The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
By EMILY WOOD - News-Post Intern
Graduating seniors of Franklin County High School's Class of 2014 are expected to receive $4,3 million in college scholarships, an estimated $400,000 more than last year's total.
The scholarships and recipients were announced at the school's annual Senior Awards Program in the Bonner Auditorium on May 21.
In front of a full audience of parents and supporters, the graduates marched in to their senior song, "Give It All You Got," originally written as the theme song for the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. Seniors wore their caps and gowns for the ceremony.
Over 100 different awards were announced for graduating seniors for academic and athletic achievements, as well as for leadership and special talents.
Representatives from churches, colleges, universities, businesses, civic clubs, and other community organizations presented the scholarships.
Among the colleges represented were Ferrum College, Hollins University, Roanoke College, Virginia Western Community College, and Emory and Henry College.
Virginia Western awarded 109 of its Community College Access Program (CCAP) scholarships this year. The CCAP pays for a full two-year tuition, totaling $9,800 per student.
Ferrum awarded over $1 million in scholarships to 32 Franklin County seniors.
Many of the scholarships were presented in memory of deceased loved ones, including the Posey W. Dillon Memorial Scholarship. Dillon was chief of the Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years before he was killed in a fire truck accident in July 2010.
Another scholarship was presented in memory of Army Spc. Jared William Kubasak of Rocky Mount, who was killed while on tour in Iraq in 2005.
"He was the first soldier from our area to be lost in this war," said Daina Kubasak, Army Spc. Kubasak's mother.
The Senior Superlatives for the Class of 2014 announced at the ceremony are as follows:
•Best All-Around: Kelsey Angell and Jack Boone.
•Most Likely to Succeed: Nora Ferguson and Dalton Ruggieri.
•Most School Spirited: Alyssa Dodson and Seth Holland.
•Most Athletic: Zarkia Mattox and Alveno Matthews.
•Most Musically Talented: Amber Hairston and Jordan Wade.
•Most Dependable: Taylor Harrell and Tyler Flournoy.
•Most Artistic: Seemran Patel and Shannon Woods.
•Wittiest: Caitlin Spencer and Shaun Rinn.
•Best Personality: Alberta Craighead and Garrett Jennings.
•Best Dressed: Emily Hunt, Nash Hammock, and Christopher Salmon.
The senior class officers are Seemran Patel, president; Nora Ferguson, vice-president; Taylor Harrell, secretary; and Tyler Clay Linkous, treasurer.
The faculty sponsors for the senior class are Allyson Lynch and Lauren Judson.