Ferriday Rotary Club hands out honors

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 9, 2008

FERRIDAY — Four local students were honored for their civic and academic achievements Thursday.

Ferriday High School student David Turner, Huntington School student Amberlee Collard, Monterey High School student Jonathan Lipsey and Vidalia High School student Bradley Martin were each presented with the $1,200 Ben K. Green scholarship at the Ferriday Rotary Club’s weekly meeting.

The students were selected from among applicants at their respective schools, and were awarded the scholarships based on their ACT scores, grade point averages, their civic and community involvement and a short essay they were required to submit.

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Though he is unsure of where he will ultimately go, Turner said he wants to enter a four-year university and study mechanical engineering.

“Hopefully I’ll go to work for NASA,” he said.

With plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Collard said she plans to graduate in nursing.

“I want to specialize in anesthesia,” she said.

Planning to major in pharmacy, Lipsey will attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

“After that, I’ll come back here,” he said.

After he enrolls at Louisiana State University, Martin said he wants to study kinesiology, the science of human movement.

The Ben K. Green scholarship is an endowed, yearly scholarship given by the Ferriday Rotary Club in memory of Green, who was superintendent of schools in Concordia Parish from 1969 until his death in 1978, scholarship committee member Jeanine Herrington said.

Before he was superintendent, Green taught at Ferriday Elementary School, where he eventually became principal.