A student at Thomas Nelson Community College will travel to China this October after being selected for a prestigious scholarship to help students pursue academic goals and develop leadership skills.

Kingdom Oguibe will participate in the 2014 International Youth Organization Forum and Beijing Sister City Youth Camp after being selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. During his visit, he will travel to several Chinese landmarks, including the Great Wall.

The scholarship program helps second-year students at Virginia community colleges by providing full tuition, book expenses and fees and helping them participate in different cultural activities. The students also spend 80 hours during the academic year in community service projects, according to a news release.

Oguibe is a 2013 Mencvhille High School graduate. His parents and three sisters live in Nigeria, but Oguibe has been in the U.S. since he completed 10th grade.

"I have to succeed. The community looks up to me," Oguibe said in a news release. "The village looks up to me. If I succeed, I can help them out … build roads … build hospitals. If I don't, it'll just be a mockery

"So I have a lot of expectations both from my parents and my community. My goal is to become a medical doctor and move back to Nigeria to help the people out," he said. "They say, 'Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.' I want to get better … I just want to become more knowledgeable."

Oguibe is one of 10 community college students in Virginia to receive the scholarship.

"These scholars are talented, motivated and community-focused," VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois said of the scholars. "These men and women will be taking the reins of leadership and leaving their mark on the world, and we're delighted to work with them."

Virginia schools rank high

Virginia schools ranked as the 7th best in the country, according to a new study conducted by WalletHub.

"We used 12 key metrics, including dropout rates, test scores and bullying incident rates to assess the quality of education in each state," said Raz Daraban, a spokesman for WalletHub.

According to the study, with 1 being best, Virginia Schools ranked 20th for dropout rate, 21st for bullying incidents, 14th for math test scores, 12th for reading test scores and 16th for pupil-to-student ratio.

Kindergarten registration

Newport News families can register for kindergarten at three different locations this week.

All children who are 5 years old by Sept. 30 are eligible for the 2014-2015 school year. On Tuesday and Wednesday, families can register at the C. Waldo Scott Center, 3100 Wickham Ave., and at the Stuart Gardens Apartments' rental office, 1326-C Garden Drive.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, kindergarten registration will take place at Marshall Early Childhood Center, 743 24th St. The Peninsula Health Department's immunization van will be on-site to offer required immunizations, according to school division.

Parents and guardians have to bring a child's original birth certificate, immunization record, a physical exam record and proof of legal residence.

Contact Bogues by phone at 757-247-4536.