Three recent graduates were honored and awarded scholarship funding recently at the Cleveland Country Club.
The Ratterman-Shell Annual Scholarship Banquet recognized Monica Allison of Cleveland High School, Landry “Cal” Pickel of Bradley Central High School and Logan Melton of Walker Valley High School.
According to Mark Smith of the Ratterman-Shell organization, all three received the $2,500 per year for the university or college of their choice, to continue their education.
The Ratterman - Shell Memorial is dedicated to the memories of Scott Ratterman and Ed Shell, who both died untimely deaths at a young age.
In the fall each year, golfers from across the country come to Cleveland to participate in the fundraiser, which benefits the education of the recipients of the scholarship funding.
Both Ratterman and Shell were actively engaged in the community. Shell was a member of the Ratterman Memorial Scholarship prior to his death.
After his passing, the executive board found it befitting to change the name of the organization, which would eventually encompass funding for one qualified graduate from each local high school.
Ratterman was a graduate of Cleveland High School. Shell was a graduate of Charleston High School.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been presented to students during the past 28 years, after the Ratterman-Shell Memorial was established.
- Allison will be a part of Lee University’s inaugural year when the Nursing Program begins.
She is a Tennessee Scholar and Raider Scholar as well as a three-year member of the National Honor Society. She holds a 3.9 GPA with 20 honors classes and was ranked 24th among the class of 307 students.
Allison was chosen for the Clinical Internship Nursing Program at SkyRidge Medical Center during the spring semester this year and has “full acceptance” for the first freshman classes at Lee University’s nursing program.
Allison was also named 2014 Scholar-Athlete of the Year at CHS.
She was a finalist for the Rex Dockery Scholarship, president of the FCA at CHS, was a nominee of the 2013 Girls State Delegate — American Legion Leadership, a student representative on Dr. Martin Ringstaff’s Student Advisory boards, and was a Teen Board member from Cleveland as well as guest for Mayor Tom Rowland’s State Dinner.
Allison was the 2013 CHS Homecoming Queen. She has taken part in mission trips to Haiti, New York City, Chicago, New Orleans and is an active member of the student ministry at First Baptist Church.
She also received a scholarship to run track for Lee University and is the record holder of 300 Hurdles at CHS (originally set the CHS record in 2012, and broke again in 2014), as a four-year member of the CHS Track Team and also has team records.
Allison was also a four-year cheerleader member for football and wrestling programs and co-captain of football squad senior year.
She is the daughter of Dan and Gina Allison.
- Pickel plans on attending Hiwassee College or Cleveland State Community College before transferring to UTC or MTSU. Pickel is to pursue a degree in education or sports marketing.
Pickel graduated from Bradley Central High School, where he was a two-sport athlete and an honor student. He graduated with a 3.9 GPA as both a Tennessee Scholar and a Bear Scholar. Pickel played tennis and basketball for one year in high school, and was a four-year varsity baseball and football player.
He was a member of Student Government, FCA, Bachelorettes, National Honor Society and Marketing.
He was all-district baseball, and a two-time all-conference football player and was recognized as Check Into Cash and Journey Church Player of the Week in football on several occasions. He was given the Mr. Bear football award and was the winner of both the Rex Dockery Football Award and Scholarship. Along with the Ratterman –Shell Scholarship, he was named the Dustin Ledford and Robert Maupin scholarships recipient.
He is a member of the Church at Grace Point, where he is actively involved in his youth group.
Pickel is the son of Regina and Rusty Lewis and the late Jimmy Pickel and has two siblings, Kellen and Jacke Pickel.
- Melton plans on a life career dedicated to public service. He plans to attend Cleveland State Community College beginning this fall to pursue a degree in education.
He had considered a career in the emergency services field, but believes he can have a strong influence through education, teaching young adult the desire to help people through service in the community.
Melton held a 3.87 GPA and was a 2014 Honors graduate from WVHS. He was chosen “Most Dependable” and was a member of many organizations throughout his school.
Melton was a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Circle of Champions, Tennessee Scholars, FCA, Crossroads and the Opportunity Group.
While at WVHS, he was a member of the WVHS Basketball and Baseball teams and earned the “Play Maker, Mustang, Hustle and Brice Sharp” awards.
He was also a Check into Cash Player of the Week and team captain 2013-14.
As a member of Journey Church in McDonald, he is also active in a number of groups there and enjoys attending church activities and volunteering in the community.