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Scholarship awarded

Matthew Wright, center, son of Steve and Heide Wright of Chester, was awarded the Point Pleasant Ladies Aide Scholarship for 2020. Wright, who graduated from Oak Glen High School with highest honors, accepts his award from President Carolyn Allison, left, and Member Ruth Fuller. During the presentation, Allison read a poem titled “Just for Matthew,” and Fuller offered a prayer. Wright is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Chester where he has participated in youth group, many VBS events, several 30-Hour Famine Weekends and helped with property committee projects. Along with church activities, he is a multi-sports letterman, an avid outdoorsman and through the years has represented Type 1 Diabetes, mentoring many young people like him. Allson explained that this particular scholarship has historical and sentimental meaning for Wright. Bill Herron, his great-great-great grandfather, was a charter member of Point Pleasant Methodist Church, which was established in 1886. His great-grandmother, Betty Gibson, and his great-aunt, Jane Greenwalt, were members of the Point Pleasant Ladies Aide until their death. Currently, Wright’s grandmother, Nancy Wright, and great-aunt, Joyce Beatty, are members of the group. Wright will be attending West Virginia University where he plans to obtain an engineering degree, which he would like to use in developing better insulin management systems.

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