Kiwanis Club of UC awards scholarships to 14 students
The young men and women, including the club’s Students of the Year — Chelsea Brook Williams of Obion County Central High School and Taylor Lawrence Bruff of Union City High School — were honored at an impressive banquet held at Moffatt Centré in Troy Thursday evening.
The honored guests were all former Students of the Month from UCHS or OCCHS. Miss Williams and Bruff received special recognition and plaques noting their leadership and scholarship successes. Miss Williams plans to utilize her scholarship money at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, where she hopes to major in biology and become and opthamologist. Bruff has been accepted as a student at West Point, the nation’s Army military academy in New York.
Other students who were recognized by the Kiwanis Club in memory or in honor of current or former members included OCCHS students Kerry Douglas Duck, who claimed the E.R. “Happy” Harton and Myrtle Harton Scholarship; Amanda Paige Trader, the recipient of the scholarship given in Robert Wood’s honor; Brittney Marie DeMoss, the student chosen to receive the scholarship in honor of Harold Jenkins; Justin Ross Owens, who was honored with the Francis Lin scholarship; Maria Noel Lones, who went home with the Bob Nichols scholarship; and Meagan Annette Beasley, who received the scholarship given in honor of Bob and Virginia Gibson.
UCHS students who were honored included Donshai Renette Turner, who claimed the Turner Kirkland memorial scholarship; Ian Everett Garrigan, who went home with the scholarship honoring Bill Hairston; Denise Nicole Bell, who received the scholarship in honor of Patti Leeke; James Hunter Cash, who earned the Margaret Moore scholarship; Madaline Lane Harris, who was selected for the Lynn Regan scholarship; and Adam Dwight Moon, who was selected to receive the Presidential Award in honor of Danielle Morris. (See related photos, nwtntoday.com.)
The students, their parents or other guests, members of the two systems’ school boards, directors of schools from the two systems, teachers who had assisted the club by serving as members of the faculty selection committees and Kiwanians enjoyed a delicious meal and a program that featured UCHS alumnus and youth minister at Union City First Baptist Church Len Phegley.
Kiwanian Bobby Barnett offered the invocation and Fred Hancock led in the Pledge of Allegiance and the song. Joe Ward welcome guests and introduced the speaker for the evening. Christie Beeler presented the scholarships to the hopeful crowd of young scholars who have enjoyed special recognition as Students of the Month throughout their high school careers at Kiwanis Club meetings.
Randy Thetford presented the Students of the Year.
Members of the faculty selection committee included Sherri Bing, Michelle Bruner, Rebekah Carman, Ricky Conner, Kay Cooper, Jennifer Creech, Nancy Hamilton, Nancy Johnson, Pam Kangelos, Linda Short and Jim West from OCCHS and Ashley Bryson, Brian Conner, Jacob Cross, David Denning, Barry Duncan, John Easley, Marsha Houston, Angela Keathley, Winnie Logan, J.B. Murphy, Melissa Rice and Hilary Webb from UCHS.
Funds to support the $7,000 scholarship program were raised by the Kiwanis Club with their pancake breakfasts. In addition, they will be staging a “Burgers in the Park” fundraiser soon.
Commercial Bank, First Citizens National Bank, First State Bank, Reelfoot Bank and Regions Bank are also special supporters of the annual scholarship banquet.
Published in The Messenger 5.12.08