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May 14, 2014

They’re the ‘Cream of the Crop’

$13,000 awarded through scholarships

Athens — In keeping with its mission of aiding the youth of Henderson County, the Athens Kiwanis Club presented scholarships to some of the top area students on Tuesday.

The 2014 recipients were invited, along with their families, to the Athens Country Club for the annual ceremony. The $13,000 in scholarships were based on funds raised by the Kiwanis, and matched dollar-for-dollar by Trinity Valley Community College.

Each of the recipients is a graduating senior who will attend TVCC in the fall of 2013. 

Tony Kalawe presided over the presentations on behalf of the Scholarship Committee, and thanked members Bobbie Hawkins, Diane Miller and Mary Nicholson for their work in making the tough choices in picking the winners.

“We did receive dozens of applications this year, so the competition was pretty brutal,” Kalawe said. “Every one of those scholarship applicants were most-deserving.”

Kalawe said the applicants were scored based on leadership, community service, academic excellence, essays and references.

“We bumped our heads a little bit, and came up with what we believe are the cream of the crop,” Kalawe said. “Before you today are the best and the brightest, and what we believe are the cream of the crop, and we’re so proud to award them today.”

Three of the $1,500 Athens Kiwanis Scholarships went to Athens High School seniors. Brownsboro, Cross Roads, Eustace, La Poynor and Malakoff, represented by one student each.

In addition, a $1,000 Key Club Scholarship was awarded to Melissa Dunn of LaPoynor High School, which allows the student to attend any college of their choice.

The following is a list of winners, their school and intended major:

• Nikki Alvarez, Athens, special education;

• Hanna Feinsod, Athens, dental hygiene;

• Toree Scott, Athens, physical therapy;

• Aysia Thompson, Brownsboro, physical therapy;

• Shaydi Paramore, Cross Roads, mass communications;

• Megan Gunter, Eustace, education;

• Wade Earl Lang, LaPoynor, agriculture;

• Fernando Garcia, Malakoff, business administration;

• Marissa Dunn, LaPoynor Key Club, art teacher.

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