Saturday: Bring One for the Chipper from 10 a.m. to noon at Home Depot in Rome. Bring an undecorated tree, get a seedling to go — and grow.
Media release: The following college scholarships were reported Darlington’s College Guidance Office between Dec. 1 and Jan. 7:
Lawson Brown has earned a $65,600 Crosland Scholarship and an $8,000 Davis Scholarship from Samford University; a $44,000 Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship, an $8,000 Academic Scholarship, and a $6,000 Colvard Future Leader Scholarship from Mississippi State University; and a $92,000 Bell Tower Scholarship from Furman University. He is the son of Dr. Stephen and Melinda Brown of Rome.
Maria Capuz Martinez has earned a $64,000 Academic Merit Scholarship from Mercer University. She is the daughter of Joaquin Capuz Huerva of Madrid, Spain, and Silvia Martinez Garcia, also of Madrid.
Grace Garlinghouse has earned an $88,000 Faculty Scholarship from Texas Christian University and a $76,000 Academic Merit Scholarship from Mercer University. She is the daughter of Cezanne Garlinghouse of Fayetteville, Ark., and John Garlinghouse, also of Fayetteville.
Jenna Harrison has earned an $80,000 Centennial Scholarship from Rollins College. She is the daughter of Judith and Richard Harrison of Kingston, Jamaica.
Graysen Morgan has earned a $32,000 Academic Honors Scholarship from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the daughter of Chris (’87, LD ’17) and Tim Morgan (’87, LD ’19) of Rome.
Madison Rogers has earned a $36,000 Marion Scholarship from Samford University. She is the daughter of Marla Evans-Rogers (’93) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Scotty Rogers of Florence, Ala.
Rome High School junior Aden Conrad and seniors Carson Glass, Caleb Sabino and Gabe Kozelle have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest degree of achievement a Boy Scout can reach.
To achieve Eagle Scout status, there are several requirements that a Scout must satisfy before their 18th birthday. Sabino reflected on the hard work and commitment that it took to achieve this status, “I was required to spend 16-plus months in a leadership role for my BSA [Boy Scouts of America] Troop. I was also required to earn 21 merit badges,13 of which are specifically required that taught me a variety of skills, from wilderness survival to financial management. Lastly, I was required to plan and carry out a service project that helped my community.”
Glass says the feat remains surreal, “I started Cub Scouts in third grade. Since I started then, it took me a little over nine years to achieve my Eagle Scout rank. I was not sure this day would come; it is still really difficult to believe I have achieved this accomplishment.”
The 21 merit badges a Scout must earn include categories and skills such as, first aid, communication, emergency preparedness, environmental science or sustainability, personal management, camping, family life, and citizenship in the community/nation/world. All part of Troop 113, these four young men are fully aware that their Eagle Scout achievement has influenced them for the better and prepared them for the future.
“I think that the most valuable skill that Scouts BSA has taught me is how to lead a group,” Sabino said. “I served as Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 113 for six months, which taught me the responsibilities of a leader and allowed me to find my leadership style.”
Kozelle echoed a sentiment of gratitude, “Scouting has made me into the well-rounded person I am today and has given me great time management and leadership skills that sure will help me out in college.”