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Students Receive Dernell Stenson Scholarships

Students Receive Dernell Stenson Scholarships
Ka’Various Perry, Miracle Hutchinson (not pictured), and Holliday Lynn were recognized for receiving Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation Scholarships. (Pictured with School Superintendent Dr. Brian Shumate, foundation representatives Brenda Harbut and Marion Tate, and School Board Member Brandon Brooks)

Tommy Murphy

Staff Writer

Prior to the regular business during the June Troup County Board of Education Meeting, the school system recognized several students who were awarded scholarships by the Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation.

LaGrange High Valedictorian Ka’Various Perry was selected as the winner in the Academic Excellence category. Holliday Lynn, of La-Grange High, was selected as Best All-Around Athlete and Miracle Hutchinson, of Troup High, was selected as Best All Around.

All three students were awarded $1,500 scholarships to continue their education pursuits at the college level.

Foundation representatives Brenda Harbut, Marion Tate, and James Stenson were on hand to present the scholarships.

The group also presented three middle school students with certificates and $100 gift cards as part of their STEM Achievement Awards. The awards were given to Hayden Emerson, Daniel Lee, and Esther Lee, of Gardner Newman Middle School.

Dernell Stenson was a 1996 graduate of LaGrange High School where he excelled scholastically and athletically. He was the 1994 Granger Most Valuable Player and was voted best Pitcher in 1994. He was a third round draft in Minor League baseball at the age of 18, with the Boston Red Sox organization and stayed with them until the spring of 2003, to play with the Cincinnati Reds in the Major Leagues.

The Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation was established in his memory to promote and support academic and athletic growth for students and sponsor athletic and fitness-oriented activities by providing annual scholarships to high school scholars and athletes. The foundation has provided scholarships to 31 recipients, totaling over $50,500. Their STEM Awards have provided an estimated $1,850 to elementary and middle school students.

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Gardner Newman Middle School students Hayden Emerson, Esther Lee, and Daniel Lee (not pictured) were also awarded certificates and $100 gift cards as part of the Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation STEM Achievement awards.

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