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Rotarians to honor students

COVINGTON - Alcovy High School will be filled with some of the highest achieving students in the county Thursday night.

The Rotary Club of Covington will honor the county's top 30 students, or the top 10 students from each of Newton County's three high schools, Alcovy, Eastside and Newton.

The club will sponsor its annual special reception and program at 7 p.m. Thursday at Alcovy High School.

At the event, each school's top 10 graduating seniors and their favorite teachers will enjoy a night recognizing them and their honors and special activities. The students' families also are invited; however, the event is not open to the public.

This year, Newton County School System Superintendent Steven Whatley will address the students and guests, and a member of the Rotary Club also will speak about the club and the scholarships and opportunities that are available.

"It is really a salute to the students," said Doug Bolton, president of the club. "They're all outstanding students. We want to spend time honoring them."

The honored students also will receive a certificate and a special program that lists their accomplishments.

Afterward, a small reception with desserts and beverages will be held at the school.

This is the Rotary Club's 44th annual event for the county's top 30 students. It was started in 1965 by Rotarians Jim Purcell and Whit Richardson.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.