Brooklyn athlete wins $20K scholarhsip from Foot Locker
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Beacon School senior and Brooklyn resident Sunyyah Fenelon-Foristall was awarded $20,000 as part of the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program that annually recognizes 20 students nationwide for exceptional leadership in the classroom and community, as well as for achievements in sports.

Fenelon-Foristall runs cross country and leads her varsity track-and-field team as the co-captain, working tirelessly with her relay team.

While grieving the loss of her father, she recognized a lack of a support system in school. She conducted a school-wide survey with students and staff and found many students were stressed out without resources to focus on their mental well-being.

She composed a five-page letter to the school administration to share the data and founded her school's first student wellness committee to connect students with mental health resources and create a safe environment for students to discuss mental health issues.

While maintaining a 3.5 GPA and having earned 1430 on the SAT, Fenelon-Foristall is also a research scientist of an intensive synthetic biology research program for high school students at a community science lab and plays rhythm guitar in a jazz band at Lincoln Center.

She aspires to pursue a career in scientific research and continue building her career as a musician.

Across the country, school closures continue to impact millions of students, parents, and families, including student-athletes who are no longer able to experience the moments they’ve dreamed about and worked toward.

On May 21, Fenelon-Foristall and other finalists joined a virtual discussion, facilitated by content creator and media personality Tony Mui, to connect with one another about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting their lives and communities.

The robust discussion explored how students are coping, and provided an opportunity for them to share words of advice to their fellow high school seniors.

The finalists were then surprised with a celebratory reveal by NBA player Collin Sexton, who announced that they were all actually winners of the 2019/2020 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship.

“I know it’s been tough for high school seniors everywhere who have had to miss out on major milestones,” said the Cleveland Cavaliers guard. “I’m honored to team up with Foot Locker to help reward these student athletes for all of their hard work and dedication, especially during this time.”

During a time when the majority of students agree financial aid will be necessary for them to pay for college, and when families are facing more uncertainty about their economic futures than ever before, the Foot Locker Foundation continues to support college accessibility and affordability for outstanding student athletes through its Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program for the ninth consecutive year.

“In these unprecedented and challenging times, we’re more committed than ever to supporting and empowering young people to pursue their dreams and attend college,” said Richard Johnson, chairman and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc.

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