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Class of 2013 garners $3.9 million in scholarships

Friday, May 31, 2013


The seniors in Franklin County High School's Class of 2013 are expected to receive $3,897,463 in college scholarships, an estimated $1.1 million more than last year's total.

The scholarship awards and recipients were announced at the school's Senior Awards Program on May 22 in the Bonner Auditorium.

The auditorium was filled for the ceremony as the seniors wore their caps and gowns for the event and parents, friends and family of the honorees watched.

More than 100 academic and athletic awards and other scholarships were announced for graduating seniors at the program. Some seniors were recognized for academic achievements, while others were honored for accomplishments in special areas, such as athletics and leadership.

Still other seniors were recognized for their special talents and dedication, while some received multiple awards and scholarships.

Representatives from colleges, universities, businesses, churches, civic clubs and other community organizations announced the scholarships.

"A lot of our students took advantage of Virginia Western's CCAP (Community College Access Program) which pays for a full two year tuition," said FCHS Principal Debora Decker.

Virginia Western Community College awarded 81 CCAP scholarships this year at $9,000 each, she said.

"With the cost of college rising, this is a great way for students to earn their core credits for college at a lower rate for them and their parents," Decker said.

The U.S. Naval Academy also awarded a full appointment to one student in the amount of $450,000.

"This is our third U.S. Naval appointment in the past six years," said Decker.

Other colleges awarding scholarships included Ferrum College (over $1 million), Emory and Henry ($350,000) and Roanoke College ($300,000).

Scholarships were also presented in memory of deceased loved ones. Among those was a scholarship in memory of Stephanie Renee Bennett, who was murdered in Raleigh, N.C., nearly a decade ago.

Another was in memory of Rocky Mount Fire Chief Posey Dillon, who was killed in a fire truck crash in July 2010.

The Senior Superlatives for the Class of 2013, which were announced during the ceremony, include:

•Best All-Around: Megan Vest and Ryan Wade.

•Most Likely to Succeed: Kassandra Peters and David Sicher.

•Most School Spirited: Jenny Bayer and Ryan Peevey.

•Most Athletic: Charmaine Hairston and Christian Witcher.

•Most Musically Talented: Brittany McPherson and Catlin "Buddy" Harlow.

•Most Dependable: Linsey Schiemann and Colby Arrington.

•Most Artistic: Jillian Coury and James "J.D." Hughes.

•Wittiest: Alexandra Shepherd and Christopher Davis.

•Best Personality: Alexis Clayborne and Trey "Happy" Shaffer.

•Best Dressed: Katelyn Santrock and Beau Robertson.

The senior class officers are Kassandra "Kassie" Peters, president; Megan Vest, vice-president; Morgan Adkins, secretary; and Linsey Schiemann, treasurer.

The faculty sponsor for the senior class is Allyson Lynch.

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