Rotary’s Ben Green Jr. scholarships awarded

Published 1:51 pm Saturday, May 5, 2007

Ferriday — Three area high school students were honored with scholarships by the Ferriday Rotary Club Thursday.

Katie Moak, who attends Huntington School, Jared Price, who attends Monterey High School and Rachel Roberts, who attends Vidalia High School, were the recipients of the club’s Ben Green Jr. Memorial scholarship this year.

Each student received a scholarship worth $1,250.

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Along with their application, the students had to submit an essay interpreting the phrase “Lend a hand, lead the way.”

If someone does not lead the way by helping others, nothing will ever get done, Roberts said.

President Hugh Bateman said he is proud of the students past and present the club has awarded.

“It’s a marvelous occasion to see the good side of youth in your community,” he said.

Moak is involved with student council, Beta club, is a recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution good citizen award, is a civic volunteer and maintains an “A” average.

She plans to go to LSU-Shreveport and major in biology.

“I’m thinking about going into medicine,” she said.

Price plans to attend LSU-Alexandria and study political science and history of government.

He is a member of Beta club, attended the state literary rally, is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and maintains a 3.9 grade point average.

Roberts, who had to finish her final math exam before rushing to the award ceremony, said she plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe and will major in pre-physical therapy.

She is a member of the FCA, a cheerleader, plays softball and works at the Vidalia city court. She keeps a 3.22 GPA.

The Ben Green Jr. scholarship was started in 1979 by the Rotary Club in memory of Ben Green Jr., a former superintendent of schools, Jeanine Herrington said.

Green was born in Monroe, but grew up in Ferriday, where his father was postmaster.

After finishing high school, he joined the newly formed U.S. Marine Corps and fought in the battle of Iwo Jima. During his service, he was reported missing in action three times.

Green enrolled at LSU after the war, where he earned a degree in education. He returned to Ferriday, where he taught at Ferriday Elementary.

After earning his master’s degree, he became principal of Ferriday Elementary, and in 1969 he was appointed superintendent of schools.

“This was during a very important time in our schools,” Herrington said. “He was superintendent during integration.”

At the time he was superintendent, Green earned a doctorate in education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He died in 1978 while he was superintendent.