The 3rd Annual Aledo Main Street Scholarship was awarded
Wednesday, May 2nd at the Mercer County High School.
The mission of Aledo Main Street is to honor and preserve our past by continuing to improve the appearance, promote and revitalize Aledo’s central business district through teamwork, promotions and marketing. This scholarship was therefore created for two reasons. To promote doing businesses in our community by encouraging people to shop locally and secondly, to assist local students in furthering their education as Main Street understands that the youth of our community are our future. Tonight, Aledo Main Street will award 2 - $600 Scholarships to the top 2 vote getters.
A total of 20 Mercer County High School Seniors applied for this scholarship. Shoppers who spent money at our local participating businesses were encouraged to vote for their favorite MCHS Senior. In general, each dollar the shopper spent equated to 1 vote for the student of choice, so $20 spent meant 20 votes for their favorite student. You might find it interesting to know that within the 24 participating businesses nearly 90,000 votes were cast.
Here are quotes from essays on what do you think the downtown will be like in 20 years? First, “The downtown would still keep its older hometown feel, that is one aspect that it cannot ever lose.” And from the other recipient “I see more people traveling to the downtown area, and the local economy will rise. This will also cause an increase in profits for the local businesses and restaurants.”
It is my honor to announce the 2012 Aledo Main Street Scholarship recipients are Taylor Bennett and Christopher Hedrick.
This Scholarship was sponsored by:
Aledo Main Street, Richard Lee, CPA, Knox Heating & Cooling, Ltd., LaBelliVie Wine & Martini Bar, Wagner Pharmacy, PC Works, Stuts Drug & Hallmark, Cooper Floor Covering, Hall Shoe Store, Aledo Meat Market, McKnight Pharmacy, Hyett Furniture, BankOrion, The Vintage Button, Boney’s Farm Store, Edward Jones-Tony Holtschlag, Blessed By Nature, Goldsmith Jewelers, Cokel’s Welding & Muffler Repair, Aledo Pawn & Gun, Curves For Women, Country Financial Agents: Tracy Bigham, Lou Sutton & John Waugh, & Blackhawk Bank & Trust.