Tootle receives $2500 Rotary scholarship

Scholarship recipient Laney Tootle with her parents, Brian and Kathleen Tootle, her grandparents, Ray and Cindy Tootle and Rotarian Brent Carter.

Metter Rotary Club recognized their $2500 scholarship recipient, Laney Tootle, during their June 2 meeting at Bevricks.

Rotarian Brent Carter, who serves on the scholarship committee with fellow Rotarians Marsha Holloway and Mal White, introduced Laney, who was accompanied by her parents, Brian and Kathleen Tootle, and her grandparents, Ray and Cindy Tootle.

Stating that Laney graduated with a 100.73 GPA, Carter said, “She was a member of every single club in high school.” Also active in her church and her youth group, Laney, who was crowned Miss MHS 2020 earlier this year, “excels in everything,” Carter said. 

“But when you look at her application ... What really stands out about Laney is her service. She gets it. She knows it’s not about her -- it’s about serving others.”

Laney then addressed club members, sharing her plans to attend Mercer University under their pre-medical track en route to a career as a neonatologist.

Laney, who also received the Mercer University Academic Merit Scholarship for $76,000, said her goals are “to attend Mercer University School of Medicine and come back to a rural area and provide services.

“Returning to a rural area is very important to me because there are only two hospitals close to Metter that have a labor & delivery unit, which means high risk babies are taken away from home to a larger hospital, such as Savannah or Augusta.

“I want to take action and change this situation,” she said.

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