ALBANY, Ga. — In keeping with its mission, the Exchange Club of Albany not only fights child abuse, it rewards youth who excel in scholarship, leadership and character.
At its noon meeting Friday, the club awarded Paige Barker, a Sherwood Christian Academy student, a $1,000 scholarship check as its Youth of the Year.
Betty Johnson, of Albany High School; Megan Boswell, of Deerfield-Windsor High School, and Ellen Roberts of Westover High School all received $450 scholarship checks as exemplary youth.
“As the Youth of the Year, Barker can now compete for the district,” said Steve Perrine, the Exchangite who introduced the students. “Then she could go for the national and $10,000. We were impressed by all the students, their hard work in and out of the classroom and by the extent they gave back to the community.”
First place in the speech contest went to Whitney Thornton, also of Sherwood Christian Academy. After a flawless rendering of her memorized speech on the importance of voting, she collected a scholarship check for $250.
Runner-up in the contest Meera Kuntawala, of Westover High School, also flawlessly delivered a speech on the framework of a strong government that is for, by and of the people. She collected a scholarship check for $100.
In their efforts to reward students and give to many civic groups such as Open Arms and Liberty House, the club raised $4,134.25 at its annual yard sale last Saturday.
Another fundraiser, the Deputy Dawg Golf Tournament, is scheduled for Friday. Bill Banks, club secretary, added that there are still hole sponsorships and places for golfers available.