On Saturday evening, the Rotary Club of Franklin honored the scholastic champions at Franklin High School and announced the five finalists for the Roy Rickman Scholarships – $15,000 to one student spread over four years and four onetime $2000 scholarships).

This year’s finalists for the Roy Rickman scholarships are: Emily Corrado, Abigail Emory, Morgan Guynn, Kate Reed Inabinet, and Cayleigh Kolodzik.  Each June, the Rotary Club conducts the Roy Rickman Scholarship fundraiser to support these scholarships and more than two dozen other community projects.  Rotarians offer tickets to the event for $100 which includes dinner for two, and an opportunity to win an automobile.

The Club also highlighted the “Weimer Jones Academic Excellence Recognition Award” to the top students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes at Franklin High School.

The recognized seniors were Emily Corrado, Abigail Emory, Morgan Guynn, Lorien Helm, Kate Inabinet, Meagan Jay, Brock Kloeppel, Cayleigh Kolodzik, Robert McAllister, and Dante Walker.

The honored juniors were Maggie Baldwin, Morgan Bumgarner, Tyler Harrell, Christopher Jenkins, Brandon Jiang, Allen Martin, Riley Payne, Aimee Roberts, Olivia Scott, Samantha Stahl, and Olivia Swift.

The honored sophomores were Chloe Breedlove, Isabella Cooper, Shayla Davis, Brenden Dooley, Phillip Hedden, Wolf Helm, Dennis Marion, Maitlyn Rewis, Jared Ross, Gabrielle Tallent and River Thompson.

More than 120 people attended the event including Rotary International Scholar Jennylee McLaughlin of Belize who is completing her master’s degree in education at Western Carolina University.  McLaughlin returns to Belize in the summer to continue working with young people and helping them seek out meaningful careers. Jenny V. Sorrells gave an inspiring keynote address highlighting her experience with Rotary from being an Interact student to her Rotary exchange experience in Costa Rica. Sorrells is an Outreach Counselor working with Project Discovery at Western Carolina University.