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|Top students to be honored at achievement banquet|
Top high school juniors and seniors in the parish will be recognized during the 22nd Annual Franklin Parish Academic Achievement Banquet, set for 7 p.m. April 17.
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.
"This year, we'll be recognizing 51 seniors and 40 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 their ACT are also presented a cash award of $25.
The scholarships are funded through donations from individuals, civic groups and businesses.
"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 $18,825 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.