Distinguished Alumni Inductee, Dr. Paula Jo Spence-Evans, MD, Dedicates Her Life to Serving Others

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI INDUCTEE, DR. PAULA JO SPENCE-EVANS, MD, DEDICATES HER LIFE TO SERVING OTHERS -- Dr. Paula Jo Spence-Evans has aided a multitude of people, excelling as an exemplary doctor in the medical field.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI INDUCTEE, DR. PAULA JO SPENCE-EVANS, MD, DEDICATES HER LIFE TO SERVING OTHERS -- Dr. Paula Jo Spence-Evans has aided a multitude of people, excelling as an exemplary doctor in the medical field.

DayOnna Carson, Assistant Editor

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Most people can agree that certain professions require an involved sense of dedication and skill which can only be fulfilled by individuals with perseverance and a natural desire to help others. This is true for both emergency and internal medicine, which are Central alumni Dr. Paula Jo Spence-Evans, MD’s career specialties. A Class of 1974 graduate, Spence-Evans learned to balance  academic, social, and extracurricular demands throughout high school. Her ability to excel at a a variety of subjects coupled with her mission to aide others to health has carried over to her career as a doctor. This exemplary work led to her 2019 Central High School Distinguished Hall of Fame induction.

Spence-Evans has been described as an active, successful student. While in high school, she filled a multitude of important leadership positions and membership roles. Being the Honor Society vice president, an officer in the Student Council, a cheerleader, as well as participating in other organizations such as Tri-Hi-Y, Girls State, FHA, Spanish Club, the guidance staff, disc and diamond, and math club all helped prepare her post-secondary endeavors.

Spence-Evans contributions and effort put into Central did not go unnoticed by her peers. She was even selected for the Homecoming and Military Ball Court, Military Sponsor, Senior Day attendant, and Key Club Calendar Girl.

In 1978, she continued her education at Spelman College, majoring in pre-med and biology. There, she was President, a Student Government Association member, and a part of Alpha Kappa Alpha and Who’s Who Among Students. She also attended Meharry Medical College in 1982 and took residency at G.W. Hubbard Hospital.

“Some important qualities that she possesses are perseverance, belief in herself, and a loving, kind heart, [which are] all practiced within her family and repeated at Central High School. Paula (and her sibling) is an inspiration and therefore is a gift for all at Central,”concluded Buffy Hoge of the Central High School Alumni Association.

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