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Special to the Recorder

The Downtown Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis honored 25 area high school seniors who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives and presented $41,000 in scholarships to four candidates at its 36th annual Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards banquet recently.

The four scholarship recipients are:

n First-place recipient – Jamie Louise Pierle, Perry Meridian High School

n Second-place recipient – Daniel Dorsett, Arsenal Technical High School

n Third-place recipient – Ryan A. Gossett, Ben Davis High School

n Fourth-place recipient – Kayla Blackburn, Decatur Central High School

James D. Blythe II, senior partner of Blythe & Ost Attorneys and chair of  the Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards committee, served as master of ceremonies of the awards program.

Circle of Valor awards were presented to the remaining 21 candidates, each representing an area high school. Candidates were nominated by their high schools for the scholarships because of their achievements in the face of daunting obstacles.

“Our scholarships are not (financial aid) scholarships,” explained Blythe. “They are ‘recognition’ scholarships. We honored and recognized these 25 students who have proven, despite overwhelming personal difficulties, that they can and will succeed.”

The Abe Lincoln Scholarship program has three goals:

• Public recognition for each nominee and his/her accomplishments.

• Special recognition for four nominees in the form of significant scholarship funds.

• Delivery of the public message to other young people struggling with difficulties that there are people within the community who care about them, recognize them and encourage them to work toward success.

Here are the remaining candidates and their schools:

Arlington High School-Alicia Turner

Beech Grove High School-Crystal Goodwin

Bishop Chatard High School-Ellen L. Collier

Broad Ripple High School-Chelsea Jamison

Cardinal Ritter High School-Rebecca Nickels

Cathedral High School-Charlie Chamness

Covenant Christian High School-Abigail Frey

Crispus Attucks High School-Masadies Nicole Yeakey

Franklin Central High School-Matthew J. Marshall

George Washington Community School–Cesar Silva

Indiana School for the Blind-Kane Sparks

Indiana School for the Deaf-Benjamin S. Polstra

Lawrence Central High School-Jazmin Crozier

Lawrence North High School-Rasheem McDowell

Northwest High School-Courtney Paige Bowling

Pike High School–Briana Meeks

Roncalli High School–Ashly Fisher

Southport High School-Ahmed Salih Mahdi

Speedway High School-Danielle N. Taylor

Thomas Carr Howe High School- Jasmine A. L. Rice

Warren Central High School-Shellise Donnerson

Helping students reach goals Rodney Nichols (standing) gives instructions to parents and students at Arlington High School on College Goal Sunday, a day when volunteers at various high schools help students prepare for higher education.
Helping students reach goals Rodney Nichols (standing) gives instructions to parents and students at Arlington High School on College Goal Sunday, a day when volunteers at various high schools help students prepare for higher education.

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