The Lee University 2019 Rymer Scholars are shown here after receiving their awards at a luncheon on Thursday. Pictured (left to right) are Cole Shelton, Gabe Harden, Madison Gobble, Avery Morrison, Mikayla Beasley, Reyna Whitaker, Anna Grace Jackson, Lake Preston-Self, and Kate Gwaltney.
On Thursday, April 25, Lee University awarded nine incoming freshman the 2019 Rymer Scholarship. Three Gold Scholars, three Silver Scholars, and three Bronze Scholars were presented at the annual Rymer Scholars luncheon on Lee’s campus.
The Rymer Foundation, established in 1989 by Hoyle Rymer and his father, Robert Rymer, awards the scholarships annually. The award honors exceptional achievement and encourages local high school students to continue their education in Cleveland. Since the scholarship’s inception in 1989, more than 200 students have earned the title “Rymer Scholar.”
Nine finalists from Bradley Central (BCHS), Cleveland (CHS), and Walker Valley High School (WVHS) were chosen for the 2019 awards. The Lee University President’s Office, along with the principals from all three high schools, appointed the selection committee.
The selection committee reviewed the applications and conducted interviews with each finalist. Scholars were assessed based on their leadership in extracurricular, athletic, and church-based activities, high school rank, grade point average, college entrance exam scores, and the interview.
This year’s Rymer Gold scholars are Kate Gwaltney (BCHS), Anna Grace Jackson (WVHS), and Lake Preston-Self (CHS). They each will receive a scholarship of $10,000.
Gwaltney is the daughter of Ralph and Lisa Gwaltney. She has a GPA of 4.0 and is ranked 3rd in her class. She is involved in the National Honor Society and the Beta Club, is a member of the tennis team and French Club, and participates in Lee University’s math competition. She has also been a volunteer for projects with the Salvation Army, Flint Springs Ruritan Club, and the Bradley County Election Commission.
Jackson is the daughter of Richard and Sharon Jackson. She has a GPA of 4.0 and is ranked 4th in her class. She is the captain of the volleyball team and a member of the Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Beta Club, National Honor Society, and the Oceanography Club. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army.
Preston-Self, the son of Casey and Joey Mitchell, has a GPA of 4.0 and is ranked 1st in his class. As well as being the section leader and soloist for the marching and concert bands, he is involved in the jazz band, musical orchestra, the Lee University Honor Band, Engineering Honors Club, and Model United Nations. He has served as a volunteer in several community projects, such as local music camps, Veteran’s Day services, and clean-ups on the Tennessee River and Mouse Creek.
The 2019 Rymer Silver scholars are Mikayla Beasley (WVHS), Avery Morrison (BCHS), and Reyna Whitaker (WVHS). They will each receive a scholarship of $5,000.
Beasley, daughter of Ryan and Cari Beasley, has a GPA of 4.0 and is ranked 6th in her class. She is involved in varsity volleyball, National Honor Society, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Chamber Choir, and is on the Gold Honor Roll and the On Point Teen Board. She received the Physical Science Award, is a Circle of Champions Gold Scholar, and volunteers for kids’ camps and Habitat for Humanity.
Morrison is the daughter of Jason and Brittany Morrison. She is ranked 17th in her class and has a GPA of 4.0. She is a member of varsity cheer, Health and Occupational Students of America (HOSA), Student Council, FCA, National Honor Society, and National Technical Honor Society. She has interned with Bradley Veterinary Hospital and Signature Healthcare and volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, First Baptist, and the Empty Stocking Fund.
Whitaker is the daughter of Eric and Karen Whitaker. She has a GPA of 3.9 and plans to study English education. She is involved in varsity ladies soccer, the Beta Club, and National Honor Society. She coaches for the Shine Soccer Camp, volunteers at local summer camps, and has participated in several missions trips with her church.
The Rymer Bronze scholars are Madison Gobble (WVHS), Gabe Harden (CHS), and Cole Shelton (CHS). They each will receive a scholarship of $2,000.
Gobble, daughter of Jeffery and Renee Gobble, is ranked 26th in her class and has a GPA of 4.0. She is a member of the Walker Valley drama club and Wind Ensemble, on the Honor Roll, and is first chair trombone and head drum major in the band. She is a member of the World Language Club, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and serves on the On Point Teen Board.
Harden is the son of Randy and Whitney Harden. He has a GPA of 3.9 and is ranked 17th in his class. He is the captain of the cross country team and has played soccer all four years of high school. He is recipient of the Criminal Justice Award and Raider Scholar Award. He has also volunteered with the Empty Stocking Fund for the past four years.
Shelton, the son of Jeff and Richelle Shelton, has a GPA of 3.6 and is his class representative. He held positions on the Principal’s Advisory Committee and the Cleveland City School Director’s Advisory Committee, is involved in the National Honors Society, and is a CHSLive Today and CHSLive Sport Production director and producer. He has participated with the service-based organization, Interact, and has volunteered at many local elementary school events.
All monetary awards will be dispersed to the winners over a period of four years.
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