Crosby Scholars News

May 2016

A Busy Spring

Crosby Scholars staff members and our volunteer Grade Advisors have been meeting at the high schools with the 9th and 10th grade students since February. Each meeting focused on topics to help students prepare successfully for college. Many thanks go out to the advisors for their time, patience, and persistence as we worked through this part of the program for the first time!

Margo Fesperman - Mooresville High School

Pam Hartley - Lake Norman High School

Leah Galliher - North Iredell High School

Tueresa Hayden - West Iredell High School

Melinda Herzog - Statesville High School

Lynn Hogenson - Pine Lake Preparatory

Joan Rogers - South Iredell High School

High schools served by staff members:

Jill Hypes - Collaborative College Technology & Leadership and

Career and Technical School

Suzanne Wegmiller - Visual and Performing Arts Center

Upcoming events:

  • Crosby Scholars participants who completed this year will be recognized at end-of-year award ceremonies at middle schools
  • College tour bus trips for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders in June and July
  • Summer academies for 7th - 11th graders
  • Community service opportunities all summer long for current Crosby Scholars

Board Member Bio

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Vickie Sawyer

Vickie Sawyer, is serving her second year as Chair of the Iredell Crosby Scholars Community Partnership Board of Directors. In addition to her work with the board, Vickie is a busy mom of two school-age children as well as a business owner with her husband, Brett (Sawyer Insurance and Financial Services). She lives in the Mooresville area and is active in school activities as well as with her church, Rocky Mountain United Methodist. Vickie is a strong supporter of public education and has worked tirelessly to support our public schools. She is a key member of Our Schools First, which led the efforts to pass the Iredell County school bonds referendum in 2014. In her spare time, she loves to coach softball! Vickie attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and earned her degree in Special Education.

Crosby Scholars Community Service

To date, program participants have turned in more than 6100 hours of community service from all parts of Iredell County and beyond! Shown below is a very abbreviated list of organizations where Crosby Scholars have logged community service hours.


  • Town of Davidson
  • Davidson College Presbyterian Church
  • Stop Hunger Now
  • Cornelius Parks and Recreation

  • Mitchell Community College
  • The Cove Church
  • Mooresville Soup Kitchen
  • Mooresville Christian Mission
  • Give Back Boutique
  • Brian Center Nursing Homes
  • St. Therese Catholic Church
  • Lake Norman Wildfire Conservation
  • Red Cross of Mooresville
  • Mooresville Public Library
  • Hope of Mooresville (HOMe)
  • Humane Society of Mooresville
  • Lake Norman Regional Hospital
  • Lake Norman Fire Department
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Town of Mooresville
  • Lake Norman Soccer Club

Northern Iredell

  • V-Point Ruritan Breakfast
  • Timmy Belcher Memorial (Rainbow Kidz)
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts at Fairview Baptist

  • SCAN of Iredell County
  • Statesville Theatre
  • Special Olympics of Iredell County
  • Red Cross of Statesville
  • Iredell County Public Library
  • Balloonfest
  • Boys and Girls Club of Statesville
  • Iredell County Public Library
  • Iredell Teen Court
  • Iredell County Partnership for Young Children
  • Iredell County Museum
  • Mitchell Community College
  • Goodwill
  • Statesville Womens' Club
  • Iredell County Humane Society
  • Civil Air Patrol (Statesville Airport)

  • Troutman Library
  • Town of Troutman
  • Troutman Parks and Rec
  • Troutman First United Methodist Church

A Crosby Volunteer Leader at Lake Norman High School

Jessica Fischer, a Crosby Scholar from Lake Norman High School, wanted to make a difference in her community. She teamed up with the Mooresville Soup Kitchen and sponsored a food drive at her school. She worked with her guidance counselor to set up the event and to get the word out to students. She deemed the drive successful after collecting over 90 pounds of food which she delivered to the Soup Kitchen. Crosby Scholars are required to complete 2 hours of community service each school year, but Jessica has gone above and beyond. We hope her story might inspire other teens to initiate their own projects to benefit the community.

High School Officers

Pictured below are just a few of the newly-elected officers for high school Crosby Scholar classes. They will be acting as leaders and student liaisons for the program. Thanks for being willing to assume a leadership role!

A Look at our First Year Participation

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A Great Start

Although the numbers aren't quite final, Crosby Scholars is off to a great start in Iredell County. More than 900 students will successfully complete the program this year and be automatically re-enrolled for next year. If you know someone who might be interested in participating, please send us a note at and we'll be sure to invite them to enroll when the on-line application opens in August. Please include an e-mail or home mailing address along with the student's name in any referrals.