Education notes


Marshall County graduate Jackson Chumbler has been named a Sen. Jeff Green Scholar by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade-point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT. Jackson currently has a score of 34 on his ACT, and for the last year of high school he earned a GPA of 4.91. He has also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). If he keeps his grades up in college, he will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree. Chumbler is attending the University of Kentucky this fall as a member of the Lewis Honors College. He is majoring in computer science within the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering, and he has received the Thomas Lester Engineering Scholarship as well as the Presidential Scholarship.

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Thomas Dean Simmons, a 2019 graduate of McCracken County Schools, received the 2019 National Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship that is administered by the Organization for Autism Research. Out of 746 applications, Thomas was one of 38 scholarship recipients, making this year the most competitive year in OAR history. The son of Shaun Simmons and the late Surrisa Simmons, Thomas' plans are to study video game design at nonPareil Institute in Orlando, Florida.

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Dallas McKinney, son of Tim and Tonja McKinney of Mayfield, has been awarded the AMS/Glickman Family Scholarship. McKinney is pursuing a bachelor's degree in meteorology at the Western Kentucky University. Twenty one senior undergraduate scholarships were awarded this year.

McKinney was awarded the Kentucky TRIO Programs Susan Adams Leadership Award (April 2019), NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship (May 2018), and West Kentucky Community & Technical College Unsung Student hero Award (May 2017). He is interested in weather forecasting. McKinney plans to attend graduate school and looks forward to conducting research in climate change and making weather forecasts more accurate. He aspires to work as a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

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