Published on June 10, 2016

NMMC-Pontotoc, Health Care Foundation Award Medical Scholarships

PONTOTOC, Miss.—Kirsten Hester of South Pontotoc High School, Abigail Tidwell of Pontotoc High School and Karlee Adams of North Pontotoc High School have been awarded $1,000 college scholarships from North Mississippi Medical Center-Pontotoc.

Hester is the daughter of Dan and Dawn Hester. She is ranked fourth in her class of 100 with a 4.0 grade point average. She won awards for world history, anatomy and physiology, and perfect attendance. She is also a member of the National Beta Club, National Art Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, an All-American Cheerleader, All-American Dancer and was named to the honor roll.

Hester was a member of the archery team, math and science team, Student Council, Spanish Club, an instructor for mini dance and mini cheer camp and was a Diamond Girl. She enjoys dancing and cheerleading, art, hunting, foreign languages, science and traveling. She plans to attend Itawamba Community College and study nursing.

Tidwell is the daughter of Charlie and Deena Tidwell. She ranked fifth in her class of 143 with a 4.0 grade point average. She earned a composite score of 31 on the ACT along with a score of 35 in reading.

Tidwell won the highest average award for AP Chemistry, AP English 1-3, AP Biology, College Algebra, English Composition I and AP English III. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council vice president and class representative, Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Knitting Club, Spanish Club, Math and Science Competition Team, and was a two-time class favorite, including being named most athletic as a senior.

Tidwell was a member of her school’s cross country team, including being named All State as a senior; soccer team, earning All Area honors; track and the school’s band, where she was named MVP as a junior. She plans to attend Millsaps College and study physical therapy/kinesiology.

Adams is the daughter of Sheldon and Sharon Adams. She graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. She was on the All A Honor Roll for four years and won awards in Algebra II, Business Law, Earth Science, Family Dynamics, Advanced World Geography, Algebra III and Physics.

Adams served as vice president of the Beta Club and secretary and reporter for the Student Council. She was also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, Mu Alpha Theta and the Science Club. Adams was a three-time homecoming maid.

She plans to attend Itawamba Community College and Mississippi University for Women and major in nursing. Adams is a volunteer for Eight Days of Hope and Special Olympics.

These scholarships are awarded annually to graduating high school seniors through the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi. Award recipients are selected based on review of criteria that includes: ACT score, high school transcript, curriculum that pertains to their chosen field, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and the applicant’s personal statements.

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