THAYER -- Four seniors from Thayer High School have been awarded Physical Therapy Specialist Clinic Memorial Scholarships. According to the scholarship review board, this year's group of applicants was the "cream of the crop." Each year the board reviews between 80 and 120 applications looking for students who exhibit high personal and leadership qualities as well as excellent accomplishments.
Students from Thayer receiving the scholarships are: Dasha Fraley, Valerie Dixon, Aaron Henry and Tiffany Poulette. Students from Oregon, Douglas, Howell, Shannon, Texas and Wright counties are eligible. The scholarships can be used at any accredited college for any degree program.
"I have served on this board since its creation in 1998 and this has been the most challenging year. The board increased the required ACT score to 23 which resulted in a slightly fewer number of applications received but made the job of narrowing it down that much more difficult," stated Carol Silvey, SMSU director of development and PTSC board member.
"All these students are deserving. They are talented students and will no doubt become leaders in their field. This year's recipients, however, are outstanding and I expect them to accomplish great things in their lives."The following Thayer students received the PTSC scholarships:
DASHA FRALEY of Alton will receive the Christel AraSmith-Chester Memorial Scholarship. She is a senior at Thayer High School and her parents are Rolla and Dan Fraley. She attended the Missouri Scholars Academy, and was vice president of Future Business Leaders of America, and voted Varsity Softball Most Improved. She was active in many school clubs as well as band and softball. Fraley is currently enrolled at the University of Missouri-Columbia with plans to major in health sciences and go on to graduate school.
VALERIE DIXON of Thayer will receive the Kyle Gilliam Memorial Scholarship. She is the daughter of William and Brenda Dixon. She will be co-valedictorian of her graduating class. She placed third at FBLA competition with her multimedia presentation, placed first at the Rolla Regional Science/Engineering Fair with her gerontology project, and has been a class officer each year. She has been on the school's volleyball, basketball, softball and swim teams and has been active in many clubs as well as community events. She will be attending the University of Missouri at Columbia majoring in business with plans to become a business owner in the Thayer area one day.
AARON HENRY of Thayer will receive the Julie McGoldrick Memorial Scholarship. He is the son of Joe and Donna Henry. He was voted Student Council president two years in a row, was selected treasurer of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America, and placed first at the Rolla Regional Science/Engineering Fair in the Behavioral and Social Science Division. He was named to the first team All-State Basketball team, was active in BETA and Spanish clubs and was on the Bobcat football, basketball and baseball teams. He will be attending Southwest Missouri State University for his undergraduate degree and plans to attend dentistry and orthodontics school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His long term goal is to open an orthodontics office in Thayer.
TIFFANY POULETTE of Thayer will receive the Tyler Simer Memorial Scholarship. She is the daughter of Robert and Teresa Poulette. She will be co-valedictorian of her class, was the president of the Thayer FBLA chapter, received the Citizenship Award from the General Federation of Women's Clubs (sophomore pilgrimage), and was elected a finalist for the BETA Club national scholarship. She has been active in her community and has been on the Bobcat basketball and volleyball teams all four years. She intends to obtain a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia with plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in genetic research.