K8 News Honors Top Students in Region 8

May 21, 2004 -- Posted at 3:39 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- Graduating from high school is an accomplishment that many seniors will face this month. Some will go into the workforce, join the military or head off to college. KAIT honors those seniors who have worked hard to meet their goals with scholarships and this year there were four young adults who will make their way in the world a little easier thanks to some local sponsors.

K8 News Anchor Craig Rickert said, "We do a lot of bad stories about kids and when we get to do something like this we see there are such great kids out there and this is such a small sample of the kids we have in Region 8 and we're just proud that we get to be a part of this process."
KAIT, along with the law firm of Halsey & Thyer, Stadium Auto Body and Nucor Yamato Steel, honored top students in Region 8 today.
"Part of this campaign is to expose these kids to a wide area of viewers to show what young people today are accomplishing something, and in a sense, it becomes more important to the station to let people know that," said General Manager Clyde Anderson.
The four winners were treated to a banquet Friday afternoon where they all received $500 dollars scholarships for college.
Scholarship winner Ashley Distretti said, "I'm very honored by it and it's just a great honor because of everything that I've been able to do in high school. I've had a lot of help from my teachers and my parents to help me accomplish all the things that I've done." Distretti is from Greene County Tech. She was active in volleyball, student council, FFA and Girl's State. She plans to attend ASU this fall and major in chemistry. Following the completion of her bachelors, she plans to further her education and become a pediatric physical therapist.
"I've worked really hard to do the best I can and be involved in activities and experience new things and push myself," said scholarship winner Deedra Lee Adkisson. Adkisson is from Mount Pleasant High School. During high school, Adkisson was active in FBLA, FFA, FCCLA, Beta and Student Council. She plans to attend Harding University to study biochemistry.
Scholarship winner Tyler Scott Oesch is the 2004 valedictorian of Alton High School. He said, "It's very exciting to get recognized, because there's not that many and to get recognized by KAIT is something else too." Oesch was active in baseball, quiz bowl, choir, Beta Club and the FFA. He plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and major in civil engineering.
Neelyville High School student Christopher Lee Jones also won a scholarship. The Senior overcame many challenges because of a physical disability, "I wanted to make good grades through school and my blindness didn't prevent me from wanting to succeed." Jones was active in the band, drama club and the Beta Club while in high school. He plans to attend Three Rivers Community College and pursue a career in rehabilitation or therapy.