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Alice Faye Henderson is likely smiling at the thought that she has a hand in sending five Chiefland High School graduates to college this fall.
The Alice Faye Henderson Memorial Scholarship, administered by the Levy County Schools Foundation and the H.S. Henderson Jr. family handed out $5,000 in scholarships this year to Matthew D. Horne, Mychayle Lynn Franklin, Austin M. Sheffield, Sarah Raye Ivey and Danielle Elizabeth Drummond.
“We had 16 applicants and they were all great and deserving,” said H.C. Henderson, the late Miss Alice Faye's spouse and retired owner of Levy Abstract and Title Co.
He said the number of recipients went from one last year to five this year for a good reason: “We thought we had the opportunity to help people. Faye would be real happy about it, I'm sure.”
The scholarship is funded by gifts from the Henderson family, H.C., and his sons Skipper and Adam, and the many friends of the late Mrs. Henderson, who was also a civic and education activist.
Mr. and Mrs. Henderson are both graduates of Chiefland High School. She was an athlete known for her basketball prowess, played in the band and was a football cheerleader. In her senior year she was voted Most Athletic, Halloween Queen and Miss CHS by her fellow students.
After marrying her high school sweetheart, she worked in the family business, was a homemaker and was well known for her baked goods which she shared at local fundraisers and with folks in Chiefland.
An active alumni of CHS, she was honored for her work with the 2011 Citizen of the Year Award by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.