Triton Regional High School senior Hunter Parrott, is the recipient of the 12th annual Salisbury Democratic Town Committee Leadership Scholarship. Hunter, the son of Ronalee Ray-Parrott and Ray Parrott, plans to attend the University of South Carolina in the fall where he will major in physics.
Applicants had to answer three essay questions about what leadership means to them, what community, civics and government activities they participated in during high school and they had to name a local, state or national issue of concern to them with some realistic solutions to deal with the concern according to scholarship committee Chairman John Housianitis.
While at Triton, Hunter has been a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council, has taken 6 Advanced Placement courses, has been a four year member of the wrestling team where he served as senior captain and lacrosse team. He also has, as a member of the Triton Community Service Club, volunteered for 2 community service events per quarter. In his essay responses about community involvement, Hunter says that he has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Ronald Ray who was Salisbury’s Town Moderator for many years and his mother, Ronalee Ray-Parrott, who is currently a member of the Board of Selectmen.
Hunter wrote that “It would be impossible for me to even guess how many hours of community service that I have accrued over the years.” His most memorable event was a program called “Just 5 Days” organized through the Star of the Sea Catholic Church where he lived in the church for five days and volunteered at an inner-city homeless shelter. “Through this event I felt like I had the most direct impact on the world that I had ever had before,” he wrote. Hunter wrote that he wants to speak to his professors about taking part in their research and by doing so will “be able to take part in expanding humanities’ current understanding of the natural world.”