The two Wayne County students of color awarded the 2014 annual Timothy L. Barber Memorial Scholarships have career goals that are almost mirror images of each other. Both Kyaila Tarver, Lyons Central and Marissa Holloway, Sodus Central, will use their scholarship monies to pursue higher education in the field of nursing.
"A career in the medical field has always been something I wanted to do ever since I could remember," is how Kyaila summed up her future career path. She already has jump-started this objective by taking college courses at FLCC through the New Vision Nursing program at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, obtaining her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification in 2013. She also attends the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES for nursing aid training, and passed both parts of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for nurses. She has put this training to good use while working at Blossom View Nursing Home in Sodus.
Like any teen Kyaila has interests and talents she has pursued outside of the classroom. She has been a varsity cheerleader for five years, and a key player in several fundraisers held by the group. Chosen captain by her teammates, she has been a positive role model, imparting both skills and a winning attitude. She also has spent four seasons on the track and field team.
Seeking to become a registered nurse within the next five year, Kyaila will start by attending the Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing for two years before moving on to Nazareth, where she will receive her Bachelors in Nursing, followed by an additional years of schooling to specialize in obstetrics to become an OB nurse. Kyaila has dreams of eventually obtaining her doctorate in nursing, completing her "personal mission to finish high school and be the first person in my family to go to and graduate from college." Based on her motivation and achievements so far, Kyaila Tarver will achieve these goals, continuing to make her mother and two sisters proud.
Kyaila's path may cross that of Marissa Holloway when she gets to Nazareth, as Marissa plans to continue her path there as well towards becoming an oncology nurse in the fall. In her Barber Scholarship essay, Marissa talks about changing her 'life plans' thirteen times, as she began her high school career wanting to become a pastry chef or teacher. But having a schoolmate develop cancer drew her closer, as she wanted to provide help and comfort in her life. Sadly that help and comfort may have to be extended to her mother, who is being checked for cancer as well.
Time management must be something ingrained in Marissa, as she has been super active throughout her high school years. In sports, she has participated in varsity soccer, softball and cheerleading. Her list of school activities include Garden Club, class secretary, Student Council secretary, select choir, jazz band, Big Brother/Big Sister, Safe Schools and Varsity Club. Like Kyaila, she has volunteered with residents at Blossom View Nursing Home, while also working for Sodus Recreation. For this time and dedication WARE also recognized Marissa with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Award at the annual celebration held in King's honor this past January.
Both Kyaila Tarver and Marissa Holloway are shining examples of Dr. King's goal of a "dream one day where African Americans are not judged by the color of their skin, but by their character and actions." Dreams that Williamson Central graduate Tim Barber was unable to fulfill due to his untimely death in an automobile accident following his graduation from WCS in June 1987.
WARE is a three decades old group that has focused on being a study, support and action group with a philosophy of looking at the future with a shared vision. Following Timís death a scholarship fund in his memory was established. Since the first award in 1989, nearly $30,000 has been awarded to over 50 African American students.