RALEIGH, N.C. — The Spectrum News High School Scholars Program recognizes exceptional seniors with a $1,000 award to put toward their college expenses.

This year’s first recipient is 17-year-old Jahmar Rodgers. Rodgers is currently a senior at Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham.

“I didn’t expect anything, I didn’t know what I was going for, all I can say is wow and thanks to God,” Rodgers says.

Rogers is an active member of Jordan’s band, playing the flute, alto saxophone, and French horn. He is also a member of the Anime Club, has a 3.35 GPA, and is a devout member of his church, the World Mission Society Church of God.

Jahmar’s former history teacher, Hannah Burke, nominated him for the scholarship.

“I could always count on him to ask unique, thought-provoking questions. I miss having Jahmar as a student, and I know he will bring passion, curiosity, and kindness to whatever he chooses to do after graduation,” Burke says.

Rodgers is the eldest of four sons, and his father Michael couldn’t be more proud.

“I am so proud of him for getting a scholarship to begin his college career, his college track. Hopefully this is going to lead to so much better things. Jahmar is a great role model for his younger brothers,” Michael Rodgers says.

Rodgers is undecided on which university he will attend next fall, but plans to major in biotechnical engineering.