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Submitted Photos Elkins High School recipients of the Pilgrim Commandery No. 21 Knights Templar Scholarships included, left to right, Isaak Dawson Whetzell, Braxton Hull Kenney, Scholarship Committee Chairman Justin Thompson , Anna Crumm, Anna Belan and Ashley M. Wolford.

ELKINS — The Pilgrim Commandery No. 21 Knights Templar has once again awarded scholarships to high school students in Randolph County.

Application information was sent to the four Ranolph County High School guidance officers in March.

These scholarships were worth $1,000 each, to be given to the public or private college-level school, in-state or out-of-state, that the recipient students chose to attend.

Each student had to write a short essay on the subject, “The Effects of COVID-19 Both Personally and Abroad.” There was a deadline for receipt of all applications.

Normally there are in-person interviews with the Pilgrim Commandery Education Committee, but as we only received six applications this year, which was the number of scholarships to be awarded, all students who applied received the $1,000 scholarship.

During the pandemic, scholarships were awarded to the eight students who applied. There were no interviews that year, but the Commandery of Pilgrims No. 21 of the Templars wanted to continue its tradition. They have been giving out these scholarships for many years.

All scholarship students and their families were invited to an awards dinner at the Masonic Lodge on Randolph Avenue in Elkins on May 3.

Izaak Dawson Whetzell, a student from Elkins High School, will attend West Virginia University and plans to double major in computer science and computer engineering. His dream is to research the future digital technologies of our society.

Braxton Hull Kenney, an EHS student, will attend WVU. Braxton received a three-year National Army ROTC scholarship, which he will use at WVU, where he was accepted to Honors College.

Anna Crumm, an EHS student, will attend WVU and plans to major in cybersecurity engineering. She wants to make sure everyone can keep their personal information private and their digital lives secure.

Anna Belan, an EHS student, will attend Bridgewater College and plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a major in marketing. She then plans to enroll in Bridgewater’s Digital Media Strategy graduate program and earn a master’s degree.

EHS student Ashley M. Wolford will attend WVU. Her major will be nursing. She would like to get a bachelor’s degree to become a neonatal intensive care unit nurse.

Jacob Paul Rice, a student from Pickens High School, will attend WVU. He will be pursuing a major in general business with a minor in marketing. His career goal is to own a restaurant and also dreams of having a real estate business.

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