June 14, 2014 10:50:22 PM
Recent graduates Khiante Falls, of West Point High School, and Chase Nash, of Oak Hill Academy in West Point, have been awarded $1,000 college scholarships by the North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point.
Falls, the daughter of Florence Falls-Smith, plans to study nursing at East Mississippi Community College. In high school she served as secretary of the National Honor Society and Student Council. She was a member of the Mayor's Youth Leadership Council and the cheerleading squad, and attained the highest grade point average in her senior class. Falls worked part-time for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.
Nash, the son of Randy and Leslie Nash, plans to study chemistry at Mississippi State University with plans to become a pharmacist. At Oak Hill Academy he was salutatorian, a member of the National Honor Society and Math and Science Team, and placed in several categories of the Mississippi Private School Education Association's Academic Betterment Competition. He competed with the school's golf, football, track and basketball teams. He was an Aberdeen Rotary Scholar and received the C.A. Simmons III Memorial Academic Award. Nash works part-time for Old Waverly Golf Club.
The scholarships are awarded through the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi to graduating high school seniors pursuing a health care career. Applicants are judged on ACT score, transcript, curriculum as it pertains to the chosen field, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and personal statements.