My day got off to a great this past Friday  while reading the Kinston Free Press article about Passion Waiters and the Lenoir County Early College graduating class of 2013.

I first met Passion two years ago when she was nominated for our Teens and Kids Who Care awards.  

Passion also sang  at our 2011 MLK Holiday Celebration at St. Augustus AME Zion Church. She shared with us that she was feeling a little bit under the weather and could not sing her original song.  

She meekly stated, "But I have a back up song to sing for you."  She belted out a song with a very strong voice that left many of us in tears!!!

Passion is the first in her family  to attend college.  She also graduated with a 3.6 GPA.  Students in the Lenoir County Early College program obtain both a high school diploma and two year degree.

Passion is a determined young woman of promise and will be entering NC A&T State University in the fall.  She plans to major in Industrial Engineering. 

There is a lot of promise in Kinston's youth and Passion is a shining example!!!

If you need a little inspiration to make it through the day, please visit to read Jessika Morgan's story about Passion and the 2013 Lenoir County Early College graduates!!!

5/24/2016 02:25:32 am

These people really deserve the best. It is very cool to see how the young girl firmly and resolutely goes to her goal. It is worthy of admiration.


I'm happy that there are young pople who are worth awards. I'm sure she will be a great woman some day! Keep up the good work, Passion!

5/20/2023 01:07:39 am

Lovvely blog you have


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