2022 Scholarship Recipient

2022 marked the 2nd year The Kemberly Ramer Memorial Foundation has awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship to an Opp High School senior. The essay prompt was to describe a time in your life that has shaped who you are as a person. There is no right or wrong answer but let me tell you what I am learning, kids these days are faced with tribulations that I’m not sure I could handle in my 40s. We cannot control what life throws our way, but how we react says everything about who we are. 

10 years ago Jackson Pierce and his family joined a club that no one ever wants to be a member of. Cooper Pierce was just 3 years old when he left this world and entered Heaven. Losing a loved one is painful but losing a child is unimaginable. Awarding this scholarship to someone who knows what loss is, what grief feels like, and how to carry on after is overwhelming. He says that losing his little brother taught him appreciation, compassion and  perseverance. Appreciation for being present and not taking time with someone for granted, compassion for others because you don’t know everyone’s story and perseverance because that is the only option to honor those we love.

Jackson is a very accomplished young man, graduating in the top 4% of his class. In his high school career he has not only excelled in sports but also in academia. His accolades are many, from Good Citizenship awards to serving as president and member to a number of clubs. He also holds certifications in various Microsoft programs. Jackson played both football and baseball for the Bobcats throughout high school and served as team captain in both sports. Currently he attends LBW Community College and plans to transfer to Auburn to obtain his bachelor’s degree. 

Jackson has proved to be a very resilient young man. Not only has he learned to push through but he has burst the doors wide open. We can’t wait to see what you do, Congratulations!!