Share America Foundation Chooses Flutist From Catoosa County For Scholarship

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Rachel McConathy, second from right, received the 2013 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks, right, Share America Foundation president; Joe Turner, left, SAF chairman; and James Pelt, SAF secretary.
Rachel McConathy, second from right, received the 2013 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks, right, Share America Foundation president; Joe Turner, left, SAF chairman; and James Pelt, SAF secretary.

The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its first 2013 scholarship winner at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot.

The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." The scholarships honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts. 

Rachel McConathy, 18, of Ringgold, was selected as the 2013 Catoosa County winner. She graduated from Ringgold High School and will be attending Jacksonville State University in the fall to study biology. 

“I am honored to receive the Share America scholarship,” she said. “I hope to transfer to Auburn’s vet school.  I want to treat horses. I hope to be a lamest vet.”

Ms. McConathy is an award-winning equestrian considered among the top riders in the world, Mr. Franks said.

She has played flute for seven years and she also plays keyboards performing previously with Ringgold High and Middle School bands as well as district bands. She will be performing with the Jacksonville State Marching Southerners. 

“We were honored to present a $500 scholarship to assist her as she begins her college studies,” said Share America Chairman Joe Turner.

Mr. Franks, Share America president, said this was a unique selection for the scholarship.

“One of our annual scholarships is set aside for a musician from Catoosa County, Ga.,” Mr. Franks said. “We don't always have one that plays banjo, fiddle or one of the other stringed instruments to apply. In many county seats across the mountains there was a town band that shared concerts in a park bandstand or town hall sharing the music of the era with their residents, so it is not really a stretch to have someone so talented in band performance to receive the scholarship.”

Share America Foundation Board members include Mr. Franks, Mr. Turner, Gene Lowery, vice chairman; James Pelt, secretary; and Jerry Robinson, Sr., vice president; and Adam Cathey.

The next Sacred Sounds Fridays is Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Barker Brothers and special guests Tom Adkins and Tom Morgan at the Ringgold Depot. Admission is a $5 donation. Mr. Franks will host the event.

For more information about the organization and its programs, contact Share America, P.O. Box 42, Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 or visit www.shareamericafoundation.org.


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