John F. Watts Memorial Scholarships Awarded


On May 22, three South Stokes High School seniors were awarded John F. Watts Memorial Scholarships at South Stokes’ Awards Day Program. Robbie Wagoner, Matthew Martin and Garrett Covington were each awarded $1,500 grants by Roger Cooke, member of the scholarship selection committee. Wagoner is the son of Margaret Brown and Robbie Wagoner of Germanton. Martin is the son of Mary Martin of Pine Hall and Covington is the son of Joette and Lynn Covington of Germanton.

Wagoner graduated with honors from South Stokes and will be attending UNC-Charlotte in the fall. He plans to major in Engineering. He has been very active at South Stokes as a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Ruriteen Club. His honors include serving as Beta Club Treasurer, Ruriteen Secretary, Junior Marshall, and was the recipient of the DAR Good Citizen Award. He is a member of the Germanton Ruritan Club. Wagoner was also a delegate to the 2014 American Legion’s Tar Heel Boys State at Catawba College.

Martin also graduated with honors from South Stokes and will be seeking a degree in biology at Elon University in the fall. At South, he has been extremely active. His activities include Marching Band, Soccer Team, Beth Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Youth and Government, Student Government, Track Team member and Fellowship of Christian Students. His honors include marching band Drum Major, Soccer Sportsmanship Award, Secretary of the Beta Club, Class Senator, and All-County Band. Martin also attended Tar Heel Boys State in 2014 and was elected Commissioner of Insurance.

Covington is an honor graduate at South Stokes and will be attending North Carolina State University in the fall seeking a degree in engineering. While at South, he was a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, varsity football team and varsity baseball team. His honors include National Society of High School Scholars, Junior Marshall, 2014 All-Conference and All-Tournament in baseball, and 2012 Defensive Player of the Year.

Friends and family of John F. Watts set up the scholarships two years ago in memory of John after he was killed in a tragic accident.

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