Students get $1.4 million in awards
Dozens of Robbinsville High School seniors will further their academic careers thanks to a record $1.4 million in scholarships, including $20,000 in new scholarships from Lovin Contracting, Inc.
The big winner was Duke University-bound Tyler Long, whose full-ride David M. Rubenstein Schoalrship is worth $73,742.
The scholarships were announced during the 41st Annual Academic and Scholarship Award Program at RHS on Thursday evening.
“We are so appreciative.” RHS Counsel Crystal Cody exclaimed. “It honors the students. Every dollar helps. Without this Without this community kids might not be able to go to college.”
That was evident in the case of the scholarship winners with the second and third highest totals. Both Carleigh Anderson ($42,250) and Jasmine Jiang ($36,500) received $5,000 Cody Family Scholarship. Anderson will attend Western Carolina University, while Jiang furthers her education at Berry College.
Lovin Contracting, a Robbinsville company known for supporting RHS acdemics and athletics, contributed $5,000 scholarships to university-bound Lauren McGuire (Young Harris College), Logan Odom (WCU) and Kamri Beasley (WCU) and $2,500 scholarships to community college attendees Madison Lail and Rex Allen Sellers.
Tim Thiessen received the $1,000 Frank Findley Perseverance Award initiated this year in honor of Frank Findley. Thiessen, who will attend college at Berea, was chosen by coaches and teachers for exhibiting “perseverance, grit and resilience.” Thiessen was a first year wrestler who didn’t think he’d get a chance to compete. Still, he attended every practice and was extremely supportive of his teammates. He had a willingness to learn.
Out of 2,400 applicants, RHS students received six Golden Leaf Scholarships, which is considered outstanding.