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John Marshall High School Students Receive Wheeling Elks Scholarships

A pair of John Marshall High School seniors have earned scholarships from the Wheeling Elks and are now eligible for more.

Lakyn Parker and Grant Swift have won the 2020-21 Wheeling Elks Scholarships. Each will receive $1,000 from the group and both now are eligible for further state and national Elks scholarships.

“We believe it is important to recognize outstanding leadership and scholarship qualities in the youth of our area,” said Elks Exalted Ruler Steve Rodocker. “We are proud that more than $4 million in scholarships is awarded nationally by the Elks each year.”

Parker, the daughter of Erin and Roger Parker of Glen Dale, is a four year member and co-captain of the school’s academic team. She is also captain of the Monarchs’ girls golf team, and made the OVAC’s All-Tournament team.

She also volunteers at the Marshall County Animal Shelter and the Oglebay Good Zoo. Parker ranks 11th in her class and plans to attend Wheeling University, where she will major in education and play on the golf team.

Swift, the son of Kathy and Randy Swift of Glen Dale, was selected to be a delegate to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts. He also was picked to be a delegate for the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Wheeling Cohort.

A four-year member of the JMHS baseball team, Swift also is a four-year member of both the John Marshall band and percussion ensemble. He volunteers at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Moundsville, and for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Ranked 18th in his class, Swift plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, where he will major in civil engineering and play on the baseball team.

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