Monk Receives Austen Moore Annual Fellowship | News, Sports, Jobs
ELKINS – Elkins High School graduate Cassie Monk has been announced as the third recipient of the annual Austen Moore scholarship.
Monk is a four-year college cheerleader for EHS, where she is a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies, a four-year Honor Roll student and ranked in the top 10% in her class. She is also a member of the Landmark Baptist Church and volunteers with cleanups and community events.
Monk was nominated for the award by her Elkins High School classmate, Sydney Cooper.
âWhen it comes to Cassie, she doesn’t allow anyone to be a stranger; she talks to everyone she meets, which makes her feel welcome everywhere, â Cooper writes in his letter of appointment. âI have seen her reaching out to new students at the school, asking them how the school is going for them as she talks to them in the friendliest way that makes it seem like she knew them. all his life. Students who have difficulty connecting socially and who are labeled as “unsuitable âfind the ability to be able to talk to him easily.
“She’s always willing to share the lunch table with those who need a place to sit, invite a friendless person to gym class to play a game, take you home from school,” explaining how to do a homework problem to someone in difficulty, and everything in between; the list could go on and on as his kind deeds occur frequently â, Cooper writes. âRarely do you find a person who does not pay attention to the concept of popularity; for Cassie, it doesn’t matter if you have 2,000 followers or 10 social media followers, because she treats you with the same high level of respect she has for everyone. “
Austen Wesley Moore, who died aged 27, was originally from Elkins and graduated in 2009 from Elkins High School, which is said to have embodied kindness, caring and compassion.
In his honor, the Austen Moore Kindness Scholarship was established. The EHS student selected for the scholarship does not need the highest GPA or the best grades, but should be a symbol of kindness to students and the Elkins community.
“There are scholarships for academic excellence”, Moore’s mother, Debbie Fragale, said. âUniversities spend millions of dollars each year to attract high caliber athletes. These are achievements worthy of distinction, and in their unique ways, they benefit us all. But there is another quality which nowadays seems to run out of time, a quality which bears its own innumerable rewards, kindness.
âThis desired and indispensable trait, which requires an intimate connection between two people, is at the heart of the Austen Moore Kindness Scholarship. It is awarded annually to honor Austen’s life and to perpetuate the ideas of goodwill, benevolence and friendship that he embodied throughout his life â. she said.