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Seniors awarded Touchstone Energy
All "A" Classic scholarships  

Sixty seniors from Kentucky's smallest high schools were awarded $1,000 college scholarships this week through the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic.

More will be awarded later this summer based on funding and availability. A list of all the 2012 winners is attached.

Interviews for the scholarships were conducted Saturday, Jan. 7, at Eastern Kentucky University's Perkins Conference Center in Richmond.

One hundred and twenty-one seniors from Kentucky's smallest high schools came to Richmond for interviews they hoped would earn them the $1,000 college scholarships.

Sixty of the competing students initially have been named scholarship winners. But an additional 30 or so will receive in-kind $1,000 scholarships from various Kentucky colleges by the end of the summer.

Five hundred and fifty-eight students from all areas of the Commonwealth applied for the awards. The interviews were conducted by panels of business people and educators from across the state.

Students from the state's 125 smallest schools qualify for various Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic programs in academics and sports, including competitions for the scholarships and in basketball, art, cheerleading, baseball, softball, volleyball and golf.

Eligible students for the scholarships must be in their senior year at one of Kentucky's Class "A" high schools. The students must attend a post-secondary school in Kentucky, whether it is a college, university, community college or vocational/technical school. The All "A" Classic has awarded nearly $1 million in academic awards since it started giving scholarships about 20 years ago, said Stan Steidel of Cold Spring, the Classic's executive director.

"The scholarship program would not be possible without the sponsorship and cooperation of Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and our other supporters," Steidel said.

This year, the basketball tournament takes place in a new venue at the Frankfort Convention Center. From Jan. 25 to Jan. 29, 16 boys' and 16 girls' regional basketball champs will battle it out for All "A" state titles. In-game cheerleading competitions also will be held during the first rounds of boys' and girls' basketball play.

All basketball games will be streamed live on www.allaclassic.org.

For questions, call Stan Steidel, Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic executive director, at (859) 240-0383.

Below is a calendar of upcoming Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic events:

Jan. 9-21
Regional Basketball Tournaments

Jan. 25
Girls' Statewide Basketball Tournament Girls' In-game Cheerleading Competition Frankfort Convention Center

Jan. 26
Boys' Statewide Basketball Tournament Boys' In-game Cheerleading Competition Frankfort Convention Center

Jan. 27
Girls' and Boys' Statewide Quarterfinals Frankfort Convention Center

Jan. 28
Girls' and Boys' Statewide Semifinals Frankfort Convention Center

Jan. 28
Scholarship Awards Banquet Capital Plaza Hotel, Frankfort

Jan. 29
Girls' and Boys' Statewide Championship Frankfort Convention Center