On April 6, 2014 Summer Davis, a fifth grade student at Ross Elementary was honored at an Awards Banquet in Baltimore Maryland as a Carson Scholar. Recognized among over 500 students from across the nation, Summer received the prestigious award for her academic excellence and her service to her community.
Dr. Ben Carson, founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, presented the awards to successful recipients during the event. In 1994 the Carson family became “alarmed” by a survey that placed United States’ middle school students next-to-last in math and science compared to their peers worldwide. Now in the 18th year of awards, more than 6,200 scholarships have been chosen over 50 states. This year there were 510 new Carson Scholars and 704 recognized Scholars.
Each Carson Scholar must meet strict criteria including a minimum of a 3.75 grade point average but they also must serve their community. To be considered for the scholarship, Summer competed against her peers at Lulu Ross Elementary in an essay contest where each student was asked to answer the question of what makes them superior. She wrote about her experience of playing the piano since 2009, when she was only five-years-old. Playing at home, in school and at church, Summer has earned several statuettes and certificates for her musical talent.
“If you play an instrument in school, you tend to be better at math or reading because music helps your brain by helping it to be more active,” wrote Davis in her essay. “I always listen to music when I am doing my homework because it helps me focus on the important things.”
In addition to playing the piano, Summer also plays the bells in the school band and plans to continue her musical interests as she enters Milford Central Academy next year. Summer is an active member in the 4H and Special Olympics of Delaware in school programs and volunteers for community programs that support research for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s disease. This year alone she has put in over 450 community service hours. Taking photographs for the several clubs she is involved with, she is interested in pursuing a career in photography while also painting the pictures that she takes.
“I have photographed a lot of activities in 4H like cooking and taking care of animals,” commented Davis. I am excited to learn from the art teacher at the Central Academy, she is nice and teaches a lot of different forms of art.”
Her mother and father, Trisha and Mark, are proud of their daughter’s recognition as a Carson Scholar but also the hard work that Summer displays on a daily basis. “I was pretty proud of her and we had a wonderful time at the award banquet,” commented Trish. “It was an amazing experience and I hope that more kids have the opportunity to participate in the Carson Scholar program.”
Summer will receive a $1,000 college scholarship award, and is eligible to renew this award until she graduates from high school. Summer Davis is one of only 11 new recipients of this award from the State of Delaware. Two former Ross students, Kendra Kimmey and Keegan Andersen were also at the banquet receiving their renewed scholarships.