Kiwanis Scholarship Winners
Floyd Students Receive Rome Kiwanis Scholarships
Posted on 06/14/2016
John Spranza
John Spranza, a recent graduate of Pepperell High School, took home the top scholarship award of $2,000 at the Rome Kiwanis Club's first Scholarship Awards Dinner held Monday evening in the Tillman hanger at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome. A total of ten scholarships were awarded to students from Armuchee, Model and Pepperell at the event. 

Kiwanis presented $500 academic scholarships to 2016 graduates Mallory Umberhandt, of Armuchee High; Fatima Waseem, Armuchee High; Payton Couey, Model High; Emma Roberts, Model High; and John Spranza, Pepperell High.  Spranza added the top scholarship to bring his total of scholarship winnings to $2,500 for the evening.

Spranza plans to attend Lees-McRae College in North Carolina in the fall.  The Pepperell High soccer standout also has received a scholarship to play soccer for the Bobcats.

The academic scholarship winners were active participants in their local high school Key Clubs sponsored by Kiwanis. Tonya Davis, immediate past president of the Rome Kiwanis Club, praised the students for their ability to focus on academic success in high school while also serving others.  "These young people have impressive resumes with excellent grade point averages, active extra-curricular participation and still they find time to serve their community and others," Davis commented. 

The Kiwanis group also recognized scholarship winners from the group's Music Showcase from earlier in the year.  Five Floyd County students were winners in the annual showcase of local high school music talent. Ella Claire Chambless, a 2016 graduate of Model High, won the competition and received a $1,000 scholarship.  A quartet of singers from Coosa High and Pepperell High teamed up to take the third place award and a scholarship of $200.  The group included rising junior Christopher Morgan and rising sophomore Zac Mitchell from Coosa High School; and rising seniors Max Rampley and Brice Green from Pepperell High School.

The music scholarship winners also provided entertainment for the evening.  Ella Claire Chambless performed a selection from the musical Cats.  The quartet was missing bass singer Brice Green from the acapella group so each of the remaining three sang a solo selection.

Kiwanis scholarships are funded through the group's sale of apples and peaches.  The peach fundraiser is currently underway with fresh peaches available from Lane Orchards in South Georgia.  Information about the peach fundraiser can be found on the Rome Kiwanis Club Facebook page.   

Photo: John Spranza
Photo: Ella Claire Chambless sings accompanied by Christopher Morgan