Donna McCullough Chamber scholarship awarded

Published 7:14 pm Friday, July 26, 2019

By Teresa B. Beale


Anthony Ona was recently awarded the Donna C. McCullough Chamber Scholarship. This scholarship provides recognition for involvement and service to the community, demonstrated leadership and academic achievement.

Enrolled in honors and academic curriculum classes, Anthony maintained a high GPA while at Southampton High School and was a member of the National Beta Club, National Honor Society and the National Key Club. He also participated in concert band, cross county and soccer. As an active member of St. Jude Parish, Anthony was a classroom assistant, acolyte/alter server, lector, cross bearer and served as the youth liaison on the Parrish council.

During a six-year period, he volunteered over 800 service hours with the YMCA Leaders Club. He also held leadership positions on the Executive Board. Additionally, Anthony gave many volunteer hours for Knights of Columbus and Relay for Life organizations.

Starting in the first grade with Cub Scout pack 27, Anthony developed a passion for scouting. Notable achievements include: Attained Eagle Scout with five Eagle Palms; camped 99 nights; hiked 119 miles; received Order of the Arrow (BSA National Honor Society); attended National Jamboree; completed Philmont Arrowhead Scout Ranch Expedition; and earned the Arrow of Light Award. He also served in several leadership roles as patrol & troop quartermaster, patrol leader and junior assist scoutmaster.

In a letter of recommendation, “His maturity and politeness is almost unheard of now. It is because of these prestigious qualities that Anthony has become the successful young man he is today. He is an enthusiastic and passionate leader and volunteer, building up his peers and making a positive difference in his world.”

Anthony is the son of Alex and Maria Ona, MD and will attend Virginia Military Institute this fall.

TERESA B. BEALE is the executive director of the Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at 562-4900.