The Yadkin County Retired School Personnel has given the Fred C. Hobson Scholarship to two students in the Yadkin County School System. Hobson was the superintendent of Yadkin County Schools for 32 years and was a big part of the community being active in his church, the Historical Society and the Council on Aging. The two scholarship winners this year are Christy Rucker from Starmount High School and Leah Thomas from Forbush High School.
Rucker is the daughter of Phillip and Jennie Rucker. She lives in Hamptonville and plans to teach when she graduates from college. She is planning to attend UNC-Wilmington in the fall. She plans to study education and creative writing.
She has been involved in many activities while attending Starmount High School. She served as a junior marshal, is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, school paper and yearbook. She is active in her church, sings in their choir and participated in mission activities. Rucker is also active in 4-H and has exhibited livestock as well as working with the 4-H County Council.
She has won several awards while at Starmount High School including the English III Honors Award in 2016 and the Chemistry Award in 2016.
Thomas is the daughter of Marc and Leanne Thomas. She lives in East Bend and plans to teach when she graduates from college. She is planning to attend Western Carolina in the fall and plans to study elementary education.
Thomas has been involved in many activities while attending Forbush High School. She is a member of the Beta Club, the show choir, chorus, band, FFA and HOSA. She has served as an office for the FFA chapter at Forbush High. In her community, she has been involved in 4-H and theater productions.
She is very active in her church by being a member of the Praise Band and participating in mission activities. She has worked as an out-of-school-time group leader for third- and fourth-graders.