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Mayor and Council,
I have the pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2022 Shenandoah Resident Scholarship. Chaired by Dixie McLeod, I was part of the scoring committee this year and proudly represent the committee tonight as Dixie is out of town with her own grandchildren’s end-of-the-year activities.
Each applicant had three writing topics this year. 1. A student profile of 200 words, 2. A 250-500 word essay on “What or who has had the biggest impact on your life so far and how? And finally 3. A 1,000-word essay on “What are the roles of ethics and integrity in your daily life? How do they impact your dealing with others? We got some very good papers and are announcing the two winners of scholarships tonight. Each of these students will receive a $1,5000 scholarship applied directly to their college.
In alphabetical order, the first recipient is Micah Parks, son of Justin and Rachel Parks, who will graduate from College Park High School. Micah plans to attend the University of Texas. One of five children, Micah is a serious student as well as a serious athlete, a member of the varsity track and cross county teams. He also is a working student which has helped him learn to interact with varieties of people, a skill his biology teacher says she has seen him use in the classroom with his classmates.
Our second recipient is also a soon-to-be College Park graduate. Sophie Randall is the daughter of Natasha and Kris Randall. In 2010 her family moved to Papua New Guinea and returned to the US in 2016, a move she described as an “incredibly new environment.” She has been accepted to several colleges including the University of Hawaii, Sam Houston State University, and Louisiana State University (LSU) which may be the main contender. She plans to study animal science and zoology. Her recommendation from her voice teacher called her an “excellent candidate because she excels in so many areas --- from academics to high morals, amazing work ethic, volunteering and helping others.”
The Civic Club is proud to have a part in recognizing these young people and hopes that, at some point, they may return to Shenandoah and someday see their children being honored here.