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Newport Firefighters Union, Local 45, Awards Scholarships to High School Graduates

A high school graduate from Newport High School and another from Newport Central Catholic High School have each been awarded $1,000 college scholarships from the Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 I.A.F.F. union.


2018 graduates, Caralyne Wallace of Newport High School and Jack Kohls of Newport Central Catholic High School were awarded the Local 45 Scholarship for their exemplary performance throughout high school during a recent meeting of The Newport City Commission.


"Caralyne and Jack both have a long list of achievements, awards and recognition throughout their high school years," said Jake Silvati, Local 45 President. "Both students are focused on post-secondary educations and both came highly recommended by their references. The Newport firefighters are proud to award scholarships to these students."


Caralyne has dreamed of attending college since she was a young girl. In her scholarship application essay, she wrote: "I know it sounds cliché, but I fell in love with school and always wanted to learn more."


She is now making her dream come true by attending Thomas More College in the fall to pursue a post-secondary education in Pre-Physical Therapy with a major in Exercise Science.


While at Newport High School, Caralyne maintained a 4.6 GPA and graduated as the school's valedictorian. She is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at American Legion Post #11, volunteered as a cheerleading coach for the Newport Youth Spirit Squad and was actively involved with the Future Business Leaders of America Club.


Jack Kohls is described by Silvati as "a confident young man who truly pushes himself to improve not only himself, but everyone around him." He maintained a 4.5 GPA, had perfect attendance during all four years of high school and is a member of the National Honor Society.


During his four years at Newport Central Catholic, Jack played basketball, baseball and football in addition to serving as president of the Pep-Club. He will attend Northern Kentucky University to pursue a post-secondary education in Construction Management.


"Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 thanks and wishes our scholarship recipients and all the applicants the best in their future endeavors," Silvati said.