More than 20 young poets from southeast Virginia, along with their families and supporters, packed the NFK Assembly penthouse on Granby Street in Norfolk earlier this month to hear from those vying to become the poet Hampton Roads Youth Winner.

This weekend, the top candidates will come together again for the announcement of the 2022 Young Poet Laureate and three Poet Ambassadors at a culminating event called ImmortALL. The announcement ceremony will be held Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at Zeiders American Dream Theater, 4509 Commerce St., Virginia Beach.

The event is hosted by Teens With a Purpose, a Hampton Roads nonprofit that provides peer-to-peer leadership training and development to empower young people to use their voice, creativity, thinking and action to transform lives and impact communities.

Maggie Furco, a math and science academy senior at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, was shortlisted for the Virginia Athletic Directors Association Claudia Dodson Scholarship Award and named Virginia National Athlete Girl of the Year. Maggie is a three-season varsity athlete who runs cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in Ocean Lakes. Maggie will be attending the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in the fall majoring in biology to begin the steps towards achieving her dreams of becoming a research scientist.

Nicole Ashley Pennett was inducted into the Psi Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Tidewater Community College on March 17. Pennett, who is majoring in pre-nursing studies, is the daughter of Jeff and Cathy Pennett of Spring Hill, Florida, and is married to Curry Whalen of Virginia Beach. The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses across the country and around the world.

Elizabeth River Crossings is accepting applications for its annual Good Citizen Scholarship with an application deadline of May 6.

The ERC launched its Good Citizen scholarship program in 2016 and has since invested over $160,000 in scholarships for extraordinary students in Norfolk.

Scholarships will be awarded to eight local graduates who consistently reflect excellence of character, demonstrate leadership, and make positive contributions to their school and community. Only graduate seniors enrolled in public schools in Norfolk are eligible to apply.

Each recipient will receive $6,000, divided in $1,500 increments over four years to any college, trade school or post-secondary institution, provided the student can provide proof of enrollment each year.

Completed applications, along with the required two letters of recommendation and an essay, must be submitted online by May 6. Apply online at