Saturday, June 9, 2007

Kingsport Chamber Honors Local Grad With Scholarship


A Dobyns-Bennett graduate is one of two recipients of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s annual Santa Train scholarships, honoring a graduating senior attending high school along the route. Both are recipients of a 4-year scholarship worth $5,000.

The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce awarded 2007 Santa Train Scholarships to Jessica Aldridge of Kingsport, and another recipient from Kentucky.

Miss Aldridge is a 2007 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport and was active in the student organizations Natural Helpers, Ebony Club, FCCLA, WIA, DECA, Maroon and Grey Yearbook Staff, Weed and Seed, Shiloh Youth Group and the New Vision Youth Group. She also participated in a number of community volunteer events. Aldridge plans to attend East Tennessee State University and Johnson and Wales in Charlotte with the hope of one-day opening up her own bakery as a pastry chef.

The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce awards its Santa Train Scholarship to graduating seniors who attend a high school located along the Santa Train route, which runs from Pikeville, Kentucky to Kingsport. The Chamber selects its recipients based upon grade point average, extracurricular activities, work records and recommendations from advisors.
The Kingsport Chamber sponsors the Santa Train with CSX Transportation and Food City. It’s an annual 110-mile train journey through Appalachia to distribute literally tons of donated gifts, clothing, candy and toys to children in Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The 2007 run of the Santa Train will be the 65th, and is scheduled for November 17th.

Our Douglass Alumni Association congradulations to Miss Aldridge and we wish her success in all of her academic endeavors!