Jerome Allen graduated from South Central High School in Winterville, North Carolina. Allen’s achievements include the planning of a benefit concert series that organized young Greenville artists and performers to raise more than $1,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, which offers out-of-town cancer patients and their caregivers a free, temporary place to stay while undergoing treatment. The concert series also benefited Greenville Community Shelters, Inc., which provides shelter and support services for Pitt County’s homeless. Allen was also selected as the Greenville representative of American Legion Tar Heels Boys State, a summertime program that trains young people in the ideals and objectives of American government. He also participated in Theater Arts and was the treasurer of his school’s National Honor Society. Allen plans to double major in Dramatic Arts and Political Science, and will be working with Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate.