Last updated: June 17. 2014 8:21AM - 268 Views
Janet Yeager For the Coal Valley News



John Pinkerman (right), a '61 classmate who first suggested the class establish a scholarship fund, traveled from his home in Lesage to present the scholarship award certificate to Evan Butcher (left).
John Pinkerman (right), a '61 classmate who first suggested the class establish a scholarship fund, traveled from his home in Lesage to present the scholarship award certificate to Evan Butcher (left).
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Evan Butcher of Madison has been chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Scott High class of 1961. This is the third year that the ’61 grads have awarded a scholarship to a deserving Skyhawk graduate.


In planning their 50th year reunion in 2011, the ’61 graduates voted unanimously to establish a scholarship fund as a way of celebrating this important milestone, as well as leave a legacy from the class whose members have remained close for more than five decades.


The classmates’ initial goal was to collect $1,000 for a possible one-time scholarship, however, the generous donations from classmates totaled over $3,000 that first year, and as the fund continues to grow, the scholarships continue and more students benefit.


After receiving and carefully reviewing the recent applications, the scholarship committee unanimously selected Evan Butcher as this year’s recipient. The basis for selection was academic achievement, school activities, community involvement, and need. Evan’s application met all of these, and more.


In addition to being an excellent student with a 3.6 GPA and earning a place in the county’s Honors Academy, Evan is also an accomplished golfer who made All-State in the West Virginia High School State Golf Tournament this past year, placed third individually in regional with a 74, and is currently club champion at Riverview Country Club.


Evan is the son of Rev. Jim and Karen Butcher. He has two brothers and one sister. He was involved in YCI, a Christian youth organization at Scott High, and is active in Madison Baptist Church where his father is the pastor.


“I haven’t taken part in as many other extracurricular activities as some of my peers because of my focus on my grades and my golf game,” Evan said. “My senior year has been a specifically challenging one from a school perspective as I have taken many more AP and college level classes than I have taken in past years. My teachers have pushed me and forced me to put all of my effort into my work every day. It has been tough to manage my time … but I managed to do that.”


Evan will be attending Marshall University.


John Pinkerman, a ’61 classmate who first suggested the class establish a scholarship fund, traveled from his home in Lesage to present the scholarship award certificate to Evan.


Previously receiving a scholarship from the Scott High class of 1961 are Levi Hanna (2012), and Kristen Marcum (2013).


“I hope our class’ initiative will encourage other classes celebrating a special anniversary to also consider establishing a scholarship for Scott graduates,” Pinkerman said. “What better way to leave a legacy than by helping a student who might not have the means to get an education and fulfill their dream of attending college.”

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