The Manager and Board of Directors of Highland Telephone Cooperative, Inc., (HTC) presented this year’s scholarships to winning seniors Monday, May 25, 2021, at Company headquarters in Sunbright. This is the twenty-first year the scholarships have been awarded by HTC to high-school seniors judged to be the winners of their essay contest. The deadline for turning in the essays was March 19, and the winners were announced today. The essay was entitled “How Technology in Telecommunications Impacted the Pandemic of 2020” and was judged by an impartial panel consisting of local teachers. Each judge reviewed essays from a county other than their county of residence.
The awards presentation was held at Company headquarters in Sunbright, following the CDC guidelines for social distancing and small groups.
Recipients of the scholarship must present proof of enrollment or incurred fees at the post-secondary institution of their choice to receive the scholarship funds. Students may use the scholarship at any post-secondary institution.
There were eleven (11) $1,000 scholarships awarded. The winners are as follows:
MORGAN, ANDERSON AND CAMPBELL COUNTIES:
• Keiara Munday, Sunbright High School, 628/965 exchange, David Freytag, Director
• Collin Bunch, Wartburg Central High School, 346 exchange, Donald Jones, Director
• Macee Brackett, Oakdale High School, 369 exchange, Mickey Bingham, Director
• Milas Campbell, Wartburg Central High School, 324 exchange, Max Spurling, Director
• Gracie Martin, Oneida High School, 569/286 Exchange, Ms. Dorothy Watson, James E. Terry, Directors
• Mikayla Sexton, Oneida High School, 569/286 Exchange, Ms. Dorothy Watson, James E. Terry, Directors
• Marcie Day, Scott High School, 663 Exchange, Jan Byrd, Director
• Allie Rae Bailey, Scott High School, 627 Exchange, John Tate, Director
• Marah Hamlin, McCreary Central High School, 354 Exchange, Mr. Sam Strunk, Director
• Cortney Nicole Phillips, McCreary Central High School, 376 Exchange, Ms. Shelva Jo Jones, Mr. Tony Kidd, Directors
• Brooklyn Rose, McCreary Central High School, 376 Exchange, Ms. Shelva Jo Jones, Mr. Tony Kidd, Directors
Also receiving checks were three area school districts that provided judges for the grading of the essays. Their respective schools received a $500 contribution in appreciation for their time and effort in judging the essays. The money may be spent as the school deems appropriate. The judges included Ms. Samantha Taylor, Wartburg Central High School; Ms. Rhonda Davis, Oneida High School; and Ms. Tami Starrett, McCreary Central High School.
The response for the HTC Scholarship Fund was better than last year, even though we were still in the throes of a pandemic. HTC believes this is an excellent way to promote education among our young people and hopes that the scholarship program will continue to grow each year so that all seniors pursuing a secondary education will take advantage of this easy opportunity to win a scholarship.