Justin Jett, a Melbourne High School graduate, has been chosen as the 2003 recipient of the $4,000, four-year Boyd Carpenter Scholarship presented by First National Bank of Sharp County.
Jett, the son of Bill and Dena Shipley of Horseshoe Bend, ranks eighth in a class of 35, has a grade point average of 3.67 and has been active in many of the extra-curricular activities of the school.
Some of Justin's activities include: senior class president; Beta Club vice president, and member for four years; Student Council secretary; History Club reporter and member for four years; FBLA member for four years; FCCLA member for three years; Bible Club treasurer; FFA Northeast District vice president, delegate to state convention for three years, delegate to national convention for two year, chapter sentinel, secretary and vice president; Gifted and Talented Program for four years; baseball for one year; HOT (Helping Other Teens) for two years; American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for two years; helped build city park, and helped relocate county library.
Honors and awards he has received include: Honor Student -- taking accelerated classes; Who's Who Among America's High School Students; voted Most Talented and Most Involved by student body; United States National Award Winner in honor by the Achievement Academy for three years; FBLA's third place in impromptu speaking for district; FCCLA's first place in state job interviewing skills; semi-finalist for Arkansas School for Mathematics and Science; first place for entertainment at Izard County and Northcentral District fairs for four years; Bob Evans Award at Arkansas State Fair; quiz bowl winner; first place in talent show for four years; FFA's first place in extemporaneous speaking at Northeast District Fair, Star Greenhand, Leadership Award, High Team Point Individual in dairy food judging, Washington, D.C., ambassador, Space Odyssey ambassador to Orlando, Fla., second place in agricultural communications, Star Chapter member, State Courtesy Corp for two years, State Farmer Degree, and first place in state for SAE.
He also is a member of his church group, helps plan and sings at large youth rallies attended by several local youth, is a member of a band called "Diastole," a drummer in the church praise band, DJ and sound/light producer for dances, member of the Bethesda Fire Department, student member of the Izard County and NCA District Fair Boards, Special Olympics volunteer, and volunteers at the nursing home.
Jett plans to attend Ozarka College, with a major in business marketing and a minor in small business management. He currently owns his own business -- J Squared Productions. Last year he produced the first four-band rock concert in Izard County and is currently coordinating efforts for a second concert.
An outside committee that included a resident from each of Izard, Fulton, and Sharp Counties, made up the selection committee for the scholarship. The committee reviewed all applications and interviewed all applicants.
First National Bank of Sharp County offers the scholarship each year to a high school graduating student planning a major in a business-related field. This is the 20th year the scholarship has been sponsored by the bank.