Tri for the Kids raises $18,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia. Beth Smith, representative of R.A.C.E. Rome, along with several Tri for the Kids triathletes, recently presented J.R. Davis, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia, a check for $18,000 from the proceeds of the 11th annual Tri for the Kids Youth Triathlon held this past spring.
“In the 11 years of the Tri for the Kids race, R.A.C.E. Rome has been able to give back very generously to the youth of Rome and Northwest Georgia,” said Smith. “It is such a pleasure and privilege to work alongside great organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs for the betterment of youth in our area!”
Tri for the Kids is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event is sponsored by R.A.C.E. Rome. The race, hosted by Darlington School, attracted 200 triathletes from Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.
Two teen volunteers from Floyd Medical Center, Taylor Carles and Rupal Patel, have been awarded the Jean Cory Youth Scholarship from the Georgia Hospital Association..
The Jean Cory Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who have been active youth volunteers at a local hospital and who provided 80 or more hours of volunteer service. The scholarship helps students continue their education at a technical college, or state college or university in Georgia.
Patel and Carles were two of 12 teen volunteers chosen for this scholarship in the state of Georgia. The GHA’s Council on Service, which awards the scholarship, is divided into six districts with two teens selected from each district. There are currently 70 hospital member volunteer groups that are eligible to compete for the scholarship.
Patel graduated from Rome High School and will attend Shorter University in the fall with plans to transfer to the University of Georgia to earn her undergraduate degree. She plans to work with children either as a pediatric dentist or physician.
Patel volunteered two summers, working in ICU and preop where she filed paperwork and put away supplies. During part of her second summer, she worked the magazine cart. This involves taking a cart of donated books and magazines to each patient room and asking patients if they would like something to read. “I liked the magazine cart the most because I got to interact with patients and visit them in their rooms, and also got to meet many nurses and doctors,” said Patel.
Carles graduated from Pepperell High School. She plans to attend Berry College for one year and then transfer to Georgia Tech to complete her college degree. After earning her undergraduate degree, she hopes to attend Emory University School of Medicine and specialize in surgery.
Carles was a teen volunteer for two summers. During her second year, she served as an ambassador for the Volunteen program, helping recruit new students, assisting with orientation and giving tours. Carles also worked at the front desk. “Aside from being in a hospital environment, since that’s where I want to work as a career, I enjoyed being able to talk to and interact with people who came in,” she said.
To be part of the Volunteen program at Floyd Medical Center, students must be 16 or 17 years old, complete an application, write an essay, and provide references, their GPA and a list of extracurricular activities. Students must give at least 40 hours of time and attend two lunch and learns to successfully complete the program.
North Georgia EMC announces the 2019 Howard Baker Memorial Scholarship winners for our area.
- Eli Brock of Armuchee High School, was awarded the 2019 Howard Baker Memorial Scholarship for Floyd County. Brock plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in business.
- Kayla Hutcherson, also from Armuchee High who lives in Chattooga County, also was a scholarship winner. She’ll be attending the University of Georgia, majoring in music education
- Olivia Forrest, a graduate of Gordon Central High School, will be attending the University of North Georgia, majoring in modern languages
High school seniors who reside in households served by NGEMC are eligible to apply for the $1,000 scholarship, which is offered in partnership with Tennessee Valley Authority and named for former NGEMC board member Howard Baker. Seven scholarships are presented each year to one high school senior from each of the seven counties that NGEMC services. For more.
Shaw Industries has introduced the Associate Dependent Scholarship Program, a scholarship of $1,000 awarded to deserving students of associates at Shaw.
This year, 55 students received this scholarship. Current high school seniors set to graduate with a high school diploma in 2019 and enrolled in full-time classes at an accredited institution in summer or fall 2019 were eligible to apply. The anonymous scholarship review panel assessed applicants’ academic honors and an essay submission regarding how they plan to create a better future in their communities through continuing education.
The Associate Dependent Scholarship is a further example of Shaw’s commitment to future workforce development. From reading to robotics, the company partners with community and educational programs focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) skills and career opportunities, through mentorship, coaching and skills training. The company sees these efforts to prepare the next generation for high-tech, modern manufacturing jobs as vital for future success.
Shaw employs 4,500 people in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties.