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Academic All Stars look to college
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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The future was in the building at the Hopkinsville Community College Auditorium, Tuesday evening, for the 16th Annual Regional Academic All Star awards and recognition ceremony.

“You all are great learners,” New Era Publisher-Editor Taylor Hayes addressed the all-stars. “You’re poised to become the next generation of leaders and innovators in our country.”

The New Era as well as various sponsors from around Christian County awarded $28,000 in scholarships this year, bringing the total amount awarded since the program’s inception to over $330,000 to nearly 1,500 students.

High school seniors and eighth graders from Christian, Caldwell, Todd and Trigg counties as well as Fort Campbell were nominated by teachers and judged for their academic achievements, extracurricular activities and a personal essay.

Eight students were nominated in the categories arts, career and technical, English, foreign language, journalism, mathematics, science and social studies. One winner is selected from each category.

Each senior nominee received $100. The New Era awarded a $500 scholarship to each winner. Jennie Stuart provided $1,000 to each winner and $200 to each runner-up.

Other sponsors also provided scholarship awards to winners and runner ups. Austin Peay State University, Hopkinsville Community College, Murray State University, Middle Tennessee State University and Western Kentucky University also will provide scholarship awards to students who attend their institutions.

Tyler Pratt, of University Heights Academy received the most prestigious award of the night, the All-Star MVP. Fortera Credit Union awarded Pratt a $2,000 scholarship and AMFINE awarded him a $500 scholarship for his efforts.

“I was not expecting getting those scholarships at all,” Pratt said. “I’m glad my academic pursuits have gotten me this far and they’re not going to stop here.”

Pratt said he plans on attending Murray State University next fall. He hopes to pursue a degree in Engineering Graphics and Design. He said he wanted to become an architect one day.

“I see architecture as a happy compromise between my scientific and art talents,” Pratt said.

Middle Tennessee State University vice president of marketing and communications Andrew Oppmann spoke as the featured speaker of the event. Oppmann graduated from Hopkinsville High School in 1981 and he used his speech to prepare students for the next step in life.

“Right now, you’ve got more information about college than I ever did,” Oppmann said. “All this information, though, can sometimes set a high bar.”

He encouraged students to get involved in campus groups and he gave them some advice on how to succeed as a student.

He said college students, on average, switch majors three times and one in three students change college institutions before graduating.

“Adulting is hard,” he said.

He encouraged the future college students to take advantage of the resources that will be available to them.

After the awards ceremony, the attendees gathered at a reception in the Auditorium hall. Both the nominees and the night’s winners will finish up their high school career before graduating and seeing where life takes them.

Todd County Central High School students who were honored are as follows:

  • Arts & Humanities - Samantha Flitton
  • Career & Technical - Van Frogue
  • English - Alexandra Brooks
  • Foreign Language - Hannah Stewart
  • Journalism - Dharma Paulman
  • Mathematics- Alexandra Brooks
  • Chemical Science- Bonita Stubbs
  • Social Studies/Economics - Krista Whitaker

Hannah Stewart recieved Honorable Mention in the category of Foreign Language. She recieved a $250.00 Scholarship and a $100.00 gift card.  Bonnie Stubbs was selected from nominees to recieve an iPad.

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