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2021 WYMT Food City Mountain Classic Scholarship ceremony: More than 100 students receive scholarships

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Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 12:56 PM EST
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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - After the 2020 Mountain Classic scholarship ceremony and tournament were pushed back to February due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ceremony is being held at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.

More than 100 students from across the mountains are expected to receive scholarships at a ceremony today presented by WYMT’s Neil Middleton and Brandon Robinson.

Organizers said it was great to see the smiles on the students’ faces, and they knew it would make a positive impact on them.

“t has just been a pleasure for me to see these young people and to see the parents come out with them today and realize their kid has worked hard and they deserve this,” said Gene Davis, a member of the Mountain Classic Committee.

In the inaugural 1988 tournament, we awarded just nine scholarships. This year, 108 Mountain Classic academic scholarships were awarded to high school seniors from the 13th, 14th, and 15th regions. Local businesses and industries donated $108,000 to fund the 2021 Mountain Classic scholarships.

“It starts at the top. You have to have the commitment from the top in these people tremendous job each year and work so hard to put on this event,” said Archie Everage, the Mountain Classic Committee Chair.

On Championship night, two Coach Wayne Martin Leadership scholarships will be awarded to student-athletes from participating teams. It is because of your generosity that the Mountain Classic committee has provided more than 2,300 scholarships and generated more than $4.5 million dollars for local students and schools.

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