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Scholarship brings South Brook girl closer to dream of teaching in South Korea

Indian River High administration handed out three Chappell Scholarships for the 2016-17 school year. Receiving the scholarships were, from left, Christopher Yates, Britney Piercey and Dillon McPhee.
Indian River High administration handed out three Chappell Scholarships for the 2016-17 school year. Receiving the scholarships were, from left, Christopher Yates, Britney Piercey and Dillon McPhee.

SPRINGDALE, NL — Britney Piercey has a dream of teaching in South Korea, and being awarded a major scholarship was a significant step in achieving that accomplishment.  

The Indian River High graduate received a Chappell Scholarship — a nearly $500,000 fund for students of Indian River High from the estate of Lloyd Chappell, son in-law of Springdale pioneer Harvey Grant — at the year-end ceremony last month.

Indian River High handed out nearly $50,000 in awards and scholarship to its students at the completion of the 2016-2017 school year. The school provides a number of memorial awards, and the winners included, from left, (front) Monica Gray, the Roy Joy Award; Susan Wells, the Gloria Saunders Memorial Award and Nancy Saunders Memorial Award; Nicholas Bixby, Springdale Lions Club Edward Clarke Memorial Award; Mikayla Tuck, the Lloyd Melindy Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Student Leadership and the Harvey Grant Memorial Award (senior); Timothy Anstey, Way of Life Award in memory of Hayward Oake and Roland Burton; Ethan Burton, Clinton Bennett Humanitarian Award; and Keegan Oxford, the Rodney Clarke Memorial Award; (back) Kyle Ruck (junior) and Jessica Jacobs (senior), the Jessie Young Award; Lily Anne Jacobs, the Harvey Grant Memorial Award (junior); Helen Zhong, Truman Noel Memorial Scholarship; Noah Curran, Rev. George Gard Memorial Scholarship; and Maria Jacobs, Riley Lewis, and Alisha Bennett, the Holly Goudie Memorial Student Athlete Awards.

Piercey plans to attend the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in the fall. The Nellie Weir Grant Scholarship valued at $4,000 is expected to go toward an eventual teaching degree, something she will likely complete in St. John’s.

The cross-province journey for education pales in comparison to her eventual goals in life.

“I have been interested in Asian cultures for numerous years now,” the South Brook girl said. “I listen to a lot of Korean music, so that is why I chose that area.”

The financial implications of the scholarship are significant for Piercey. She said she doesn’t have savings to begin her education and the reduced debt will be beneficial for her in the future.

“It means so much actually,” she said.

Eventually being a teacher in South Korea would make a lot of hard work and dedication pay off.

“It would mean a lot because it has been a dream of mine for about four or five years now,” she said.

Obtaining this scholarship and enrolling at Grenfell are the first steps in realizing that dream.

Other Chappell Scholarship winners

The Mae Grant Chappell Scholarship valued at $4,000 went to Christopher Yates, while Dillon McPhee won the Myrtle Grant Scholarship valued at $1,000.

Last month, Indian River High handed out nearly $50,000 in awards and scholarships to its students.

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