Whitesburg KY

Three receive scholarships



Paige Nicole Lewis, Joshua S. Proffitt, and Michael R. Watts II are the winners of the fall 2010 semester Roy R. Crawford Memorial College Scholarships given by Elkhorn-Hazard Coal Land, LLC.

Lewis, the daughter of Robert and Patricia Lewis of Whitesburg, was graduated from Letcher County Central High School in 2008. She was ranked eighth in her class with a 3.79 grade point average and was salutatorian.

While attending high school, she was a member of the Beta Club, Drama Club, Inter-Act Club, and About Faith Youth Ministries, and was a PSI teen-leader, a cheerleader, editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and student government secretary.

She attends Transylvania University in Lexington where she is a junior and a member of the Chi Omega Sorority and director of sisterhood and personnel, the National Pre-Med Fraternity, and Biology Club.

Lewis considers herself to be very focused, driven, motivated, and competitive, which has helped her challenge herself and succeed academically. She is a biology major at Transylvania and plans to become a pediatrician.



She loves the community where she grew up because of its close-knit atmosphere where everyone is caring and sincere. When her education is complete, she plans to return to eastern Kentucky to work and live so she can contribute to the area she loves so much and provide health care to the children of the area.

Joshua S. Proffitt, the son of Barry and Stephanie Proffi tt of Isom, was graduated from LCCHS in 2009 first in his class with a 4.5 gpa and was valedictorian.

While attending high school, he was captain of the basketball team and played all four years, captain of the tennis team and played two years, and a member of the PRIDE Club. He played in All-District and All-Regional basketball games as a senior, and his team was the district champion.

He is a sophomore at Alice Lloyd College and is on the Dean’s Distinguished List. He will major in biology and plans to attend the University of Kentucky College of Medicine to become a doctor.



Proffitt says he is a wellrounded person and he pushes himself to succeed. He loves his community where everyone seems to care about each other, and would like to one day return to eastern Kentucky to provide health care for his neighbors and friends.

Michael R. Watts II, the son of Mike and Donna Watts of Letcher, was graduated from LCCHS in 2010. He was first in his class with a 4.8 gpa and was valedictorian.

While a student at LCCHS, he was on the varsity basketball team for four years and held leading roles in the school’s drama performances for two years.

He will attend Alice Lloyd College, majoring in political science. He then plans to go to law school in hope of returning to Letcher County to practice law and eventually run for an elective position in the judicial system and one day become a judge.

Proffitt says he has loved growing up in a tight-knit community and believes it has helped give him core morals and values. He can think of no better place to live and work to help make things better for his community.

These scholarships are given each semester by Elkhorn Hazard Coal Land, LLC, in memory of both Roy R. Crawford Sr. and Roy R. Crawford Jr., who were both engineers and coal mine operators beginning with the founding of R. R. Crawford Engineering in 1925. Applicants must be residents of Letcher County and plan to live and work in eastern Kentucky upon graduation. Preference is given to applicants majoring in a field that will be beneficial to the coal industry, but all applications are welcome. Selections are based on academic achievement, personal character, and need.

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