Exceptional, well-rounded young students awarded with Reaching 4 Excellence scholarships

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – FOX 4 is pleased to announce the Reaching 4 Excellence Young Achiever Scholarship Awards.

This is the 12th consecutive year -- and the 16th year overall that FOX 4 has spotlighted outstanding young people in the Kansas City region.

The four honorees represent the dozens of young people FOX 4 has featured over the past year.

FOX 4 is also pleased to have representatives of Sheet Metal Air, Rail and Transportation Workers’ Local Union Two as our Reaching 4 excellence sponsor once again.

As it has in past years -- the local is awarding each of our honorees a $1,250 scholarship to continue their studies on the way to exceptional and productive careers and adult lives.

Business manager Greg Chastain, and Jay Lind – financial secretary-treasurer and business representative were on hand as representatives.

Approximately 60 children and teenagers were featured as outstanding young people in the FOX 4 Reaching 4 Excellence series from last spring to this spring.

They were stellar in academics the arts, leadership, community service and volunteerism; overcoming obstacles, career exploration, heroism, and the like.

These four are top-tier in many of those categories -- selected as the Reaching 4 Excellence scholarship winners for 2016.

They include a magnificent musician and performing artist, a dynamic school and community leader, an inspiring victor over adversity, and a breathtaking scholar focused on making our world better for everyone.

Our recipients this year are:

2016 Cristo Rey Kansas City High School graduate Mikayla Bridgewater – honored as a 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholar.

2016 Washington High School graduate Darion Stafford – honored as a 2016 Gates Millenium Scholar.

2015 Rockhurst High School graduate and now Berklee College of Music student Houston Smith.

2015 Shawnee Mission East High School graduate and 2015 National Presidential Scholar and now Yale University student Clara Ma.

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