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Rotary honorees overcome adversity
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Kayla Johnson accepts her plaque from Andrew Echols during the luncheon. Johnson was the recipient from South Forsyth High School. - photo by Emily Saunders
The Rotary Club of Forsyth County honored four local students with the 2009 Challenge Scholarship on Thursday at the downtown Regions Bank in Cumming.

Recipients are chosen by Forsyth County school system staff based on the challenges they have overcome to succeed in school.

The students, who each will receive a $2,500 scholarship, include:

• Kayla Johnson of South Forsyth High School
• Nick Nesmith of Forsyth Central High School
• Lauren Tye of West Forsyth High School
• Jessica Wharton of North Forsyth High School

Johnson is active in the band and International Baccalaureate programs at South Forsyth.

Her college choices include Agnes Scott College, North Georgia College & State Univesity, Columbus State University or Kennesaw State University.

Nesmith plans to attend Georgia State University and pursue a degree in kinesiology, or the study of human kinetics, and health. He is interested in joining the college’s football team.

Tye plans to attend North Georgia College & State University before transferring to the University of Georgia. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field.

Wharton was ranked first in her class as she began her freshman year of high school. She plans to attend Georgia College & State University and study nursing.