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2020 Rymer Scholars Announced



Lee University has awarded nine incoming freshmen the 2020 Rymer Scholarship. Three Gold Scholars, three Silver Scholars, and three Bronze Scholars were announced.

The Rymer Foundation, established in 1989 by Hoyle Rymer and his father, Robert Rymer, awards the scholarships annually. The award honors exceptional achievement and encourages local high school students to continue their education in Cleveland. Since the scholarship’s inception in 1989, more than 200 students have earned the title “Rymer Scholar.”

Nine finalists from Bradley Central High School (BCHS), Cleveland High School (CHS), and Walker Valley High School (WVHS) were chosen for the 2020 awards. The Lee University President’s Office, along with the principals from all three high schools, appointed the selection committee.

The selection committee reviewed the applications and conducted interviews with each finalist. Scholars were assessed based on their leadership in extracurricular, athletic, and church-based activities, high school rank, grade point average, college entrance exam scores, and the interview.

This year’s Rymer Gold Scholars are Lauren Lacar (WVHS), Broderick Phillips (CHS), and Jessica White (WVHS). They each will receive a scholarship of $10,000.
Lacar
Lauren Lacar

Lacar, the daughter of John and Ninfa Hujus, has a GPA of 4.0 and is ranked 3rd in her class. She is involved in varsity soccer and track and field. She is a member of the Junior Civitan Club International, SkillsUSA, and the Society of Women Engineers. She is also a Circle of Champions Gold Scholar and is a member of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) leadership, the National Honor Society, and the German-American Partnership Program. She has held consecutive semesters on Honor Roll, is an AP Scholar with distinction, and is a future graduate of the Seal of Biliteracy. She has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, the Cleveland Soccer Shine Camp, and coordinated the NICU Collection Drive and Awareness Project.
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Broderick Phillips

Phillips is the son of Gregory and Ronda Phillips. He has a GPA of 4.0 and is ranked 1st in his class. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) leadership and band, the Anchor Club, and the International Thespian Society. He has served as the vice president of the National Honor Society, director of the senior class Playoffs, and mentor for Little Leaders at Ross Elementary. He received the AP Scholar Award and the Cleveland High Raider Scholar Award. He is a member of the youth praise band at First Baptist Church where he plays weekly for the band and Amplify Choir. He has also participated in several missions trips and volunteered for student summer camp at his church.
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Jessica White

White, the daughter of Darwin and Heather White, is ranked 1st in her class and has a GPA of 4.0. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association (SGA), World Language Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Beta Club, Circle of Champions, and the Art Club. She was awarded the Circle of Champions Gold Level Award, the SGA Most Organized Award, and the SGA Most Encouraging Award. She has volunteered over 900 hours in the Cleveland community at the Tennessee Guest and Dude Ranch, The Salvation Army, and Tri-State, a clinic that uses hippotherapy to instruct children with severe physical, psychological, and social special needs.

The 2020 Rymer Silver Scholars are Kylie Estrada (BCHS), Conner Fay (WVHS), and Shiloh Parker (BCHS). They will each receive a scholarship of $5,000.
Estrada
Kylie Estrada

Estrada is the daughter of Noe and Tammy Estrada. She has a GPA of 4.0 and is ranked 23rd in her class. She is co-president of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) and a member of the National Honor Society, Diamond Dolls, and FCA. She is vice president of the student council, where she served as a liaison to administrators at BCHS. She is also a member of the Spanish Club, Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy, and is the founder of Court Cuties, a club for young girls to exercise communication and service. She has served as a volunteer in several community and church projects, such as feeding the homeless and missions trips.
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Conner Fay

Fay is the son of Danny and Tiffany Fay. He has a GPA of 4.0 and is ranked 5th in his class. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honors Society, the BETA Club, and the STEM Leadership Club. He served as the student body ambassador of the SGA and as president of SkillsUSA. He is also a member of the FCA leadership team, Circle of Champions, and the WVHS wrestling team. He has served as a volunteer with Operation Christmas Child, The Salvation Army food bank, and helped build the first greenhouse at Charleston Elementary School. He also helped start the food bank at Walker Valley and worked as an Amateur Athletic Union wrestling coach for two years.
Parker wins Rymer
Shiloh Parker

Parker, the son of Jason and Tina Parker, is ranked 1st in his class and has a GPA of 4.0. He is the captain of the varsity soccer team and ran cross country for two years. He participated in varsity eSports, where his team was ranked 25th in the nation for Rainbow 6 Siege. He served as a leader in FCA and was named valedictorian as a representative of the Lee U Math Competition. He has volunteered as the Parkway Baptist media team leader, outdoor ministry youth leader, and has participated in several missions trips with his church. He has served families at Christmas with the Boys & Girls Club and spoken to Valley View Elementary students about secondary and postsecondary education.

The Rymer Bronze Scholars are Haley Long (CHS), Liliana Marler (CHS), and Elizabeth Waters (BCHS). They will each receive a scholarship of $2,000.
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Haley Long

Long is the daughter of Brian and Melody Long. She is ranked 1st in her class and has a GPA of 4.0. She is a member of the Junior Civitan Club where she served as president for one year. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and played for the softball team all four years of high school. She has volunteered for the Empty Stocking Fund, Fantastic Fridays, and Night to Shine. She is also a member of The Church at Grace Point and volunteers in their nursery.
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Liliana Marler

Marler is the daughter of James and Lizbeth Marler. She has a GPA of 3.9 and is ranked 40th in her class. As a member of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC), she served as squadron commander and was awarded the National Society Daughters of 1812 medal and the Leadership Award. She also served as a member of the political science discussion club. She has done volunteer work for Operation Christmas Child, Three Kings Feast at St. Therese, and helped guide runners in a half marathon. She has performed soloist features on the Ooltewah United Methodist Church praise team and was also a member of the worship team at North Cleveland Church of God during her middle school and underclassman years.
Waters
Elizabeth Waters

Waters is the daughter of David and Elisha Waters. She is ranked 18th in her class and has a GPA of 4.0. She is a member of the Tennessee Association of Student Council (TASC), Beta Club, HOSA, the National Honor Society, and Distinguished Young Women. She has served as the vice president and president of the student council and participated on the freshman debate team for Future Farmers of America (FFA). She has volunteered for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Tennessee River Rescue, Empty Stocking Fund, and at local nursing homes. She was named member of the year for TASC and has received the Gold Honor Roll Award, Be Your Best Self Award, Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, and the Bear Scholar Award.

All monetary awards will be dispersed to the winners over a period of four years.

For more information about the Rymer Scholarship, contact Lee’s Office of Admissions at admissions@leeuniversity.edu or (423) 614-8500.
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