Maryville High School seniors Molly Hunt and McKenzie Sacchet won the top Lamar Alexander scholarships during Wednesday night’s Maryville Scholar’s Banquet.
Hunt won the $25,000 scholarship, Sacchet won the $15,000 award, and students Jessica Jordan, Annemarie Anglim and Hannah Lazar won $1,000 scholarships.
CBBC annually sponsors the Maryville Scholars Banquet. During the banquet, Hunter Tipton was honored as valedictorian and Olivia Miller was named salutatorian.
Students who are nominated for the Lamar Alexander Scholarship must exemplify a dedicated student - one who accepts a challenge and strives for excellence; take a high percentage of bonus point courses from a variety of academic areas in grades 9 through 12; show integrity in all aspects of the school community; and be involved in extracurricular activities throughout the high school years, according to the guidelines. Hunt is a National Merit Commended Scholar, has been a Maryville Scholar and a member of National Honors Society for 2 years, and has received Daily Times Academic Letters in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math. She also earned Summa Cum Laude Merit on the National Latin Exam.
She has participated in All East and All State Choirs, World Changers and Race for the Cure. In addition, she has served on her Church Youth Leadership Council and in her free time, she volunteers at Blount Memorial Hospital.
Hunt’s nominating teacher wrote that her “thirst for knowledge causes her to look outside herself to broaden her compassion for others.” Her nominator called her a “passionate learner” who “found her greatest emotional and financial challenge to be the death of her father this school year.”
McKenzie Sacchet’s nomination said the senior excels in the academic arena. She has received letters in math, science, social studies, English and Spanish, been a member of the Maryville Scholars for 3 years, and served as president of the National Honor Society. She is graduating with a weighted grade point average of 4.52. Her teachers describe her as an extraordinary young woman with a drive to succeed, a person who demonstrates excellence, character, and leadership, her nominating teacher said.
In the areas of extracurricular activity and service, Sacchet has been a 4-year cheerleader, serving as captain her senior year. She has also been a star mentor, a member of the class planning and prom committees, and the treasurer of the Art Honor Society. She has served her community by participating in the Community Food Connection during her junior and senior years.
The Lamar Alexander Scholarship was established in 1980 by Maryville High School with the recipient receiving a $500 scholarship. In 1995, the Maryville City Schools Foundation took over the financial management of the scholarship and began partnering with the Alexander family to fund it. Over the years. the scholarship grew to $10,000 with the purpose of rewarding selected graduating Maryville High School seniors for their academic accomplishments.
From 1995 through 2007, Maryville City Schools Foundation and the Alexander Family partnered to fund over $60,000 in scholarships for Maryville students. During 1995 Sen. Lamar Alexander served as a private citizen on the Lockheed Martin Corporation board of directors and recommended the Maryville City Schools Foundation for a one-time grant through the Lockheed Martin Corporation Charitable Award Fund. The grant was awarded during 2007 and allowed the foundation to grow its endowment and fund two annual scholarships in the amount of $25,000 and $15,000 and 3 one-time scholarships of $1,000 each.