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The Kentucky Middle School Association has named Hannah Thompson, an eighth-grade student at J.T. Alton Middle School, as one of its 2012 scholarship winners.
Each year, 16 eighth-grade students across the commonwealth receive the award. The students earn a certificate of recognition and a $100 savings bond.
Hannah is the daughter of David and Marcella Thompson of Vine Grove.
“Hannah is an exceptional young lady and student. She was a member of Alton’s Kentucky Youth Assembly, BETA, 4-H, Student Technology Leaders Program, Project Citizen, WKU History Competition and Speech Team. She was also an anchor for Alton’s morning news show – WJTA,” J.T. Alton Principal Jama Bennett said.
Outside school, Hannah likes to volunteer with her church, babysit, and raise money for the American Cancer Society.
“As the child of a soldier, I feel very thankful to live in a free country where I can grow and pursue my dreams of success and happiness. I plan on having a life where I can make a huge difference in my community and society,” Hannah said.
She has aspirations of a career in a medical field and would like to attend either the University of Kentucky or Vanderbilt University.
Students are selected based on a written application and must exemplify academic excellence, outstanding citizenship, a commendable attitude and leadership.
The application includes an essay written by the student explaining how she exemplifies the traits advocated by KMSA and letters of recommendation from one of the student’s current teachers and principal. Also, the student’s grades, attendance and conduct records are reviewed.
The scholarship program was started as a way to recognize adolescents who are making positive contributions to their schools and communities while building awareness of scholarship programs with eighth grade students.
Schools are encouraged to use the application process as a tool for teaching students about submitting applications with a written product and obtaining letters of recommendation.