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Garrett hits home run with $2,500 scholarship
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WCHS senior John Garrett was awarded a $2,500 scholarship Friday from First National Bank of Middle Tennessee. Pictured, from left, are WCHS executive principal Clark George, Garrett, and First National Bank president and CEO Pieter van Vuuren.

Warren County High School senior John Garrett has studied, pitched, and worked his way to a $2,500 scholarship from First National Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Garrett was presented with an oversized ceremonial check on Friday from bank president and CEO Pieter van Vuuren.

“You realize you can’t cash this check,” joked van Vuuren in making the presentation with WCHS executive principal Clark George in attendance.

Garrett is an A Honor Roll student who is one of 14 seniors on the WCHS baseball team. Garrett has established himself as one of the most reliable pitchers on the squad and says he hopes to be able to take the mound Monday night when the Pioneers travel to Bradley Central for a must-win game in the region tournament.

Garrett says his high school athletic career has been memorable, but he doesn’t plan to play baseball in college. He says he’s been playing with the core members of this team for eight or nine years.

Garrett’s plans after high school include attending Motlow State Community College. He is currently eyeing a degree in business, but admits he still hasn’t decided on a career.

First National traditionally holds a year-end banquet to celebrate students in the top 10% at WCHS. The bank hasn’t been able to do that the past two years due to pandemic concerns.

To fill in the gap, van Vuuren says this scholarship was created to benefit a local student.

“We realize some businesses in this community might not be in a position to help right now so we want to do our part,” said van Vuuren. “John is a great kid, bright student, and very deserving of this recognition.”

John is the son of Todd and Sherri Garrett.