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Seniors vie for Chamber scholarship




The Letcher County Chamber of Commerce has introduced a new program this year for seniors at Jenkins Independent and Letcher County Central High Schools. Chamber President Joe DePriest stated that the Chamber of Commerce wants to help produce eastern Kentucky graduates who will be responsible, productive members of the community. Therefore, the Chamber began a Work Ethic Program for high school seniors.

At the beginning of this school year, DePriest and his wife, Brenda, visited the schools to promote the Chamber’s Work Ethic Program. DePriest told students that work ethic is a set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence. It is also a belief in the moral benefit of work and its ability to enhance character.

Only Letcher County high school seniors are eligible for the award. Throughout the school year, participants will be judged on a variety of areas including attendance, punctuality, discipline, achievement, dependability, respectfulness, cooperation, and community service.

“We hope that the Chamber, through this program, can help our students in Letcher County understand what it means to the community for them to have a good work ethic. We believe that workers exhibiting a good work ethic are usually selected for better positions and promotions,” said DePriest.

Four students from Jenkins Independent and three students from Letcher County Central have completed the criteria and are eligible to win a $500 scholarship sponsored by Community Trust Bank, Whitaker Bank, Farm Bureau, Hospice of the Bluegrass, and Shred-All Documents.

Students Nick Holland, Kristy Brooke Hollenbeck, Lauren Nicole Revis, David Walker of Jenkins High School and Emily Hawkins, Kristen Bentley, and Falguni Patel of Letcher County Central High School all qualify for the Work Ethic Scholarship. These students will also receive a Work Ethic medallion and certificate at their high school graduation program.

The scholarships will be presented at the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Award Dinner on Tuesday, June 2, at Pine Mountain Grill.


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