Announcing the 2019 Devin Smith Scholars

On May 23rd at Central Senior Honors Night, the Devin Smith Scholarship Foundation awarded two scholarships to Isis Giles Jordan and Alaysia Duncan! Please join us in congratulating these two incredibly talented and creative students!

Isis Giles Jordan, Mary Bolkcom (Devin’s Mom & DSSF Board Chair), Alaysia Duncan

Isis Giles Jordan, Mary Bolkcom (Devin’s Mom & DSSF Board Chair), Alaysia Duncan

Alaysia Duncan

In her application, Alaysia described writing as her "first love." That sentiment certainly came across in the nine original pieces she submitted, ranging from poems to monologues to essays, with each more impressive than the last. Beyond her writing, Alaysia's recommender also characterized her as a natural leader, noting her ability to help peers understand difficult content. Building on her experiences in the Central auditorium, Alaysia will be studying acting at Ithaca College.

Isis Giles-Jordan

In the letter of recommendation submitted for her, Isis is described as "a force." This quickly became apparent through her application, where Isis laid out her vision for using film to inspire social change. As she wrote, she wants to make movies about "black people as poets, Muslim people as firefighters and same-sex couples in love. Movies that will break stereotypes and reflect the diverse community that we have across America." We have no doubt that Isis will succeed in achieving this vision and we are so excited to be a part of supporting it.