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Hobkirk Hill Chapter DAR awards first scholarships

Posted: July 6, 2012 6:33 p.m.
Updated: July 9, 2012 5:00 a.m.

This is the first year the Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has given (DAR) scholarships. For the past three years, we have had luncheons to raise money for a high school senior. Members of the DAR and benevolent citizens have contributed enough so that we are able to donate $500 scholarships to the following deserving seniors. These students have shown an interest in preserving history. They have participated in community activities and achieved high academic standards.

The following seniors graduated from Camden High School and have been accepted at a College or University:

Alexandra Ann Stephens plans to attend College of Charleston and wants to take courses that will lead to teaching history or becoming a pharmacist. She has volunteered at the animal shelter and for Special Olympics. She has done fund-raising for the March of Dimes and cancer society. She was a member of Junior Leadership, Junior Class Council, Desassure Tri-Hi-Y, Beta Club, National Honors Society and Writing Club and was an officer in the Ecology Club. She was chosen for the Upchurch and Jowers Academic Team.

Leila Ann Peebles will enroll in Francis Marion University and will take courses leading to a teaching degree with hopes of teaching in Kershaw County. She was a member of Beta Club, Desassure Tri-Hi-Y, Varsity Tennis team and Key Club and was the editor of the Yearbook. She attended the Farm Bureau Leadership Conference. She has done fund-raising for Multiple Sclerosis and participated in the Broad Street Trick or Treat program.

Erika Elaine Halligan plans to attend Furman University and major in biology. She has designed art work for the Carolina Cup jerseys and had art work displayed at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, in the school office and at her church. She attended the Governor’s School and Clemson Chemistry Enrichment Camp. She was a member of Junior Leadership, Beta Club and Academic Booster Club. She has raised money for cancer, retired horses, Special Olympics and Toys for Tots. She won the Good Citizen Award given by the NSDAR. She has tutored students in English and writing.

The Lugoff-Elgin High School winner of the $500 scholarship was Layla Ferjani. She was captain of the soccer team, was a feature editor of the newspaper and served on the Student Council, in Junior Leadership of Kershaw County, Beta Club, National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. She has volunteered at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, Special Olympics and United Way. She plans to attend Columbia College.

The North Central High School winner of the DAR scholarship was Carman Willie Fowler. She was a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Key Club, Junior Leadership and the Varsity Tennis team. She volunteers at her church in the Sacks of Love program, the Halloween Celebration on Broad Street and the Special Olympics. She plans to attend University of South Carolina.

The sixth winner of the scholarship was a senior at Tamassee DAR School in Oconee County. This school serves children in crisis and was founded in the early 1900s. This school is owned by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution and supported by DAR chapters and gifts of contributors interested in investing in the lives of children in need of stability in a caring environment. The senior receiving the award was Alexandra Owens. She plans to attend Tri-County Technical College. She played on the basketball team and participates in the performing arts and chorus and band. She was chosen as a page for Founders Day at Tamassee.

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