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Hard work pays off

REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER A Liberty High School senior who overcame the death of a parent this school year to obtain a 3.8 GPA was given a surprise award of a $10,000 scholarship through the Beckley Area Foundation Monday evening.

McKenzie Simpson accepted the Sam and Maude Turner and Carol Ann Turner Scholarship during the LHS Senior Awards assembly. She had not been made aware of her award prior to the ceremony, school administrators said.

The scholarship is for $2,500 dollars per academic year for four years.

“She’s been a joy to work with,” said LHS Graduation Coach Terry Poe, who worked one-on-one with McKenzie to ensure her successful completion of high school.

Two years ago, the honor student had a 1.5 GPA. She was the only caretaker for her ill father, and she was juggling schoolwork with responsibilities at home.

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Liberty High School senior McKenzie Simpson gets a hug as she accepts one of her scholarship awards during the school’s Senior Awards Assembly Monday evening in Glen Daniel.

BRAD DAVIS/ THE REGISTER-HERALD

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