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Ten local students earn Weyerhaeuser scholarships

May 9, 2008

PINE HILL, Ala., May 9, 2008 Ten local students earned more than $60,000 in scholarships from Weyerhaeuser Company through local and national scholarship programs.

Receiving Weyerhaeuser scholarships for 2008 are Raneisha Moorer of Camden, Tess Ackerman of Thomasville, Emily Jordan of Camden, Lorna Pettway and Maria Carter of Camden, Jonathan Clardy and Jennifer Henson of Thomasville, Charles Roberts of Grove Hill, Brad Chancey of Jackson and Beau Lowry of Sweet Water.

Raneisha Moorer received the national Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation scholarship for children of employees. She was among 30 national scholarship winners in 2008 and the only student from Alabama to win. Recipients of the national awards are selected from among more than 300 applicants across North America and receive renewable scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 a year.

Tess Ackerman and Emily Jordan won the $4,000 Weyerhaeuser Pine Hill scholarships for children of Pine Hill facility employees. The union-management project is funded by vending machine proceeds and pays $1,000 a year for four years for college expenses.

Lorna Pettway, Marla Carter, Jonathan Clardy and Jennifer Henson received one-time awards of $1,500 each through the Pine Hill Weyerhaeuser Foundation Committee. The scholarships are given to top students at Wilcox Central High School and Thomasville High School. The schools select the winners.

Brad Chancey, Beau Lowry and Charles Roberts are scholarship recipients for Alabama Southern’s Electrical and Industrial Technology program.

Scholarship winners were recognized at a Weyerhaeuser Scholars luncheon May 9 at Weyerhaeuser Pine Hill’s training center, hosted by Brad Larrimore, vice president and mill manager of the containerboard division. Scholars, their parents, school officials and members of the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation’s Pine Hill advisory committee attended the luncheon.

National Weyerhaeuser scholarship winner Raneisha Moorer is the daughter of Weyerhaeuser employee Moses Moorer and Creola Moorer of Camden. Moses has worked at Weyerhaeuser’s Pine Hill iLevel Lumber Technologies mill for 26 years.  At Wilcox Central High School, Raneisha has been an honor student, area basketball all-tournament player, National Honor Society member, Bama Kids Tutor and a dual-enrollment student at Wallace Community College. She plans to attend Alabama A&M University and major in computer engineering.

Weyerhaeuser Pine Hill scholarship winner Tess Ackerman is the daughter of Scott and Wendy Ackerman. Scott has worked for Weyerhaeuser for 21 years, currently as a planner for the containerboard maintenance department. At Clarke Prep, Tess had the highest average in advanced chemistry.  She was selected by People to People and Governor Bob Riley to become a member of the Alabama Delegation traveling to China 2006 and London 2005.  She plans to attend the University of Mobile and study pre-pharmacy.

Weyerhaeuser Pine Hill scholarship winner Emily Jordan is the daughter of Diane and Jimmy Ray Jordan. Diane has worked for Weyerhaeuser for 30 years, currently as supply chain deployment scheduler in the containerboard office of the customer department. At Wilcox Academy, Emily was co-captain of the cheerleaders, class officer, honor student, teachers aide and SGA officer.  She plans to attend Southern Union Community College, then Auburn University, to study elementary education.

Pine Hill Weyerhaeuser Foundation Committee scholarship winners for Wilcox Central High School are:

Lorna Gretchen Pettway, daughter of Elisha and Zoraida Pettway. She is valedictorian of her WCHS class. She was senior class president, SGA vice president and colonel in the Air Force Junior ROTC and plans to attend Auburn University to study pre-medicine biology or physical science.

Marla Carter, daughter of Marvin and Edna Carter. She is salutatorian of her class and was active with Future Farmers, Beta Club and the marching band. She was a dual enrollment student, with 15 college credits from Wallace Community College Selma. Miss Carter plans to attend Auburn University and major in secondary math education.

Winners for Thomasville High School are:

Jennifer Henson, daughter of Mrs. Jacque Henson. She is valedictorian of her class. She was the first THS dual enrollment student at Alabama Southern Community College, president of the National Honor Society and Leo Club and volunteered with several organizations. She plans to attend Auburn University and major in engineering.

Jonathan Caleb Clardy, son of Greg and Kim Clardy. He is salutatorian of his THS class, where he was Drama Club president, section leader and caption of the marching band, Boys’ State representative and National Honor Society vice president. Clardy plans to attend the University of South Alabama to pursue a medical degree.

Other scholarship winners - Brad Chancey, Beau Lowry and Charles Roberts - are recipients of scholarships to the Alabama Southern Community College Electrical and Industrial Technology program. These scholarships pay full tuition and books. Students completing the program will be qualified to enter the maintenance field in several job areas associated with industrial commercial and institutional operations. Chancey is the son of Anthony and Donna Chancey; Lowry is the son of Ron and Shonda Langley. Charles is the son of Terry and Nan Roberts.

The national and Pine Hill Foundation scholarships are funded through the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, which has a mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where Weyerhaeuser has a presence. Since 1948, the Foundation has directed more than $183 million to the communities where Weyerhaeuser employees work, live and play. Nationwide, the Foundation's annual philanthropic budget totals $10 million.

Weyerhaeuser Company’s Pine Hill, Ala., containerboard operation produces linerboard and corrugating medium --  the strong, brown paper used to manufacture shipping boxes --  and is one of the state's largest paper recyclers (recycling more than 700 tons per day of old boxes and other paper).  Other Weyerhaeuser businesses at Pine Hill produce lumber and veneer, manage timberlands and grow superior tree seedlings.  The Pine Hill complex employs more than 700 people in family-wage jobs and is the largest employer in rural Wilcox County.

Elsewhere in Alabama, Weyerhaeuser manages 580,000 acres of forest land, all certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative™ (SFI) standard, and operates a corrugated sheets operation at Huntsville and iLevel® Lumber Technologies mill at Millport, an iLevel Service Center at Tuscumbia, and an iLevel Veneer Technologies mill near Evergreen, which produces engineered wood building materials.

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2007, sales were $16.3 billion. It has offices or operations in 13 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development and related activities. Additional information about Weyerhaeuser's businesses, products and practices is available at http://www.weyerhaeuser.com.

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