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South Shore Academic Scholarship Winners Named in Marion & Boone County Schools
May 2001

FLIPPIN, Ark. - The South Shore Foundation is awarding $1,000 scholarships to seven top academic scholars in the six South Shore area high schools this month, according to the president of the foundation, Steven G. Sanders. "The students who receive the South Shore Academic Scholarships are those at the top of their class academically, based upon their high school grade point average plus their college entrance exam test scores," Dr. Sanders said.

This year's recipients are: Bobby Don Birrer - Yellville-Summit School; Brett Wayne Gilbert - Omaha School; Leslie Janine Hyatt - Lead Hill School; Collette Denise Keymer - Bruno-Pyatt School; Abigail Lee Moser - Bergman School; and Steven Thompson and Leia Vandermast (tie), at Flippin School.

Bobby Don BirrerBobby Don Birrer is the son of Randy and Reanell Birrer of Bruno. He is co-valedictorian of his Yellville-Summit High School graduating class and a National Merit Finalist. Birrer has won district FBLA honors in networking and technology concepts, and district and state FBLA honors in information processing concepts. He was named to Who's Who in FBLA. Birrer is an Eagle Scout. He has been active in Boy Scouts of America, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Yellville Environmental Awareness Club, and the First Baptist Church Youth Group. Birrer plans to attend Harding University at Searcy to study computer engineering.

Brett Wayne GilbertBrett Wayne Gilbert is the son of Larry and Sharon Gilbert of Omaha. Gilbert has received academic awards at Omaha High School in chemistry, biology, physical science, earth science, world history, American history, Algebra I, pre-algebra, geometry, and won 4th in accounting in FBLA district competition. Gilbert played basketball and was a member of VICA, FBLA, and Beta Club. He plans to attend Arkansas Tech University and study accounting.

Leslie Janine HyattLeslie Janine Hyatt is the daughter of Lisa and David Hyatt of Lead Hill. She received academic achievement awards in Spanish I & II, U.S. History, advanced math, English II, and agri structures. Hyatt was in the Student Council and cheerleading and played softball. She was a member of Future Farmers of America, Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America, National Honor Society, and the gifted and talented program. Hyatt plans to attend North Arkansas College to study secondary English education.

Collette Denise KeymerCollette Denise Keymer is the daughter of Graham and Beverly Keymer of Pyatt. She received academic awards in keyboarding and American history, and earned the National History and Government Award. She is listed as an All-American Scholar and Who's Who Among American High School Students. Keymer participated in basketball, softball and track, the gifted and talented Challenge Program, Quiz Bowl, and was a member of FBLA FHA. Keymer plans to attend North Arkansas College to study radiologic technology.

Abigail Lee MoserAbigail Lee Moser is the daughter of Myrna Galligan of Yellville and is the Bergman High School winner. She earned high school academic awards in 11th grade advanced placement English, 12th grade journalism, and was the Congress/Bundestag Youth Exchange Program Alternate. In sports, she played basketball (Green Forest All-Tournament Team), soccer (Sportsmanship Award), tennis, and softball. Moser was a member of Envirothon, (W*E*T* Project), Target, Spanish Club, Beta Club, Senior Scholars, Quiz Bowl, FBLA, and FCCLA. She was a Senior Olympics volunteer. Moser plans to study communications at the University of  Arkansas.

Steven ThompsonSteven Thompson is the son of Charles and Lisa Thompson of Flippin. He has also been awarded the UCA Presidential Scholarship and is a two-time winner of the Woodmen of the World American History Award, and winner of Future Farmers of America  public speaking awards at the sub-area, district and state levels. Thompson was captain of the Quiz Bowl team for two years, is a member of the Drama Club, chosen Best Actor in 2001 and Best Supporting Actor in 2000, German Club, National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Choir and Select Choir. He plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas to study history.

Leia VandermastLeia Vandermast is the daughter of Pat and Bruce Lawhead of Flippin. She was an All-State Band qualifier in 2001 and a member of All-Region and All-Star Band for four years. She attended Arkansas Governor's School and was an AEGIS participant, and is secretary  of National Honor Society. Vandermast was captain of the flagline, on the Band Council, was an officer in Art Club, Drama Club, German Club, Arkansas Young Artist Association, and a member of Key Club's Junior Pride Team, a peer mediator, a fire marshal, and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She plans to study painting at the Kansas City Art Institute.

South Shore Foundation is the charitable foundation of the Northern Arkansas Telephone Company. Its board of trustees is drawn from business, government, and education leaders in Marion, Boone, and Baxter Counties. The foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that also serve the South Shore area, or communities located along the south shore of Bull Shoals Lake.

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