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Blanks, Henson receive Leslie Martin Scholarships

The Clemmons Community Foundation has announced that Emma Blanks and Tyler Henson, 2020 graduates of West Forsyth High School, are this year’s recipients of the Leslie Martin Scholarship.

The scholarship, part of the John E. Stewart Scholarship Fund of the foundation, honors the dedicated leadership of educator Leslie Martin. Martin teaches world history and principles of business at West Forsyth. The scholarship recognizes graduating students who were actively involved in the Finance Academy or Interact Club, which Martin helps to advise. Two recipients are selected each year to receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Emma Blanks

Emma Blanks will attend the University of Tennessee Knoxville and plans to pursue a career in international business, marketing and economics. She credits her experiences in Finance Academy for giving her confidence to manage her own finances and discuss global economic issues. Blanks served as president of the DECA Club, class representative for the Student Government Association, and was active in the Girls Service Club. Blanks also played midfield for both the West and North Carolina Fusion Field Hockey teams. She has tutored Brunson Elementary students in English and math and been active in the youth group at Augsburg Lutheran Church. Blanks is the daughter Eric and Amie Blanks of Clemmons.

“Ms. Martin was one of my favorite teachers at West who helped provide me with the skills I will need to be successful in my business career,” Blanks said. “I am honored to be selected as a recipient of this scholarship.”

Tyler Henson

Tyler Henson will attend Appalachian State University for supply chain management. His participation in the Finance Academy helped him better understand cash flow and business operations. As an athlete at West, Henson played varsity soccer, receiving several honors including being named to All-Conference and All-Region, and appointed team captain his senior year. He also played varsity lacrosse, was a referee for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) North Carolina, and coached youth basketball for the YMCA. Henson has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and with Buddy Walk and has been active in the youth group at Center Grove Baptist Church. Henson is the son of Jonathan and Heidi Henson of Lewisville.

“Ms. Martin helped me in ways she will never know as far as getting my mind to start thinking about the bigger pictures,” Henson said. “The scholarship means so much to me, from helping me pay for college to the meaning behind it.”