American Legion Post 109

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Hartwell Graduates Awarded Scholarships

By American Legion Post 109


Allison Atkins, Brittany Evans and Cassie Gowder Earn $ 1,000 College Grants


            Hartwell’s American Legion Post 109 Commander Lee Griswold recently announced the award of new $ 1,000.00 college scholarships to three outstanding Hart County 2013 graduates.


            The three recipients named were Allison Atkins, Brittany Evans and Cassie Gowder – all members of the 2013 Graduation Class at Hart County High School.  Allison, who is the daughter of Mike and Deneen Atkins of Hartwell, and Cassie, who is the daughter of Teresa Stowers of Elberton, will attend The University of Georgia.  Brittany - who will attend Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida - is the daughter of Brian and Buffy Evans of Hartwell.


            Competition for these scholarships was very keen among the fourteen applicants from graduating Seniors throughout Hart County.  Each individual’s record was thoroughly reviewed by five independent judges who scored their application on the student’s history in the areas of extra-curricular and work activities plus letters of recommendation from adults who know them well.  Academic achievement in core subjects was also an important factor, although it was assumed acceptance by any institution of higher learning would indicate satisfactory performance in this area.  Finally, each one was asked for and judged on a short essay on the relevance today of President Kennedy’s 1961 quote – “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”


            A frequent remark made by almost every judge underscored how difficult it was to finalize the relative rankings since it seemed that “all fourteen applicants were “winners” because each was so outstanding”.


            Commander Griswold expressed the great pleasure felt by Hartwell’s American Legion Post 109 with these awards, and wished each of the three recipients the very best as they begin the next stage of their lives.


(Left to Right) Bob Savage (ALP 109 Youth Programs Chairman), Allison Atkins, Sidney Reed (ALP 109 Adjudent), Cassie Gowder, Lee Griswold (ALP 109 Commander).