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FCHS seniors recognized with scholarships

The senior recognition night last week didn’t draw a huge crowd, and the number of scholarships were down over previous years.

But the enthusiasm was strong. 

Guidance Counselor Melanie Copeland said the financial impact of COVID-19 on donors had cut into the number of scholarships.

Still, based in large part on the financial total of monies that students had qualified for, more than $400,000 in grants, awards and scholarships was earned by the Class of 2021, sponsor Leigh Smith said. 

The senior recognition night featured one unique moment, due to the fact that the class was the first in the 14-year history of the school to have spent all their years on the Eastpoint campus,

Recognized were all the graduates who had attended classes since Kindergarten on that campus. They included Rileigh Boatwright, Layla Chisholm, Andrea Cooper, Kristin Estes, Cade Evans, Camron Evans, Marci Kelley, Caitlin Kuhner, Cheyenne Lawson, Stephen Malone, Tony Millender, Landen Millender, Jennifer Owens, Grace Patterson, Destanie Proctor, Sarah Segree, Ashton Shaw, Breaunna Shiver, Sydney Shuman, Michael Square, Makayla Varner and Charlee Winchester,

Receiving scholarships, their presenter and the amount, were:

Apalachicola Bay Charter School (Melanie Copeland) two $500
awards to Jadyn Luberto and Abigail Johnson

Apalachicola Bay Rotary Club (Cliff Butler) $1,000 award to Abigail

Becasa Creative Careers Scholarship (Melanie Copeland) $500
award to Elizabeth McAnally

Centennial Bank (Melanie Copeland) two $500 awards to Brycin
Huckeba and Marci Kelley

Delta Kappa Gamma (Joy Floyd) $500 award to Jadyn Luberto

Florida Education Association (Melanie Copeland) $100 to
Jana Strunk

Franklin County Food and Nutrition Association (Shelly
Ingram) $500 award, in memory of Tammy Nichols, to Rebecca Shiver

Franklin County School Board (Stacy Kirvin) five $1,000
awards to Marci Kelley, Jadyn Luberto, Calea Dively, Sydney Shuman and Jana

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (Cliff Carroll) $500 award
to Madison Smith

Friends of the Franklin County Public Library (Kathleen
Oman) $1,000 Eileen Annie Ball Scholarship to Devin Daniels

George E. Weems Memorial Scholarship (David Walker) three
$1,000 awards in memory of Douglas Creamer, to Layla Chisholm, Marci Kelley and
Eulalia Gregorio

Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida
(Melanie Copeland) $1,000 award to Abigail Johnson

H’COLA (Brenda Ash) two $300 awards to Jarvis Turrell and
Lamarius Martin

Loretta Taylor Memorial (Cliff Carroll) $1,000 award to Abigail

Perry and Young. P.A. (Randy Howell) $500 award to Marci

Susan McClendon Memorial Art Scholarship (Ellen Ashdown)
$500 award to Calea Dively

Take Stock in Children (Melanie Copeland) four-year
scholarship to Elizabeth McAnally

Trinity Outreach Award in memory of Myra Ponder (Martha
Harris) New laptop computer, to Elizabeth McAnally

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