Norris receives Rotary scholarship

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen graduate Abby Norris, who represented her classmates as the Class of 2015’s valedictorian during graduation ceremonies on Saturday, accepted yet another academic accolade on Wednesday when she was presented with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club’s annual scholarship.

The scholarship is worth $500, which Norris plans to use as The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she will major in biology with a focus on pre-med.

“If you listen to your parents, and work hard at school good things will happen,” said Jose Rodriquez, a member of the Rotary Club who intriduced Norris. “Abby is a great example of hard work paying off.”

Norris, among other awards, was recently named the Mountaire Farms/Civitas Media Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which came with a $2,500 scholarship; is one of only 20 national finalists for the U.S. Army/Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence; the winner of the $2,500 Curtis Brown Scholarship; and recently won the NCHSAA’s Wilburn Clary Award.

Norris was presented with the Rotary Club’s scholarship by Paul Norris, president of the club. She was accompanied to the meeting by her parents Eddie and Stephanie Norris; her brother Nick; and her boyfriend Matthew Massengill.