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Sumter County Historical Society awards students for their essays

BY SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 3/26/20

The Sumter County Historical Society announced its annual essay and scholarship program winners.

The Myrtis G. Osteen Essay Contest was open for all Sumter County high school students to participate in. The students had to write a two- to …

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The Sumter County Historical Society announced its annual essay and scholarship program winners.

The Myrtis G. Osteen Essay Contest was open for all Sumter County high school students to participate in. The students had to write a two- to three-page essay on the topic "What Does Local History Mean to Me?"

About 46 essays were submitted, and an independent board of local college professors judged and determined the winners.

The Sumter County Historical Society recognized the top five winners of the essay contest, where each student got the opportunity to read his or her award-winning essay at the Sumter County Museum.

In fifth place was Kirti Reddy, of Wilson Hall, who was awarded $175; in fourth place was Madi Smith, of Wilson Hall, who was awarded $200; in third place was Waverly McIver, of Wilson Hall, who was awarded $225; in second place was John T. Mahoney, of Lakewood High School, who was awarded $250; and in first place was Tyler A. Carraher, of Lakewood High School, who was awarded $300.

The Sumter County Historical Society also awarded three scholarships to graduating seniors.

Tyler A. Carraher, of Lakewood High School, was awarded a $500 scholarship; Graham D. Campbell, of Thomas Sumter Academy, was awarded a $500 scholarship; and Alexander I. Blum, of Wilson Hall, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.