Powell Recipient of AFMA Scholarship
Special recognition was handed-out Monday, April 30, at the meeting of the Clay County Fair Board to an active member of the Junior Fair Board. During the festivities, hosted by fair manager Marty Conley and secretary Lisa Conley, certificates were presented to the three graduating members of the Junior Fair Board. And, for the first time ever, a Clay County student was presented with one of the Arkansas Fair Manager's Association scholarships.
The surprise event was planned to present Hannah Powell, a senior at Piggott High School, with the AFMA scholarship. Hannah, the daughter of Charlie and Tom Powell of Piggott, has been active in the junior fair board along with numerous organizations, clubs and sports teams at PHS. To receive the scholarship, she submitted an application which displays activities in a variety of categories, such as school activities, leadership skills and community involvement—all areas in which Powell has excelled.
Only one student may apply for the scholarships from each county, and each year the AFMA awards a total of eight. Of those, one is for $1,200; three are for $1,000 and the other four are for $800. Hannah was recipient of a $1,000 scholarship as her impressive application showcased her extensive involvement in both school and community.
Georgia Ratliff, with the AFMA, was on hand to make the presentation. “She was a very active young lady,” she said of the Clay County applicant.
Ratliff noted the scholarship program was first started to help less fortunate students, and the funds are not distributed based solely on those with the best academic stature. “Scholarships are awarded to students who display hard work throughout various areas of the their lives,” she explained. “It is a good organization, When I first ran to be on the board I was running for the kids.”
Lisa Conley addressed the other members of the Junior Fair Board in attendance, explaining that “hard work pays off” and encouraging the other students to submit applications when they become seniors.
In addition to Powell, the board also paid tribute to the other two members who will be graduating, Erin Dixon and Reagan Ralph, by presenting them with certificates of recognition.