Heritage High grad Antonio Martin wins Jostens Renaissance Student Scholarship

Posted: June 25, 2020

Heritage High School Graduate Antonio Martin is the winner of the 2020 Jostens Renaissance® Student Scholarship. Jostens announced the scholarship during a special virtual celebration on June 25.

Students from Renaissance schools across the country competed for a four-year, $10,000 college scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships. Winners were chosen based on academic ability and potential, recommendations from educators and administrators, and a written essay describing their role in leading Jostens Renaissance activities in his or her school. Tiffanie Smith, Activities Director and Renaissance Coordinator at Heritage High School, encouraged Martin to apply based on his efforts to make every student and adult feel like a valued part of the school community. One winner and four runners-up were selected, and Martin was announced as the winner of the $10,000 scholarship.

"Jostens is honored to recognize Antonio's accomplishments and hard work," said Dr. Tara Campbell, Senior Manager of Program Development, Jostens Renaissance Education. "Aside from his own academic and personal accomplishments, he has had a leading role in using Jostens Renaissance resources and strategies to make an impact on his high school's climate and culture. We are proud to be able to assist with his college journey and are confident he will bring his passion and leadership abilities to his new campus home."

Compassion, dedication, commitment to the school climate and culture are attributes that his classmates use to describe Martin. He was a member of the varsity volleyball team and was named to the Virginia High School League Class 4 All-State Volley Team. Martin also served as an active member of Superintendent's Student Advisory Group on Education, the city-wide SCA, the Principal's Advisory Group on Education, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Youth Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Project, the National Honor Society, Athletes in Action, the Student Athletic Leadership Team, and he served as a Student Leadership Ambassador.

In February 2020, Martin was named Jostens National Renaissance Student of the month in recognition of his demonstrated leadership.

Martin will attend Bluefield College where he will major in kinesiology with a minor in psychology.