WEST JEFFERSON — Based on a combination of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need, Ashe County High School graduates Lily Calhoun and Kelsey McVey have been named recipients of the LifeStore Bank and Insurance Merit Scholarship for $1,000, according to a news release from LifeStore Director of Marketing Judy Current.

“LifeStore is proud to be a community partner by supporting local education through events in our schools, partnerships within the classrooms and scholarships,” Current said. “This year we awarded seven scholarships to Ashe County High School graduates.”

Calhoun is the daughter of Randy and Lisa Calhoun of Warrensville. She plans to follow her passion and study fashion merchandising at Carson-Newman University.

McVey is the daughter of Bobby and Sandy McVey of Crumpler. Her love for teaching has inspired her career choice to attend Appalachian State University and major in Elementary Education.

In addition to the Merit Scholarships, LifeStore awards a scholarship for the children of LifeStore employees who continue their education after high school, Current said in the press release.

This year, LifeStore awarded scholarships to these Ashe County High School graduates: Tyler Harmon, Dylan Calhoun, Salem Brown, Cole Hudler and Hayley Miller. Each of these students will receive up to $2,000 in scholarship money to continue their education, according to Current.

Tyler Harmon is the son of Melissa Harmon, Network Administrator, and Brad Harmon — he is planning to attend Wilkes Community College and study computer programing.

Dylan Calhoun is the son of Jennifer Calhoun, Operations Clerk, and Freddie Calhoun — he is planning to attend Wilkes Community College and study network management.

Salem Brown is the daughter of Jody Brown, Insurance President, and Wendy Brown — she is planning to attend UNC Chapel Hill and major in business.

Haley Miller’s parents are Chris Miller, Facilities Manager, and Julie Miller, Financial Consultant, and Rebecca and Dwayne Presnell — she will be attending East Tennessee State University and plans to study criminal justice.

Cole Hudler is the nephew of Audrea and Martin Little, LifeStore Market President — he will attend Appalachian State to pursue a degree in Construction Management.

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