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Rotary Club of Newton Conover announces scholarshi­p winners


Since 1949, the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover has served the community. A standing mission of Rotary clubs all over the world is to take action to enhance basic education and literacy in local communitie­s. One way the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover addresses this mission is through local scholarshi­ps. The Rotary Club of Newton-Conover presented the Dr. John F. Sinnett Scholarshi­p to a deserving student, Allison Meadows. This year a new scholarshi­p was initiated in honor of Rotarian Pat Gibson, the Patricia F. Gibson Education Scholarshi­p. This scholarshi­p was awarded to Grayson Creekmore, a student dedicated to music education.

The Dr. John F. Sinnett Scholarshi­p, through the Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) Foundation, was establishe­d by the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover to honor Dr. John F. Sinnett for his contributi­ons to Rotary as a member of the Rotary Club of NewtonCono­ver in all capacities of leadership

including Rotary District 7670 Governor. Dr. Sinnett exemplifie­d “Service Above Self”, the basis for which Rotary Internatio­nal was organized. A scholarshi­p in his memory enables and encourages a deserving CVCC student to develop their leadership potential as exhibited by their present and future contributi­ons to the community entering one of CVCC’s Health and Human Resources Programs.

The 2022 Recipient of the Dr. John F. Sinnett Scholarshi­p, Allison Meadows, plans a career in Nursing. Meadows has been accepted into CVCC’s Nursing Program in Fall of 2021 and into LenoirRhyn­e University’s (LRU) Regionally Increasing Baccalaure­ate Nursing (RIBN) program. Upon graduation from CVCC in Spring 2021, Meadows plans to work as a Dermatolog­ist Nurse with a goal of completing her bachelors degree at LRU in 2024.

Meadows is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Youth Group. She volunteers at local nursing homes and the Christian Crisis Center. Meadows looks forward to a career helping people and is already grounded in ‘service above self’.

The Patricia F. Gibson Education Scholarshi­p was establishe­d this year to honor Pat Gibson for her contributi­ons as a life-long educator, Rotarian, community supporter, mentor, and friend. As the first female Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover, there were hurdles to jump. Gibson also forged new ground as principal of the new middle school concept and later Assistant Superinten­dent of Newton-Conover City Schools. In addition, Gibson was one of the first recipients of the Red Blazer Award from the NewtonCono­ver School System and after retirement went on to mentor and supervise student teachers through Appalachia­n State University. Gibson’s amazing drive does not stop with her love for education; she is passionate about church and many community organizati­ons such as Dolly Parton’s Imaginatio­n Library, ECCCM, Nu Chapter Delta Kamma Gamma, and more. Gibson is the backbone of her family and a dear friend to many.

The Patricia F. Gibson Education Scholarshi­p sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover was awarded to Grayson Creekmore. A member of the National Honors Society and first in his class at Newton-Conover High School, Creekmore plans to attend James Madison University for Music Education. Creekmore has been a percussion section leader in the Newton-Conover High School band, given private lessons, and participat­ed in local, regional, and state bands plus Governor’s School West. A testament to his character was summed up in a reference letter, “natural leader amongst his peers – gentle spirit and warm compassion.”

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communitie­s, and in ourselves. Anyone interested in being involved in the internatio­nal organizati­on, may contact Joy Cline at 464-0311 ext. 276.

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