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Knights & Scholars

ELKINS — The Elkins Pilgrim Commandery No. 21 Knights Templar organization recently handed down scholarships to eight area high school students.

The “Pilgrim Commandery No. 21 Knights Templar Scholarship Award” is available to one senior student from each of the high schools in Randolph County and the amount for each scholarship is $1,000.

The scholarship award began back in the late 1980s when the organization was awarded a scholarship fund.

“The reason we are able to do it is because back when it started a lady, Edith Cooper Owens, passed away and left her small fortune to Commandery No. 21,” said Doc Rexrode, who has been with the organization for 25 years. “She didn’t have any heirs so she left it to our organization, which her father-in-law, a Dr. Owens, was very active in the lodge. We are still giving the scholarships out of that money today.”

Rexrode said the organization continues to draw interest from that gift. A good portion of the money has also gone to help the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, the mission of which is to to improve vision through research, education and supporting access to care

Abigail Lynnlee Hannan of Elkins High School receiving a $1,000 scholarship from Knight Templar Justin Thompson of Pilgrim Commandry No. 21 Elkins. Abigail is the daughter of Steve and Connie Hannan and plans on attending West Virginia Wesleyan College.

To earn the scholarship, each candidate must have an academic average of at least 3.00 in his or her high school endeavors. Each candidate also must write a short essay of two to three pages on the subject of “West Virginia: Past, Present and Future.”

The essays must be submitted by the candidate’s school along with a transcript of grades. Each award winner had certificates presented to them at their high school graduation ceremonies.

Sydney Jayne Cooper of Elkins High School receiving a $1,000 scholarship from Knight Templar Justin Thompson of Pilgrim Commandry No. 21 Elkins. Sydney is the daughter of Shawn and Maggie Cooper and plans on attending Davis & Elkins College.

Megan Nikole Raines of Harman High School receiving a $1,000 scholarship from Knight Templar Justin Thompson of Pilgrim Commandry No. 21 Elkins. Megan is the daughter of Todd and Cathy Raines and plans on attending Elkins Technical Center to pursue a nursing career.

Hannah Lee Phillips of Elkins High School receiving a $1,000 scholarship from Knight Templar Justin Thompson of Pilgrim Commandry No. 21 Elkins. Hannah is the daughter of Junior and Peggy Phillips and plans on attending Davis & Elkins College.

Tygarts Valley High School recipient Micah Allen receiving a $1,000 scholarship from Knight Templar Fran Hughes of Pilgrim Commandry No. 21 Elkins.

Chad Tiffner

Thomas Guire

Nathaniel Whetsell

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