Local Students Overcome Adversity

by Jennifer Bullock on May 8, 2012 at 6:35 am

Seven local high school students are being rewarded for their hardwork and persistence…

The Phoenix Award was handed out at the Noon Rotary meeting Tuesday. This award gives monetary support to college-bound high school seniors who have overcome adversity in their lives. Tri-Valley senior Asia Hatfield was diagnosed with cancer her sophomore year.

"It was hard. I had to take a few months off and restart and do everything online, try to catch back up. But, I was farther ahead to start with so, I think that kind of helped… That I had already been good at school before."

Hatfield’s cancer is now in remission, and she plans to attend the Ohio State University for Dentistry. West Muskingum senior Marissa Hale said she learned to balance family life at a young age.

"I’m a teen mom. And throughout the whole thing, I kept a high GPA. I’ve worked my hardest. I am in nursing school. The hardest part was making sure that I kept up with his needs, along with my school. It was hard, but still fun."

Daniel Pitcock, Amber Hackman, Catey Aponte, James Moore and Danielle Scott were also award recipients.