Stories of Excellence–Weylin Johns
Weylin Johns has big plans for his life. With his sights set on giving back to his community, Johns knows a solid education is the foundation for future success. Continuing his education at Mitchell has helped him along his path to changing lives.
Ever the focused student, Johns decided at the end of his eighth-grade year to attend Mitchell as a Collaborative College for Technology and Leadership (CCTL) student. “It is a great program,” he stated. “If you have the grades and determination, it is the best option.”
From day one, Johns’s drive and natural talent impressed his instructors. Johns was described by a former instructor as a “competitor who works hard and smart when applying himself to academic pursuits. He was a student who wasn’t afraid to take on challenges, and he worked well with his classmates.”
Johns enjoyed all of his professors at Mitchell, but a few stood out. “Mr. Roseman and Mr. Atwell truly helped me in my educational journey and made learning a joy,” he noted. “They both provided interesting classes that allowed me to learn and grow my mindset” Weylin was repeatedly on the Dean’s list. His grades, attendance and class participation did not go unnoticed. In the spring of 2019, Weylin was awarded by faculty acclamation the Criminal Justice Academic Excellence Award at Mitchell.
Johns worked hard to balance his educational, personal and professional lives. In addition to being a full-time student, library volunteer and holding an additional job, Johns found time to volunteer in the community through sports programs as well as civic and church activities.
During his time at Mitchell, Johns decided to change his initial plan of going straight into law enforcement after graduation and chose instead to pursue a bachelor’s degree. He applied at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and began looking at scholarship opportunities. Instructor Roseman supported Weylin’s decision and wrote a recommendation letter to UNCC on his behalf. Roseman stated in his recommendation letter that, “Johns is a well-rounded individual who will represent UNCC well on campus, the community and ultimately wherever he finds himself. Dedication, dependability, and integrity are traits that Weylin possesses.”
Johns graduated Mitchell in the spring of 2020 with an associate in applied science degree in criminal justice. He found out shortly after graduation that he received the Freeman scholarship at UNCC. The Freeman scholarship is equal to student’s tuition and fees, renewable for three years, and grants membership in multi-year honors program with access to honors housing in Levine Hall. Freeman scholars are “impressive, thoughtful, and persistent in overcoming challenges.“
Johns is excited to start his first semester at UNCC, majoring in criminal justice with minor in criminology. Upon graduation, Johns wants to use his education and career to make a difference in the lives of others and to protect those who may not be able to protect themselves. He already has plans to pursue a master’s degree and to one day apply to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Before he can enter into the FBI, he will need to complete several years of service with local law enforcement agencies.
Johns’s advice to students is found in one of his favorite Lionel Messi quotes, "You have to fight to reach your dreams. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it." He encourages students of any age to take the leap and get started on or continue their education. Johns recommends Mitchell for the “safe, friendly, welcoming, and community-oriented environment” in which students can educationally, personally, and professionally grow.
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