JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Nettleton Education Foundation held its 4th annual Academic Signing Day to honor those graduating seniors who have accepted academic scholarships to their chosen university or school.
"So often, students are recognized for their ability to play a sport or an instrument," said NEF Board President Doug Doggett. "Our academic signing day is designed to honor students for their academic achievments."
For the students that recieved awards it was much needed recognition. "It's just a rewarding experience for the students who have worked so hard in years past to get rewarded for all of our hardwork," said Mandi Bauer, a scholarship recipient. Bauer herself recieved nearly $53,000 in scholarship money.
There are 199 graduating senior in the Nettleton High School class of 2011. 43 students accepted scholarships totally over $2 million, to help offset college expenses. In all, NHS seniors were offered $4 million in academic, athletic, and lottery scholarships.
Drew Bryson, Nick Graves, and Spencer Rice are all Arkansas Governor's Distinguished Scholars. The class includes three A-State Scholars, six A-State Leadership Awards, 12 A-State Pride awards, and three A-State Spirit Awards for future ASU students.
"This gives us an opportunity to recognize individual success in the classroom as well as showcase the top-notch education available to children in the Nettleton School District," Doggett said.