GRAFTON—Now is the time of year that Grafton High School (GHS) Seniors take the stage during their annual awards ceremony, and in front of the friends and classmates, they are presented with scholarships, recognizing their hard word and dedication, not only throughout their senior year, but in the years leading up to it.
Although the annual celebration was unable to take place, due to the Coronavirus pandemic forcing schools to close, representatives from the Grafton High School Class of 1968 met with this year’s scholarship recipients for a special presentation on Thursday.
During their miniature awards ceremony, 1968 classmates Larry Clark and Jane Cost presented two GHS seniors with certificates noting them as recipients of scholarships that would help them continue their academic journey after graduation.
The GHS Class of 1968 is proud to announce this year’s two graduating seniors and honor graduates, Fletcher Newell and Josie Grass, as the 2020 recipients of the annual “Class of 1968 Scholarship Award.”
Newell is graduating as Valedictorian of the Class of 2020. He plans to attend Columbia University in New York City and will major in commutative physics, with future plans to work with a NASA team in their future missions to Mars.
“This a great opportunity to get from our community and hopefully, I’ll be able to use this to give back to our community one day,” he said. “I see this as a really good opportunity.”
Grass is graduating 10th in the class of 2020 and will be attending Fairmont State University. She will be majoring in Pre-Dentistry, with future plans to attend dental school at West Virginia University. Her goal is to ultimately become an Orthodontist.
“It is really, truly and honor to be awarded with this scholarship,” Grass expressed. “I think it is a great way to help further my education.”
This year, the Class of 1968 was fortunate enough, through very generous donations of classmates to ‘The Class of 1968 Scholarship Fund,’ to offer two $5,000 scholarship awards, according to Cost.
The scholarship fund was initiated in 2018, and each year, the fund had grown larger and larger.
“This has happened through continuous monetary donations of classmates to support our incredible upcoming leaders from Grafton High School,” explained Cost.
Students wishing to apply for the unique scholarship must submit an essay of at least 500 words, describing their accomplishments, community service they’ve taken part in and their future collegiate plans.
The committee then reviews the essays and conducts interviews to determine the final winners.
“This year, because of the current guidelines and restrictions in place, our process was a bit different as the interviews were conducted virtually,” said Cost.
Although it was something new and somewhat intimidating for Gross, she said that the committee eased her fears and made the interview pleasant.
“I was really very nervous about the interview, but they made me feel very comfortable,” she commented.
The Scholarship Committee works closely with the GHS Counselor, Taylor Wyatt, to provide information to the graduating seniors.
“All of the 2020 senior applicants were so deserving of our award, and in a perfect world, we wish we could have offered them all financial assistance,” Cost announced. “We are proud of the academic accomplishments of all of this year’s applicants and of both of these exceptional students. We know they will make us proud in their future endeavors.”
Congratulations on this special honor Fletcher and Josie. Keep working hard, staying positive, keep a smile on your face and reach for the stars!