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For the first time in three years, parents, teachers and high school staff will see students from Massac County and Joppa County high schools recognized for their academic achievement.

The 37th Annual Massac County Academic Awards Ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at the Metropolis Community Center. Former Spore Fellows Elaney Sommer and Stacey Griffey Reames will speak.

Elaney Spore graduated in 2012 from Massac County High School. She earned her Associate of Arts degree from Shawnee Community College in 2014 and later graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is currently working on her Masters in Educational Leadership Administration at McKendree University and is expected to graduate in 2023.

“Being a teacher is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Spore said. “I have a passion for education. Wanting to learn myself throughout my life, I think that’s why I always wanted to be a teacher.

Spore credits all of this to his first-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School. Janice Rushing “invested in me. She had an impact on my life and a lasting impression on my upbringing. I always wanted to be Mrs. Rushing later in life – I always wanted to be a teacher, and I was able to do that. I give him congratulations for that.

Spore is in its fourth year of teaching. She started with two years at the Community Christian Academy in Paducah and marks her second year as a first grade teacher at Vienna Elementary School.

Spore said the academic scholarship was the first local scholarship she received when she graduated from MCHS 10 years ago. Since it was funded by local organizations that “gave back to their high school seniors first, I felt empowered to represent my home county. It is the local part that has had the most impact; it was important. She used part of it for her books and tuition at SCC and transferred the rest to MSU.

Spore, the daughter of Larry and Debbie Sommer of Metropolis, is married to Chalon Spore and lives in Metropolis.

“I wish the Class of 2022 the best and congratulations on their graduation,” Spore said.

Stacey Reames graduated from Joppa High School in 1991. After earning her associate degree from Shawnee Community College, she graduated from Murray State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Although she earned her degree in accounting, Reames has spent most of her career in IT, particularly database administration.

“I chose accounting because I liked doing something business-like and I liked working with numbers,” she said. “My love of numbers has opened up opportunities for me in the IT industry doing database analysis, reporting and things like that.”

Reames is celebrating his eighth year with Market Transportation, a tow and barge company in Paducah. Before that, she worked at Electric Energy Inc. in Joppa for 14 years.

Reames said receiving the scholarship provided more than monetary support to help her continue her education.

“It was nice to know that there was a whole community of people who thought I deserved the award, believed in me and thought it would be good to invest in my future,” she said. “It’s a great organization.”

Reames and her husband Lynn live outside Joppa with their children, Emily and Alex.

“The Academic Banquet is a great opportunity to showcase the skills and talents of all the young people in our region,” said Reames. “I’m glad the Kiwanis Club, Rotary and others believe in it and continue to do so year after year. It’s a great night to honor many local kids for their hard work and accomplishments over the year.

Started by the Metropolis Kiwanis Club in 1985, the Academic Awards Ceremony is jointly sponsored by Kiwanis, the Metropolis Rotary Club, MCHS and JHS.

In addition to recognizing students for their academic achievements, seniors receive college scholarships made possible by funds donated by local businesses, civic organizations, individuals, and the annual Metropolis Kiwanis Dinner and Rotary Scholarship Spaghetti Supper and its silent auction. The 2022 Spaghetti Supper was held on April 26 and raised $18,800.

While the annual Academic Awards ceremony was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, seniors continued to receive scholarships. To date, scholarships totaling $456,050 have been awarded to 470 deserving MCHS and JHS graduates.

Scholarship winners are determined through a review of applications and the final decision is made by a judge affiliated with the West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Tax-deductible donations to the Massac Academic Ceremony can be made by visiting SICF online at sicf.org/MCASF. Donors receive recognition for their contributions through the official awards program.

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