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August 17, 2013

Texas Tech Alumni award scholarships

Corsicana — The Navarro County Texas Tech Alumni Association is pleased to announce two scholarship recipients for 2013.

This year’s award winners are Marcela Haddenham and Payne Sharpley, both from Corsicana High School.

Haddenham, daughter of Mike and Cindy Haddenham, plans to attend Texas Tech starting in the fall and study International Business. She loves to travel and the opportunities that the university has to allow her complete some of her studies abroad are very appealing. Marcela graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and was active volunteering, working, and participating in school and extracurricular activities. She volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Salvation Army, and the Angel Tree. She has worked at CiCi’s pizza and participated in FCCLA, Student Council, Pac-10, and Rachel’s Challenge while at Corsicana High School. Marcela is a well-rounded young lady who is bi-lingual and has a very adventurous spirit that will serve her well in pursuit of many of her goals including exploring different cultures. The Texas Tech alumni in this area are very proud to congratulate and help support a great student like Marcela Haddenham.

Payne Sharpley, son of Malinda Veldman and Brent Sharpley, has enrolled at Texas Tech to study the fields of agriculture and business.  Payne chose a college that is very familiar and comfortable to him due to many family ties which go all the way back to his grandmother and grandfather both graduating from Texas Tech. While at CHS, he graduated in the top 20 percent of his class and excelled in many of the AP and dual credit courses he completed, including being named Sociology Student of the Year in 2012. Payne is the out-going President of FFA and has been involved in many areas of livestock showing and judging for most of his life. Volunteer work includes Salvation Army, Navarro County Livestock Show, Corsicana Main Street Project, various food drives, and the Corsicana United Methodist Church. Payne is very active and some of his interests include golfing and swimming, so his job as a lifeguard at the Country Club pool in the summers was ideal.  The Texas Tech alumni in this area are very proud to congratulate and help support the son of fellow alumni like Payne Sharpley.

Any Texas Tech alumni interested in joining the local association or helping support scholarship efforts should contact Scott Watkins at

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