The 2012 Myrtle Beach Marathon Scholarship winners are: Yohan Lee, Yessence Lewis, and Julianna Martel.
Yohan Lee, a two-sport Carolina Forest High School graduate, wrestled and was captain of the swim team. He served as President of the Beta Club and Co-President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as Concertmaster of the Orchestra and Publicist of the National Honor Society. He was also a member of the Math Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. An accomplished musician in violin, piano and guitar, Yohan played in a weekly worship band for Carolina Forest Community Church. His other interests include soccer, basketball, football, robotics, and computer programming. He currently attends Clemson University.
Yessence Lewis served as student body president at St. James High School where she was also varsity cheerleading captain and parliamentarian of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA). She was a member of the National Honors Society, International Club, School Improvement Council and Superintendent’s Student Council. In addition to school activities, Yessence held a part-time job at TCBY for three years. Her volunteer activities include Belin Youth Cheer Camp, Future Shark Camp and Tobacco Youth Investigation. Yessence is also interested in dancing, playing the piano, working out at the gym and choreographing routines for cheerleading. She attends the College of Charleston.
Julianna Martel participated in both soccer and competition cheerleading which she captained her senior year at Myrtle Beach High School. An AP Scholar with Distinction as well as a National Merit Finalist, Julianna was also a member of the National Honors Society and Principal’s Council, President of Beta Honors Club, Yearbook Editor-in-Chief, and SAT tutor. In addition, she served as a Junior Marshall and was crowned Ms. Myrtle Beach High School. Other interests and activities include First United Methodist Church Youth Group, Conway Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership, being a Freedom Readers volunteer, as well as dancing, surfing and running. Julianna graduated second in her class and is currently attending Vanderbilt University.
Since 2005, the Myrtle Beach Marathon and Dr. Mark Schecker have awaded up to three one-time $1,000 scholarships to one male and one female outstanding scholar-athlete, who have participated in the Myrtle Beach Marathon as a runner or volunteer.
The scholarship program is intended to support graduating high school senior athletes from Horry County in their quest for a college education. Recognizing the recent epidemic rise in childhood obesity and associated diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, the scholarship’s mission is to recognize student-athletes who are committed to a healthy lifestyle and excellence in academics.
“With the growing problems related to physical inactivity in children and adolescents including the rise in childhood obesity, it is imperative that we support any initiatives that help reverse these alarming trends,” said Schecker. “Since its inception, one of the Myrtle Beach Marathon’s primary goals has been the enhancement of physical fitness and now with the Marathon’s diverse menu of events has made it one of the most unique opportunities for persons of all ages and abilities to accomplish improved physical health and well-being.”
“This is just another way that the marathon gives back to the community and is a way of thanking the community for their tremendous support over the years,” said Shaun Walsh, president of the Myrtle Beach Marathon. “We want to continue to encourage young people to exercise and be outstanding leaders in the community.”