By ANNE C. HEYMEN
SAINT AUGUSTINE – Scholarships totaling more than $10,000 were presented April 19, when the Pilot Club of St. Augustine hosted its annual scholarship dinner.
Two $4,000 Hester’s Abbey Floor Covering Scholarships were presented by Scott and Elizabeth Kophamer; three $500 scholarships were awarded to three women re-entering the workforce and studying at St. Johns River State College; and $1,000 was presented to three students from Pedro Menendez High School enrolled in the school’s Construction Academy. The Menendez High School students leave April 23 to compete in the state Skills USA competition in Lakeland.
“Be an optimist” Scott Kophamer urged, as he presented $4,000 scholarships to Adam B. Snowden, a student at Ponte Vedra High School; and Khloe Jeannine Berg, who attends St. Augustine High School. This is the 11th year that the Hester awards have been presented at Pilot events. “I’m really proud that we can give back to the community,” Kophamer noted. Berg will be attending Florida State University and will explore a variety of possibilities as a major. Snowden will be a pre-med student at Duke.
The $1.000 Donnie Heymen Sr. Scholarship was presented to Casey Ray, a senior who is involved in the field of architecture; and masonry students Jesse Schremmer and I’Leisha Smith, both juniors. Last year Smith placed fourth in the Skills competition, Christine Danner, academy coordinator, told the Pilot gathering. She also noted Menendez High School was the first school in the state to bring an all-girls masonry team to the state competition.
SJRSC staffer Peggy Blair-Hall introduced the students who are re-entering the work force. Macey Toomer, whose major is accounting; Katelyn Glynn, health information technology; and Diannah Hughes, who was unable to attend and who is studying for an AS in nursing, received $500 scholarships.
Prior to the scholarship presentation 4-H senior member Javier Bermeo presented his award-winning 4-H speech, and Lily, 9, and Kira Simmer, 7, modeled the sundresses which they had made and modeled in the recent 4-H dress revue.
Pilot Faith Tiberio hosted the scholarship dinner at her Davis Shores home, assisted by her sister, Pilot Kay Burtin. Nettie Ruth Brown, area leader for education, introduced the program, and Lynne Stephenson, president, presided over the gathering which was attended by nearly 40 members and guests.