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Ladd earns FHS scholarship

For the hundreds of Farragut-area residents who attended the Farragut High School open house Thursday, Sept. 10, the night meant learning about FHS, meeting teachers and other parents, but for one 2009 FHS graduate, it meant going home with money in the bank.

Brandi Ladd, a May FHS graduate, was awarded the LaFayette and Pearl Hubbs Memorial Scholarship. The prize is worth $2,000.

Ladd, currently a student at Pellissippi State Community College, was surprised and pleased at having been selected.

“It’s really such a blessing getting this money, we really needed it,” Ladd said. “There are three of us in college right now; me and my two older brothers. It’s really a blessing to have the opportunity to get this scholarship.”

Ladd, a former cross-country runner for FHS, said she enjoyed her time at FHS and competing on the cross-country team.

“It was really fun, the guys, the girls, the team and the whole atmosphere,” she added.

Ladd, a triplet, plans to attend The University of Tennessee next fall, and said she hopes to study nutrition or something leading to the medical field.

Jerry Martin, president of FHS Education Foundation, said the scholarship was created by a former FHS student.

“Virginia Palmer is a graduate of Farragut High School,” Martin said. “Her children graduated from Farragut High School and [Palmer] wanted a way to honor the memory of her parents, LaFayette and Pearl Hubbs.” Martin could not recall how long the scholarship had been available to FHS students, but said he believed it had been around for some time.

Palmer graduated from Farragut in the 1940s or ’50s.

Martin said the college counselor at Farragut recommends students for the award and the decision of who to award the prize is decided by an education foundation committee.


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