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Optimist Club awards scholarships
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The Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club presented 10 $1,000 scholarships to students from each of the five Forsyth County public high schools on Thursday. The students honored were, from left, Hannah Skalleberg, Meredith Bresnahan, Elizabeth Bush, Jacob Eskew, David Kim, Tyler Crawford, Carlos Lopez, Ryan Carr, Stephanie Grove and Maggie Little. - photo by Crystal Ledford

At a glance

Students receiving the $1,000 award were:

* Forsyth Central — Elizabeth Bush, Ryan Carr, Maggie Little and Hannah Skalleberg

* West Forsyth — Meredith Bresnahan and Carlos Lopez

* Lambert — Jacob Eskew and David Kim

* North Forsyth — Stephanie Grove

* South Forsyth — Tyler Crawford

CUMMING — Members of the Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club awarded $10,000 in scholarships during a meeting Thursday.

The club honored 10 members of the class of 2014 from all five of Forsyth’s public high schools.

Bob Flowers, vice president of the club, said most of the funding for the scholarship program comes from the club’s Avenue of Flags program, in which club members places American flags in front of homes or businesses on certain holidays.

“All the flags you see in neighborhoods that are about to pop up over this weekend, that’s our doing and that’s how we fund these scholarships,” Flowers said.

For a fee of about $35 a year, the club will place the flags for Memorial Day, Labor Day, Flag Day, Veterans Day, July Fourth and President’s Day.

Flowers said all the hard work of the flag program is well worth it when the scholarship recipients and a teacher who has inspired them gather to receive their recognition.

“It’s delightful and lovely to have them all here at our meeting,” Flowers said. “I’m always just amazed by our school system and the high caliber of our students.”

On Thursday, four students from Forsyth Central, two each from West Forsyth and Lambert and one each from North and South Forsyth received a scholarship after going through a lengthy application and interview process.

The students were each introduced by a teacher who had inspired them.