vision Youth Choir and Youth Usher’s Ministry. In one of Destanie’s letters of reference, based on her many outstanding characteristics, the teacher stated that she had no other choice but to refer to her as “phenomenal”.
It was obvious to the Scholarship Committees Destanie is a firm believer in the philosophy that nothing worthwhile can be gained without dedication and hard work, a philosophy that was exhibited by both Col. Fred V. Cherry and Mr. Howard D. Mast. The committees felt Destanie demonstrates this philosophical attribute in everything she undertakes. Destanie will be an Honor Graduate this spring and has been accepted and plans to attend Old Dominion University next year. The scholarship awards will be sent directly to Old Dominion University.
Congratulations to Destanie FonoImoana for her past achievements and the Foundation wishes her much success in the future.