The 2013 Fredric Rosemore 4-H Patriotism essay awards ceremony was held recently at the Hospitality House on the Northwest Shoals Community College campus in Muscle Shoals. The event was sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale and Lawrence counties, State Representative Greg Burdine, State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow, Senator Roger Bedford, Dr. and Mrs. Rosemore Morrow, Mrs. Marion Rosemore and the Rosemore Foundation.
The theme was "Why I Love Being an American — My Country Tis of Thee." There were two age divisions — juniors 9 to13, and seniors 14 to 19. Essays were judged on clarity, history, organization, grammar, spelling and development. The Fredric Rosemore Patriotism Award was established to recognize and reward students who live by the 4-H Pledge and share Dr. Rosemore's pride in, and love for, the United States of America.
The contest was coordinated by Katernia W. Cole, Franklin County Extension coordinator, and promoted by 4-H agents Juanita Baggett, Lawrence County; Kathy Borden, Franklin County; Jewel Campbell and Leslie Moore, Colbert County; and Somer Horton and Janet Lovelady, Lauderdale County.
Junior category winners, their schools and teachers were:
First — Christian Maybrey, Central High School, Lauderdale County, Cheri Broadfoot.
Second — Emmanuel Cooper, R.E. Thompson Intermediate, Colbert County, Amber Henson; and Nia Voncille Smith, Hazlewood Elementary School, Lawrence County, Amanda Smith.
Third — Abby Roberson, Lauderdale County High School, Auburn Wilson; Wyatt Walker, Lexington High School, Lauderdale County, Patricia Nagle; and San Juarez, Central High School, Lauderdale County, Cheri Broadfoot.
Fourth — Mallori Miller, Belgreen High School, Franklin County, Kay Taylor; and Emma Sherer, Underwood School, Lauderdale County, Mitzi Brooks.
Honorable mentions — Kyndall Crosslin, Kilby Laboratory School, Lauderdale County, Michelle Derouen; Maggie Belcher, Rogers High School, Lauderdale County, Russell Shaw; Bailey Nunley, Muscle Shoals Middle School, Colbert County, Wayne Holt; and Britton Kennamore, Leighton Elementary School, Colbert County, Ashley Kennum.
Winning classroom teacher — Cheri Broadfoot, Central High School. Lauderdale County.
Senior category winners, their schools and teachers were:
First — Lariza Garcia Delgado, Russellville Middle School, Franklin County, Rachel Agee.
Second — John Jackson Somers, Muscle Shoals High School, Colbert County, Tracie Montgomery.
Third — Meaghan Hardy, Phil Campbell High School, Franklin County, Darit Riddle.
Fourth — Auburn Hargett, Phil Campbell High School, Franklin County, Darit Riddle.
Winning classroom teacher — Rachel Agee, Russellville Middle School, Franklin County.
Alexander E. Thompson, Tuscumbia, received the national Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship. A junior at Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss., he is majoring in mathematics and secondary education. The program involves a two-year teaching commitment in a high-need school district in the U.S. for each year of support received.
Matthew Grissom, a student at Hatton High School, Lawrence County, was chosen to attend the 2013 National Young Leaders State Conference for the Gulf Coast Region in Mobile. Nominations to attend are awarded to students with proven academic excellence and strong leadership potential. He is the son of Kemalie Grissom, Hatton, and Kevin Grissom, Muscle Shoals.
Dr. Rosemore learned the importance of service early in life when he served his country as a B-17 navigator in Europe during World War II. He completed 22 combat missions before being shot down, captured and made a prisoner of war. He received numerous citations and honors for his military service including the Air Medal Oak Leaf Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation, five Battle Stars, Prisoner of War Medal and two Purple Hearts.
When Rosemore returned home from the war, he attended Southern Optometry. After graduation, he practiced his art with the heart of a philanthropist, often donating eye glasses to disadvantaged children and providing free eye care to the indigent and the elderly. Rosemore retired from optometry in 1980 after 32 years of private practice. A natural entrepreneur, he then founded a number of successful businesses.
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