PENSACOLA — Two Santa Rosa County students received the 2018 BBB Student Ethics Scholarships from the Better Business Bureau’s BBB Foundation: Jay High School graduate Timothy Locklin and Pace High graduate Nicholas Wilson.

The program exists to recognize high school junior and senior students in the Florida Panhandle (14 county-wide service area) who personify personal character, integrity and have made the choice to lead by following a moral compass.

An independent panel of judges selected the recipients based on leadership, community service, overall personal integrity and academic history. Each student selected receives a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of his or her choice.

Timothy Locklin

Locklin graduated second in his class at Jay High School in May.

Timmy, as he is known by his family and friends, maintained a 4.0 GPA and was dual enrolled taking AICE courses with the University of Cambridge.

All of these academic courses didn’t stop Locklin from participating in several extra-curricular activities including Jay HS Varsity Tennis team, Student Government Association, FFA for four years, and the National Honors Society.

He also served in leadership roles in these organizations and has received many awards of achievement.

Serving his community was also very important to Locklin and he accumulated over 175 service hours before graduation volunteering at Ronald McDonald House and Manna Food Pantry and organized food drives for a local church’s food pantry and Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Bank.

He also volunteers at Jay Hospital. The last one should come as no surprise as he plans to pursue a degree in Microbiology and Cell Science at the University of Florida in Gainsville and hopes to continue his education with medical school. His ultimate goal is to become a general surgeon.

Nicholas Wilson

Nicholas Wilson graduated last month from Pace High School. His years in high school were filled with academia, sports and community service. Not only did he participate in several organizations, he also co-founded two of them: Pace High Spike Ball Club and Pace High Organ Donor Club.

He was a leader in SGA, attended Boys State in Tallahassee last summer and was also selected in his sophomore year to attend HOBY Leadership Conference.

Learning the importance of service from his parents, Nic, as he is known by his friends and family, volunteered both in school and outside of school with organizations that provided much needed services including to the homeless and flood clean-up. He also volunteered on a mission trip to Africa and has another one in the planning stages to Romania.

Nic plans to major in journalism and mass communication with minors in film production and business when he enters college in the fall.

Justin Schubeck