Essay contest winners “have the power”

Earlier this spring, the Alliance recognized Title I middle school students who excelled in our annual anti-bullying writing contest.

This year’s theme, “I have the power,” encouraged students to think about bullying and use their power to help eliminate it in our schools and communities. Students could write a poem, essay or personal narrative (fiction or non-fiction) about a time they used their power to stand up for themselves, a friend, or even a stranger. Winners received a commemorative plaque, certificate, and monetary gift card from Target.

2016 essay contestOverall winners included: First place – David Nguyen, Allen Middle School; Second Place – Joseph Solomon, Northeast Guilford Middle School; and Third Place –  Selene Berry of Guilford Middle School. Pictured are the three winners from Northeast Guilford Middle School.

Many thanks to Katie Edmunds, VP of Health Promotions, for heading up the essay contest.

Scholarship recipients honored

2016 Scholarship WinnersOn March 24, the Alliance honored three outstanding young people with scholarships for pursuing careers in the health sciences.

The scholarships were awarded to Brande Oakley and Keith Lansberry, both students at the UNCG School of Nursing, and Princess Collins, a graduating senior attending James B. Dudley High School. She will study biology and health administration at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Pictured are Brande, Keith and Princess and Scholarships Chair Teresa John. Many thanks to Teresa and her assistant, Susan Stahl, for spearheading the scholarship process.

Scholarship Applications

This scholarship was established in 1970 in honor of Mrs. Jean Embry Frazer. Mrs. Frazer served as president of The Greensboro Medical Alliance in 1972-73. She died following a long battle with cancer. This scholarship is awarded to a local high-school senior with high academic standing and personal financial need who plans to pursue a career in the health-care field.

To qualify for this scholarship a student must:

  1. Be enrolled in a health occupations/medical careers class in the Guilford County School System.
  2. Have a 3.0 or better GPA
  3. Complete the following application requirements:
    1. Complete the attached form.
    2. Secure two letters of recommendation.
    3. Enclose high-school transcript(s).
    4. Enclose a copy of college acceptance letter if you have received it.

Please return all of the above to your teacher/advisor for submission.

The Scholarships Chairperson may request a personal interview. Also, in some cases, the Scholarship Committee may consult with the teacher/advisor.

The amount of the scholarship may vary from year to year.

The award will be presented by an Alliance member at Senior Awards Day whenever possible. The recipient will also be invited to the annual Medical Alliance Luncheon held in March.

Doctors’ Day

Doctors Day 2016Doctors’ Day is a fun opportunity for Alliance members to reach out to children in our community to encourage healthy habits.

Doctors’ Day was a great success in March at a new location, the Children’s Museum of Greensboro.

Many thanks to Carissa Sumner and her assistant Tessa Kirkpatrick for their hard work in continuing this important outreach to our community!


Scholarships Awarded

The Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine Alliance is proud to have awarded scholarships this spring to three outstanding young people pursuing careers in the health sciences.

The Alliance scholarships were awarded to Aleah Barnes and Eric Debrah, both students at the UNCG School of Nursing, and De’Erica Alston, a graduating senior attending James B. Dudley High School. She will study nursing at Winston-Salem State University.

The Alliance is widely recognized for its long tradition of promoting community health in the Greater Greensboro area through its active involvement in issues of health education and promotion. Members are spouses of physicians practicing in Guilford County.

Pictured are De’Erica Alston with her parents, Cassondra and Eric Alston of McLeansville; MaryK McGinley of UNCG; and members of the Alliance’s board of directors.

GGSMA scholarship winner


“Stand Up and Say Something” Essay Contest

The Greater Greensboro Society of Medical Alliance recently sponsored an anti-bullying writing contest among Guilford County’s Title I Middle schools. This year’s theme was:  “I can dream, I can think, and I can choose…” This theme encouraged students to dream of a world where their own actions could help prevent bullying and cyber-bullying by choosing to treat others with respect. Over 100 students participated in the contest. Winners received a commemorative plaque, certificate, and monetary gift card from Target.

Winners include: First Place, Edvige Sinfeya, Guilford Middle; Second place, Cincere Childress, Northeast Guilford Middle; and third place, Josiah Washburn, Northeast Guilford. There were also five honorable mentions: Tyrek Thompson, Alaija Lucas, Evelyn Angel, Jennifer Balanzar Pano, and Bles Cil.

The winning entry:


By Edvige Sinfeya

I can Dream of a rainless day

Behind the clouded fury,

Parting to make way for the sun.

I am a person like all of you.

Do not judge me by my differences

But by my character, my feelings,

Who I am on the inside is what really matters.

Things you say only scratch the surface because I can and will be ME.

I can think that my world will brighten

and my flower garden of people will smile and watch me grow.

I can choose to stand up when I am put down

To push back when I am pulled

To help those around me

To be the world I want to see,

To set the bar for others,

Others in Fury.