The Windsor D. Ferguson Memorial Awards
By Cheryl F. Jones
Congratulations to Alvin Anderson, Chloe Hall, Alexis L. Ritchie, and Mahlik Sealey for being The Windsor D. Ferguson Memorial Awards recipients.
Alvin Anderson, a Music Industry junior at Florida A & M University, is a pianist and a vocalist with professional recordings — I Believe (T-Pain), 2016 and The Flash Mob Project, 2015. After graduating from FAMU, Alvin plans to further his education in Music Theory to become a Music Professor. He also plans to continue writing and promoting his compositional works and continuing his growth as a musician. Alvin is a member of FAMU Concert Choir, FAMU Society Chorale, FAMU Connection, FAMU Essential Theatre, FAMU Wind Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Compositions, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc., and MEISA. He has been on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. He is a 2014 graduate of Dillard High School.
Chloe Hall, a Music Education sophomore and the recipient of the 1st Annual Windsor D. Ferguson Memorial Music Award at Bethune Cookman University. Chloe wants to become a Music Teacher to provide students with an opportunity to receive a pro-per musical education. She dreams of increasing the number of musical students while at the same making something of a worldwide hub for all musicians – beginners and advanced, orchestras, choirs, and bands of diverse age groups. It would include private lessons, masterclasses, and workshops; as well as instrument care and repairs. This will address the decline in music programs in secondary schools. Chloe is a flutist for the Bethune Cookman Marching and Symphonic Bands. She is an active member of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority Inc. and is a 2015 graduate of Plantation High School.
A fourth year Nursing student, Alexis L. Ritchie’s career goal is to become a Medical Surgical Nurse and then a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Alexis is an honor student who previously served as a Fundraising Co-chair-person in Big Sister Little Sister Peer Mentoring Program. She currently serves as an officer in the FAMU Student Government Association and FAMU Student Nurses Association. She is also a FAMU Presidential Ambassador. Alexis has been on the Dean’s List, Honor Roll, and is a member of FAMU Honor Society. Alexis has a commitment to give back, to serve, and to courageously lead. She will graduate from FAMU in the spring of 2017 and is a 2013 graduate of Pompano Beach High School.
Mahlik Sealey is a Music Industry junior at Florida A & M University. Mahlik’s career goal is to become a Radio Station Program Director. His foot is already in the door with experiences gained as a Promotions Assistant at several radio stations. Mahlik is a trumpet player for the FAMU Wind Symphony. He is also a Trumpet Section Leader for The Incomparable FAMU Marching 100. The hard work and dedication that he learned from The Marching 100 gives him confidence that he can climb the ladder to achieve his career goals. Mahlik has performed with world class jazz musicians and he performed at the world renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City. He is the first in his family to attend college. At FAMU he’s been on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. Mahlik is a 2014 graduate of South Bro-ward High School.
“We are honored to grant these awards for a job well done. We thank you all for putting forth such great efforts to attain your future careesr. My husband would have been proud of you all. May God bless and keep everyone of you is my prayer.” Mother Rosemary Ferguson, widow of Bishop Windsor D. Ferguson, Sr.