Crime Stoppers gives special rewards to Hopkins County seniors
Association awards scholarships to 8
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
May 4, 2007 - For years, the local Crime Stoppers board has handed out cash for information about crimes.
But this week, for the first time, the association gave money to deserving high school seniors to help them afford their quest for a higher education.
Crime Stoppers had started a special program that involved Sulphur Springs High School students, and then installed a special division at each of the county schools in an effort to cut down on crime.
Earlier this year, when the Crime Stoppers board evaluated its finances, they decided they had enough money to fund a few scholarships for county teen-agers.
"This is the first year we have done this, and we don't know if we'll be able to do it next year,” said Joe Minter, current chairman of the Crime Stoppers board of directors. “We hope to be able to expand in the future. The whole idea is to encourage students in school to do the right thing."
In order to apply students were required to be enrolled in a Hopkins County school district. They also had to submit a copy of their transcript, SAT and/or ACT scores, and a one-page essay explaining why they should be selected for the scholarship and how Crime Stoppers adds value to the school and community.
Also taken into account were the students’ class ranking and class size, grade point averages, accomplishments, community involvement, and future plans such as college, university and career goals. Board members also asked for recommendations from superintendents and principals.
Three members of the local Crime Stoppers board — Joe Minter, Scott Ferguson and Clyde Browning — judged the 17 applications, which were "so good, so outstanding, it was very difficult to try to decide."
This week they awarded seven scholarships for $250 each and one scholarship for $1,000, all to Hopkins County youth.
The $1,000 scholarship went to Robby Jackson, the valedictorian at Sulphur Springs High School. Students awarded $250 scholarships were Sulphur Springs salutatorian Landon McCaig and seniors Erica Dorsey, Robby Moore, Price Orwosky and Lauren Longino, Como-Pickton senior Jacqueline Hoppenreys and Saltillo senior Chloe Roberts. Cherish Bolton was selected as an alternate for the scholarship, should one of the students, for whatever reason, not accept or need it.
"We selected students who were not necessarily valedictorians or salutatorians, but those who indicated a need, showed promise or some indication they would succeed in college," Minter said. "We tried to help those most needful. We'd like to have given all of them $1,000 — they were all really well done."
He noted that McCaig was a superior student and well-deserving. Roberts, who is tops at Saltillo, was noted to have good writing skills. Roberts and Jackson both indicated in their essays a desire to become teachers. Orwosky was notable for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
Hoppenreys not only had a good GPA and high SAT scores, but is "involved in all school activities and working her way through school." The Como-Pickton student's essay was especially poignant in expressing her desire to go to college and determination in overcoming hardships. She exhibited a definite need, as she has applied for various scholarships but as yet has not been approved for any, Minter noted.
The Crime Stoppers board which oversees program operations includes Joe Minter, chairman; Calvin Prince, vice chairman; Jon Coffee, treasurer; Art Romanat, secretary; members Joe Scott, Larry Maeker, Ray Munson, Don Patterson, Clyde Browning, Jim Rose, Joe Suggs, Gordon Ford, Bill Brewer, Aubrey Washington, Bill Elliott and Scott Ferguson.