ABINGDON, Va. — Four Washington County high school seniors who plan to pursue teaching careers received scholarships earlier this spring from the Washington County Retired Teachers Association.
The nonprofit organization, which utilizes the talents and skills of retired educators through meaningful community activities, awarded each student a $250 scholarship to further their undergraduate education.
The recipients are Hunter Farley, a graduate of John S. Battle High, and the son of Kevin and Stephanie Farley; Morgan Keith, a graduate of Holston High, and the daughter of David and Vonda Keith; Kari Walker, a graduate of Abingdon High and the daughter of Kelly and Jimmy Walker; and Jenna Lamie, a graduate of Patrick Henry High, and the daughter of John and Patricia Lamie.
Hunter Farley plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University where he will major in professional golf management and prepare for a career that allows him to share his love of golfing with young people. He was an active member of the golf and soccer teams at John S. Battle High School, as well as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Future Business Leaders of America.
Morgan Keith plans to attend Northeastern State University before transferring to Tennessee Technological University to major in agriculture education. At Holston High School, she played volleyball. She was a member of Future Farmers of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and student council. Morgan enjoys riding and caring for her horse.
Kari Walker plans to attend Emory & Henry College where she will major in elementary special education. Kari was inspired to pursue this field after babysitting a child with Down syndrome. At Abingdon High School, she played volleyball and has volunteered as a volleyball coach. She also worked in the Memory Care Center at Commonwealth Senior Living in Abingdon.
Jenna Lamie plans to attend Virginia Highlands Community College and later transfer to Christopher Newport University to major in elementary education and music. At Patrick Henry High School, she was a member of the Rebel Voices Choir and the Rebel Regiment Band. Jenna has been an honor roll student since elementary school.
Washington County Retired Teachers Association was organized in 1965 by a small group of retired teachers. Since then, membership has grown to nearly 50.
The local chapter is affiliated with the Virginia Retired Teachers Association and the National Retired Teachers Association.
“We would like to have more members,” said Shirley Mullins, secretary and historian for the chapter. According to Mullins, people who have taught in Washington County and the surrounding areas are welcome to join.
Other officers are Mary Garrett, president; Susie McConnell, vice president; Shirley Snead, treasurer; and Carolyn Fleenor, legislator.
In addition to awarding student scholarships each year, members of the group host tours of the Duncansville One-Room School Museum in Abingdon during the Virginia Highlands Festival.
Members also donate food and money to Ecumenical Faith in Action, a Christian mission outreach serving southwestern Virginia.
The Washington County Retired Teachers Association gathers for luncheon meetings at 11:30 a.m. the third Monday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at Jubilee House Retreat and Conference Center in Abingdon.
To learn more about the organization, contact Shirley Mullins at firstname.lastname@example.org.