West High Students earn scholarship

Four students received the Ralph W. Sharpe Memorial Scholarship recently. From left to right, Olivia Grace Blakely, Tanner Ryan Collins, West High School Principal Jeff Kinsler and Emma Carolina Mitchell. Not pictured is Ryleigh Anne Goodman.

Four students from Morristown-Hamblen High School West received a $2,000 scholarship from the Ralph W. Sharpe Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Recipients were Olivia Grace Blakley, Tanner Ryan Collins, Ryleigh Anne Goodman and Emma Caroline Mitchell.

“Usually, we only award one scholarship, but this year there were four outstanding applications, and we recommended each be awarded a scholarship,” said Betsy Stubblefield, selection team member.

Ralph Sharpe was a highly respected an popular teacher by his colleagues and students and taught English in Hamblen County in the 1960s and ‘70s. Sharpe died in 2016.

Requirements for the scholarship are that the students be a graduating senior in the top 20 percent of the class and plan to attend a four-year college.

Students are expected to write an essay as well.

Three other former students comprise the selection team: Kay Senter, Ann Cranford and Ann Huckaby.