BLSA celebrates scholarship, Legacy Award recipients at 32nd annual scholarship banquet

Recipients of the 2017 BLSA Scholarships and Legacy Award are Professor Steve Virgil (left), Lhens Vilson (JD '17), Tracea Rice (JD '19), Briana O’Neil (JD '18) and Cheslie Kryst (JD '17)

Recipients of the 2017 BLSA Scholarships and Legacy Award are Professor Steve Virgil (left), Lhens Vilson (JD '17), Tracea Rice (JD '19), Briana O’Neil (JD '18) and Cheslie Kryst (JD '17)

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) celebrated the 32nd annual scholarship banquet on Feb. 10, 2017. Held in the Hearn Ballroom at the Winston-Salem Marriott, BLSA members gathered to honor scholarship recipients, present the Legacy Award, dine with faculty members and alumni and enjoy a keynote by the Honorable Cheri L. Beasley of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

This year’s banquet was inspired by former President Barack Obama’s uplifting slogan, “Yes We Can. Yes We Will.” Students were inspired to embody hope and progress in their practice, organizers said.

This year’s recipients of the BLSA Scholarships were Briana O’Neil (JD ’18), Cheslie Kryst (JD ’17), Tracea Rice (JD ’19) and Lhens Vilson (JD ’17). Professor Steve Virgil, executive director of experiential education, received the Legacy Award.

The Wake Forest Law chapter of BLSA is a local organization working to promote the needs of the black community and the individual black student. Each year the organization awards three merit-based scholarships to a BLSA student-member in each class.