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LCCHS student earns esteemed scholarship

There are a number of qualities that define an excellent student. In no particular order those qualities might be motivation, openness, punctuality, engagement, preparedness, time management and commitment. In the eyes of Macon State College, Lamar County senior Kimberly P. Walker embodies each of these plus some. Friday Walker was awarded the Macon State College Presidential Scholar award. On hand was Dee B. Minter, associate vice president for enrollment services, Hannah Moncrief, admissions representative for Macon State, high school principal Derick Austin, junior/senior counselor Holly Cantrell and Walker’s mother Melanie Niblett. ”This scholarship contest is by invitation only,” said Minter. “To even apply students must have a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average and an 1150 or higher on their SAT. The invitation to apply is an honor in itself.” Moncrief was quick to add, “You’re the type of student we need at Macon State. You’re a leader.” A typical day for this atypical student consists of high school courses, introductory college courses at Gordon, cheerleading practice and a part-time job at American Pie Pizzaria. ”I’m busy. I’m always on the go, but that doesn’t mean I don’t take school seriously and it doesn’t mean I can’t focus on one thing at a time,” said Walker. Admitting Macon State was not in her top choices for school, Walker is part of a growing number of high school graduates who base their college choices on scholarship money available. Her mother appreciates the gesture. ”No, Macon State wasn’t her first choice. Coupled with HOPE, this scholarship really does help us as a family and confirms Kimberly will get a solid, college education,” said Niblett. The scholarship is worth a total of $20,000 and is paid in the amount of $2,500 each fall and spring semesters. As Walker spoke to the Macon State reps and basked in her achievement Austin leaned in to Cantrell and added, “This is a great personal accomplishment for her. Beyond that it shows Lamar County has some great high school students itself.”

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