Two local teens were recent recipients of the Absher-Moxley Memorial Scholarship, administered by the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation.
Sarah Marion, a 2018 graduate of East Surry High School, and Brandon Norman, a 2018 graduate of Surry Central High School, each were award a $500 Absher-Moxley Memorial Scholarship.
Sarah played third base on the Lady Cardinals’ softball team and earned honorable mention to the Northwest All-Conference Team this year. She also was a member of the Lady Cards’ volleyball team that won the conference championship; she was named to the all-conference team in October.
Brandon is headed to Guilford College after signing a letter of intent to play tennis. He earned all-conference honors three times in tennis as well as playing for the basketball team. He also served as student government president and was a member of the National Honor Society.
In her application essay, Sarah reflected on how drug abuse affects teenagers, saying, “Addicts come from various lifestyles, ages, and backgrounds … in today’s society, teenagers are commonly taking pain killers as a way of belonging to a social group. The consequences of drug abuse strains relationships, hinders cognitive performance, and limits your ability to function productively in a work environment.”
Sarah plans to attend Forsyth Technical Community College in the fall.
In his application essay, Brandon states that “Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in the United States, and it will not go away until we all bond together to fight this awful thing that comes with a cost of human lives.”
In 2011, Frankie Andrews and his family established The Absher-Moxley Memorial Scholarship through the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation. It is named for Andrews’ two nephews, Matthew Absher and Brandon Moxley, who were athletes, but lost their young lives within a four-year period, due to the adverse effects of prescription drug addiction.
The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation facilitates this scholarship. To make a donation to this program, checks can be sent to the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, c/o Absher-Moxley Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 364, Dobson, NC 27017. For more information, contact Ashley Mills, Foundation Liaison, 336-386-8211 or [email protected]