Arkansan Scott Joplin, a pioneer in American music

Retired teachers cap year with scholarship presentations

Adams, Harris receive funds to further education

As spring comes high school seniors bustle with activities and making plans. The Crittenden County Retired Teachers Association made paying for college a little easier for a couple of students during the April meeting.

Before awarding the two CCRTA scholarships, President John Heath noted the passing of the teacher principally responsible for establishing the local scholarship fund. Mildred Montaque taught 5th grade in West Memphis for 42 and passed away earlier in the week at age 97 in Fayetteville.

“This a very special time as we award these scholarships,” said Heath. “Mildred Montaque was the lioness among the leaders in this community. She served on boards including this one here and she established the scholarship we are giving today. She wanted students to get an award and recognition. It is only appropriate that we remember her on this occasion.”

After prayer and the first verse of God Bless America sung, Heath acknowledged the scholarship review committee and awarded two scholarships to Academies of West Memphis seniors. Janet Renee Adams and Jayla Harris each accompanied by a parent came forward in turn to receive their scholarship certificate. The teachers wowed over the accomplishments and dreams of both students.

Jayla Harris works at Mc-Donald’s, engaged in numerous school related activities, and plans to head to Arkansas State to achieve some lofty goals.

“Her career plans are to major in chemistry and become a pediatrician,” said Heath. “We are very, very proud of you.”

Janet Renee Adams stepped forward as Mr. Heath read the litany of her accomplishments including choir and hit the high note with her aims.

“She plans to attend Arkansas Tech University and major in music education,” said Heath. “She wants to learn sign language and teach people not only to hear music but feel music. We are proud of you and

your great desires.”

By John Rech