Posted by Don Moore on January 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm under High School | Read the First Comment


GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four Greensboro high school students were awarded the Bill Lee Scholarship during the 34th annual Pizza Hut Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank, it was announced today. The Greensboro Sports Council awards the $1,000 scholarships during this annual high school basketball tournament.

The Bill Lee Memorial Scholarship was established by the Greensboro Sports Council following Lee’s death in 2001. Recipients are nominated by the schools participating in the Pizza Hut Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank each year, and the Greensboro Sports Council awards the scholarships. Each nomination is considered with the following criteria: 40% academic, 40% athletic and 20% civic. Four student-athletes receive a scholarship each year; the following winners bring the total number of scholarships awarded to 32.

Dylan Berry, Northern Guilford High School: team captain in junior and senior years; National Honor Society; Guilford County honor roll; volunteers for 48 Hour Famine and Soup Kitchen; considering UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington and Emory University.

Kelly Carty, Greensboro Day School: team captain and three-year, varsity-letter winner; Governor’s School; National Honor Society; Cum Laude Member; National Merit Scholarship Letter of Recommendation; volunteers at Cone Hospital, Greensboro Beautiful and Reading Connections; considering Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University and Duke University.

Chevena Pickard, Page High School: team captain, all conference and all district in 2008; honor roll 2008 and ’09; president of Smart Club; treasurer of Photography Club; member of Community Service Club and Random Acts of Kindness; volunteers for the Salvation Army and the Greensboro Urban Ministry; considering East Carolina University, Methodist University and High Point University.

Kelly Tessitore, Northern Guilford High School; team captain; all conference 2008 and ’09; all district 2009; all conference in Soccer in 2009; National Honor Society; National Beta Club; A Honor Roll; President’s Award for Educational Excellence; volunteers for Interfaith Hospitality, the Salvation Army, Little Nighthawk Camp and Northern Elementary School Blood Drive; considering Davidson College, Furman University and UNC-Chapel Hill.

“We are very proud of these four impressive student athletes,” Greensboro Sports Council president Dwight Stone said. “We chose from some outstanding nominees this year; these are great kids who clearly have bright futures ahead of them. We are very happy to be able to help with some of their college expenses.”

Bill Lee was a major advocate of Greensboro’s downtown revitalization and development and a major part of Greensboro’s professional baseball efforts. In 2000, as a general partner of Greensboro’s Minor League team, he was instrumental in negotiating a contract extension with the New York Yankees through the 2002 season. A new baseball stadium in downtown Greensboro was dream and vision that Lee championed as an owner of the local team. A plaque honoring Lee’s many contributions to professional baseball in Greensboro adorns the outside of the Edgeworth Street wall of NewBridge Bank Park downtown.

The Pizza Hut Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank is an annual high school basketball tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Founded in 1976 as the Little 4, the tournament features men’s and women’s teams representing eight Guilford County high schools playing at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Special Events Center. Because it is an invitational tournament, teams can change each year, but teams can also remain the same from year-to-year. One hundred percent of tournament proceeds are donated to local charities and the participating schools; the Pizza Hut Invitational is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council.

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    Congratulations to all of the recipients of these awards. These are accomplishments to be proud of. It is good to see our young people excel in so many areas.