Although she is two years away from graduating, Thomson High School sophomore Whitney McCorkle recently received a scholarship to attend Wesleyan College.
"Whitney was chosen as the recipient for this award because she represents a balance of excellent grades, outstanding leadership qualities and a dedication to community service," said Tracy Tilley, of Wesleyan College.
Mrs. Tilley visited Thomson High School on Friday and surprised Whitney, along with her parents, Phillip and Lisa McCorkle. In addition to a $5,000 scholarship, Whitney received a copy of the book Founding Mothers, by Cokie Roberts.
"We've always told her hard work pays off, and this is the start of that paying off," Mr. McCorkle said, adding that he and his wife were very proud of Whitney.
Mrs. Tilley said Wesleyan was impressed with Whitney's interest in community service through volunteering with the Kiwanis Key Club and Golden Harvest Food Bank. Whitney also serves as a math and science tutor and belongs to Beta Club and Navy Junior ROTC.
Whitney has a 95.036 grade-point average and aspires to attend medical school and become a family medical practitioner or physical therapist.
"My father has known her family for a long time, and he told me that from the time Whitney was little, she focused on her goals and did what she needed to achieve them," Mrs. Tilley said.