Five local students win Ford/Five Star scholarships


Five local high school graduates have been awarded $1,000 scholarships by Five Star Ford and Ford Motor Company.

Montesano High School graduate Laryssa Gillham, daughter of William and Penny Gentry of Montesano, plans to study at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen. Elma High School graduate Samuel Baderdeen, son of Samuel and Brenda Baderdeen of Elma, plans to study Agricultural Economics at Vanderbilt University. Elma High School graduate Emily Kershaw, daughter of James and Christi Kershaw of Elma, plans to study Biochemistry at University of Washington. Willapa Valley High School graduate Connor McAllister, son of Graham and Mary McAllister of Raymond, plans to study Agricultural Mechanization at Washington State University at Pullman. Willapa Valley High School graduate Spencer Schwiesow, son of Gary and Julie Schwiesow of Raymond, plans to at Washington State University at Pullman.

The Built Ford Tough Trucks FFA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize FFA members’ talents and accomplishments while encouraging their future academic achievements.

The scholarships are five of 530 awarded by Ford Division, Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford Dealers to FFA members who are high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall of 2013, or current collegiate students.