FHS grads honored: Pair of scholarships awarded

Published 4:20 am Friday, May 18, 2018

Two Franklinton High School seniors recently received special scholarships from the FHS Student Council. Destiny Richardson received the Madison Peco Award, and Abbie Jones was the winner of the FHS Alumni Scholarship Committee award.

Madison Peco Award

On March 18, 2017, FHS lost a dear alumna. A 2016 FHS graduate, Madison Claire Peco was active in several clubs and was a four-year member of the FHS cheerleaders. Homecoming queen and selected “Most Beautiful” her senior year, Madison will be best remembered for not only her beauty but also for her kindness and huge heart. Madison was an advocate for the underdog; she deplored bullying, and could often be found with tears in her eyes at the frequent unfairness of life she witnessed among her peers and fellow students.

The FHS Student Council established the Madison Peco Award beginning with the 2017 graduating class. This $500 award is given annually to a female student who plans to attend college, as well as one who exemplifies all the qualities that Madison exuded during her lifetime as well as her time spent at FHS. These include school spirit, community pride, academic achievement, love for one’s fellow man and one who has demonstrated a desire to excel and reach for the stars.

The recipient of the Madison Peco Award for 2018 is Destiny Micah Richardson. For those who knew Madison would agree, the award should not be a mere piece of paper. Instead Madison received a tiara, generously donated by Tyler Ross Jewelers. Jason and Patsy McKenzie, Madison’s parents, attended the FHS Honors Night to present this award.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution in Madison’s memory may do so by contacting Toni Tageant at FHS, at 985-839-6781.

FHS Alumni Scholarship Committee

Franklinton High School’s Alumni Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that Abbie Danielle Jones is the recipient of this year’s scholarship.

She is the daughter of Darrin and Bridget Graham and Kevin Jones and Jennifer Corkern. Abbie, honor graduate, spent four years on the Homecoming Court and was crowned Queen in 2017.

An FHS Demonette, she was also on the Student Council, and a member of the Interact Club, Wednesday Devotional Club, Talented Art and played two years with Lady Demon softball. Abbie was a three-year class favorite and voted Most Beautiful her senior year.

Upon graduation, she is a certified nursing assistant and is a certified First Aid Responder. She attends Kokomo Baptist Church. Abbie’s future plans are to attend Southwest Community College, dance for the Red Line, and major in Early Childhood Development.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this scholarship in honor or memory of someone may contact the school office at 985-839-6781.