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Newport firefighters award $1,000 college scholarships to Newport, NewCath high students

High school graduates from Newport High School and Newport Central Catholic High School have each been awarded $1,000 college scholarships from the Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 I.A.F.F. union.

Caralyne Wallace of Newport High School and Jack Kohls of Newport Central Catholic High School, both 2018 graduates, were awarded the Local 45 Scholarship during a recent meeting of The Newport City Commission.

“Caralyne and Jack both have a long list of achievements, awards, and recognition throughout their high school years,” said Local 45 President Jake Silvati. “Both students are focused on post-secondary educations and both came highly recommended by their references. The Newport firefighters are proud to award scholarships to these students.”

Jack Kohls

As a young girl, Caralyne dreamed of attending college. In her scholarship application essay, she wrote, “I know it sounds cliché, but I fell in love with school and always wanted to learn more”.

She is now making her dream come true by attending Thomas More College in the fall to pursue a post-secondary education in Pre-Physical Therapy with a major in Exercise Science.

While at Newport High School, Caralyne maintained a 4.623 GPA and graduated as the school’s valedictorian. She is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at American Legion Post #11, volunteered as a cheerleading coach for the Newport Youth Spirit Squad and was actively involved with the Future Business Leaders of America Club.

Jack Kohls is described by Silvati as “a confident young man who truly pushes himself to improve not only himself but everyone around him.” He maintained a 4.57 GPA, had perfect attendance during all four years of high school and is a member of the National Honor Society.

During his four years at Newport Central Catholic, Jack played basketball, baseball and football in addition to serving as president of the Pep-Club. He will attend Northern Kentucky University to pursue a post-secondary education in Construction Management.

“Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 thanks and wishes our scholarship recipients and all the applicants the best in their future endeavors,” Silvati said.

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