At a ceremony at the Carson Center on May 7 representatives from The Paducah Sun and Paducah Bank recognized all the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week participants for this school year. Congratulations to Carlissa Frederich –named the Paducah Bank Teen of the Year, and Carson Chapman — the Inspiration Award winner!
(Story below from the May 8 Paducah Sun)
From academic pursuits to community involvement and leadership, the schedule of a high-achieving high school student can be hectic.
But in the sea of students working toward a career goal, there will always be a select few who manage to stand out among the rest.
Each week during most of the school year, The Paducah Sun recognized one outstanding, well-rounded student in the region who displayed exemplary character as Paducah Bank’s Teen of the Week.
With 11 participating schools and 73 student nominations by school guidance counselors, 32 students were recognized as a Teen of the Week this year.
Among those 32, only one student could be named the 2018 Teen of the Year.
Carlissa Frederich, a McCracken County High School senior, was named the Paducah Bank Teen of the Year on Monday evening and accepted a $5,000 scholarship with a smile on her face.
“She [Frederich] checks off all the boxes of qualities we look for in any Teen of the Week,” Paducah Bank CEO Joe Framptom said to the Carson Center crowd Monday evening.
“She is community-minded and active in her church. She volunteers with the McCracken County Teen Court, a local juvenile justice program that focuses on rehabilitation and second chances, and she cares for therapy horses.”
There was one more thing that made Frederich stand out.
Shortly after becoming Teen of Week, Framptom said, she became the second Kentuckian and the first resident of western Kentucky to win the national American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship contest.
“Through her district, regional, state and national victories, Carlissa received a total of $22,400 in scholarship money,” he said. “It was her very first speech contest. Before, she had only presented in front of people in class or events like church functions.”
In addition to a 4.0 GPA, Frederich scored 35 – nearly perfect – on her ACT.
“I feel honored to be recognized by The Paducah Sun and Paducah Bank,” Frederich said. “But I feel even more honored to be part of a community that helps students like me. A community who reaches out and helps future generations.”
Frederich said she is grateful to receive such an honor.
“Paducah Bank is proud to help Carlissa further her goal with this scholarship of $5,000,” Framptom said. “We say ‘WOW’ as we honor her as this year’s Paducah Bank Teen of the Year.”
Frederich will attend Brigham Young University and pursue a career in medicine.
A $1,000 scholarship was presented Monday evening to the “Inspirational Award” winner, Carson Chapman of Calloway County High School.
Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 12, Framptom said, Chapman was not hindered by this health obstacle; he faced it, head on. He even went so far as getting his homework assignments ahead of time so his chemo treatments didn’t interfere with his schoolwork or keep him from maintaining his 4.0 GPA.
“What stood out to the selection committee about this student was his bravery and deep-rooted faith,” Framptom said. “We congratulate Carson Chapman for his resolute pursuit of education in the face of adversity.”
Chapman said he wants to thank everyone involved with Teen of the Week.
“It [Teen of the Week] brings kids closer together who have different stories and different backgrounds,” Chapman said. “To be presented with the Inspiration Award is an honor. I’ve been through a lot in a few years of my life, so being able to persevere through it and be where I am today is really a blessing from God.”
Cancer-free since February 2015, Chapman has aspirations to attend Murray State University, study business in college and one day work for a professional baseball team, which he hopes will be the St. Louis Cardinals.