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Thomas awarded Harr scholarship

Morgan Thomas was awarded a $500 Shyler James Harr Memorial Scholarship. Her parents are Redge Nohrenberg and LeAnn Thomas.

One $500 scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior from the Pingree-Buchanan High School senior class to honor Shyler Harr’s memory.

Thomas plans on attending the University of Jamestown where she will study biology and pre-medicine. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Pingree-Buchanan High School student council and was the 2014 graduating class valedictorian. She was captain of the speech, volleyball and basketball teams. She was active in choir and softball. She was also a member of the school’s annual staff and served as the newspaper editor. She volunteers at the James River Humane Society, Meals on Wheels and helps with Sunday school lessons at Pingree Lutheran Church. Thomas works at Ave Maria Village as a certified nursing assistant.

Harr, who was 15, died Sept. 26, 2010, as a result of a car accident north of Jamestown. The same accident also took the life of his best friend Chance DeCoteau, also 15.

Harr’s scholarship is awarded to a senior who is pursuing a college degree in a two- or four-year college or university. The award is given on first preference to a senior who is pursuing a career as a highway patrolman or another field of law enforcement because that was the profession Harr was seeking.

To apply, seniors must include a personal statement of 50 to 100 words describing their future plans. In addition, the senior must also write an essay of 300 words titled, “The Importance of Road Safety: Emphasizing Driving Awareness, Defensive Driving, and the use of Seat Belts.” At least two letters of reference/recommendation are required from a teacher, employer, clergyman or other person who is not related to the applicant.