JMH awards scholarships to local students

9/4/2013


ABINGDON, Va. – Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH) has awarded scholarships totaling $9,000 to nine outstanding Washington County, Va., high school graduates who excelled in athletics and academics or are planning to pursue careers in health care.

“We are excited to acknowledge these promising students, as well as invest in their education,” said JMH CEO Sean McMurray, “JMH is committed to supporting the youth of our community.”

Five seniors received a JMH Health Career Scholarship. MacKenzie Jean Blanchard, Kacy Renee Thomson, John Stuart Hernandez, Jaymee Rose Copenhaver and Katie Elizabeth Barker each were awarded a $500 grant to be applied toward college tuition for the 2013 fall semester. Following completion of their first year of college, each recipient will be eligible for an additional $500 grant if they remain in good academic standing. Students awarded this scholarship intend to pursue a medical related career and have demonstrated characteristics necessary for becoming a successful worker in the health care industry.  Such traits include outstanding academic performance, a caring attitude, dependability and a strong work ethic.

MacKenzie Jean Blanchard of Abingdon High School (AHS) plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and aspires to become a neonatologist. She has been an active volunteer with Relay for Life and Johnston Memorial Hospital.  She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Scholastic Bowl and the Southwest Academic Competition team.  Blanchard also was active in the marching band and student council programs at AHS.

Holston High School’s Kacy Renee Thomson plans to become a medical examiner and will attend Miami University of Ohio.  She served as a member of the National Honor Society, student council, 4-H club and was a Washington County Community Scholar.  She participated in volleyball and cheerleading.  She is an active volunteer with Relay for Life and the First Baptist Church of Damascus youth group.

John Stuart Hernandez of John S. Battle High School (JSBHS) plans to pursue a career as a physician and will attend the University of Virginia. He has been involved at JSBHS as a member of National Honor Society, Debate Club and Academic Bowl and as a member of the football, wrestling and soccer teams. Hernandez attended the Governor’s School for Life Sciences and Medicine in 2011, was a Jefferson Scholarship finalist and served as the 4-H state vice president.

Patrick Henry High School’s Jaymee Rose Copenhaver hopes to become an oncologist or oncology researcher and plans to attend the University of Virginia. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was a National Merit Scholar, an AP Academic Scholar and a Washington County Community Scholar.  Copenhaver also was a volleyball and basketball team member for the Rebels and volunteered for several youth athletic camps.

Katie Elizabeth Barker of JSBHS is the William N. Neff Center for Science and Technology recipient. Barker will attend Virginia Intermont College and aspires to be a pharmacist. She was a member of Health Occupations Students of America and National Honor Society, and was a Washington County Community Scholar.  She also was a member of the soccer and cross country teams at John S. Battle High School.

Four seniors received the JMH Ed Hill Scholar Athlete Award. Tanner McChain Cook, Sarah Elaine Collie, Raymond Ward Luchini and Hannah Brooke Doss each received a one-time $1,000 grant. This award was established in honor of Mr. Ed Hill, a long-time physical therapist at Johnston Memorial Hospital and an active community advocate of high school athletics. To be a candidate for the award, students must have excelled in both academics and athletics during high school. 

Tanner McChain Cook of Abingdon High School plans to pursue a degree in sports management at King University.  He excelled in cross country and indoor and outdoor track while participating in various other school organizations. Cook was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Republican Club. He is an Eagle Scout and an active volunteer for Abingdon United Methodist Church

Holston High School’s Sarah Elaine Collie hopes to pursue a degree in Bible at Milligan College. She served as President of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Collie was an active member of the cross country and track and field teams; marching, concert and jazz bands; and the Student Council Association.  She is an active volunteer for various organizations in her community.

Raymond Ward Luchini of John S. Battle High School will attend the University of Virginia in the fall with plans to complete a degree in pre-medicine.  He participated in a various activities at JSBHS including football, basketball, baseball, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He has been a Washington County Community Scholar and has volunteered with several community and church programs.

Patrick Henry High School’s Hannah Brooke Doss plans to attend Emory & Henry College to pursue a biology degree.  She excelled in volleyball and soccer while participating in several scholastic and community activities. She was a member of the Student Advisory Committee, Future Teachers of America, Future Farmers of America and Rowdy Rebels Club.   Doss was a member of the National Honor Society and a Washington County Community Scholar.

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