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|Top students to be honord at banquet|
Top high school juniors and seniors in the parish will be recognized during the 23rd Annual Franklin Parish Achievement Banquet, set for April 30 at 7 p.m. The theme for this year's banquet will be "Singing Your Praises."
The event is sponsored jointly by the Winnsboro Franklin Parish Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin Parish School System and recognizes juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and above, and/or an ACT score of 25 or above.
"This year, we'll be recognizing 36 seniors and 44 juniors," said Carol Pinnell-Alison, one of the organizers of the annual event. "The students are our guests for dinner in their honor and we also invite parents to attend."
Juniors receive a certificate for their achievement while seniors receive a plaque and are eligible for scholarships ranging in value from $250 to $1,000. Seniors with a 25 or above on the ACT are also presented a cash award of $25.
The scholarships are funded through donations from individuals, civic groups and businesses. Each scholarship is awarded through a random drawing and seniors must be present to be eligible.
"In recent years, we've raised enough money to award a scholarship to every senior present, and that's our goal again for this year," Pinnell-Alison said.
Last year, some $19,000 was awarded in scholarships. Donations of $25 and up are still being accepted for the scholarship awards. Businesses or individuals donating $250 or more may present the scholarship at the banquet while smaller donations are combined to create awards of $250, $500 or $1,000.
Tickets for the event are available to parents and the general public for $10 each at the chamber office, 435-4488.
The banquet will be held at the Franklin Parish High School cafeteria.