Hudgins, Smith awarded Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic scholarship

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Sarah Hudgins and Ashley Smith, seniors at Carroll County High School, have been awarded a $1,000 Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic Scholarship by Owen Electric Cooperative and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.

Hudgins and Smith were two of 100 seniors from Kentucky’s smallest high schools who came to Richmond for interviews they hoped would earn them $1,000 college scholarships. The interviews, part of the 2011 Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic, were held Saturday, Jan. 8, at Eastern Kentucky University’s Perkins Conference Center in Richmond.

“Owen Electric Cooperative congratulates Sarah and Ashley on this award,” said Whitney Duvall, manager of communications for Owen Electric. “We are committed to supporting youth and education, and we are proud of this year’s scholarship winners.”

Fifty-one seniors from Kentucky’s smallest high schools were awarded the $1,000 college scholarships this week. More will be awarded later this summer based on funding and availability.

Four hundred and sixty-eight students from all areas of the Commonwealth applied for the awards. Of those, 100 showed up for the interviews, which were conducted by panels of business people and educators from across the state.

Students from the state’s 125 smallest schools qualify for various Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic programs in academics and sports, including competitions for the scholarships and in basketball, art, cheerleading, baseball, softball, volleyball and golf.

Eligible students for the scholarships must be in their senior year at one of Kentucky’s Class “A” high schools.

The students must attend a post-secondary school in Kentucky, whether it is a college, university, community college or vocational/technical school. The All “A” Classic has awarded nearly $1 million in academic awards since it started giving scholarships about 20 years ago, said Stan Steidel of Cold Spring, the Classic’s chairperson.

“Once again we had great participation from some of the brightest kids in Kentucky,” Steidel said. “It’s a pleasure to be able to help them.”