As a way to fill targeted teaching needs and reward hometown students who plan to become educators, Sedalia School District 200 has awarded two more scholarships under its Tiger Legacy program.

Smith-Cotton High School seniors Kylie Neal and Emily Cote are this year’s recipients. Tiger Legacy, the district’s “Grow Your Own” program, encourages students who pursue education degrees in science, math and special education to come back to Sedalia 200 to teach for at least four years by providing them $2,000 per semester toward their bachelor’s degree.

Neal plans to pursue high school math at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and Cote intends to become an elementary special education teacher, initially through study at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

Smith-Cotton High Principal Wade Norton, a member of the selection committee, said. “These two young ladies have had a dream of becoming teachers. We are pleased to help them achieve their dream and have them join Sedalia 200 once their goal has been achieved. We know they have the potential to make a difference in their community."

In the top photo: Smith-Cotton High School seniors Kylie Neal, left, and Emily Cote, right, are congratulated by Sedalia 200 Board of Education President Diana Nichols for their selections as Tiger Legacy scholarship recipients at the April 19 board meeting in the Heckart Performing Arts Center.

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