Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – During its October meeting, Grainger County Board of Education recognized Larissa Copley, a 2017 graduate of Grainger High School, for being the first student from the county to be awarded the Roan Scholarship at East Tennessee State University.
Copley was the class salutatorian. The merit scholarship program was founded in 1997 by Louis H. Gump Jr. The program draws its inspiration from Roan Mountain, the highest peak in the area, according to information provided by the university. It is described as a motivational sight that symbolizes character, strength and idealism of the people of the region.
Copley was unable to attend the meeting, but was presented the certificate from the board by Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin at a later time.