Norris scholarship

Five Mary Persons seniors have been awarded the Deputy Michael Norris Memorial Scholarship to help them pursue a career in law enforcement or public safety. Gus Procter, Jorja Conine, Bailey Niblett, Sara Moore and Franklin Pierson were each awarded a $2,000 scholarship to help with college expenses. The Monroe County Reporter started the scholarship to encourage young people of good character in Monroe County to pursue a career in law enforcement after Monroe County deputy Michael Norris was shot and killed in the line of duty in September 2014. Norris was a bright young man from Culloden when he was killed by Chris Calmer in a “suicide by cop” 911 call. Thanks to community support, a golf fundraiser and charity ATV Ride, the Norris scholarship was able to give away the most money to the most students ever, $10,000 to five seniors. To make your tax deductible donation for the scholarship fund, send to PO Box 795, Forsyth, GA 31029. Above, seated from left, Sara Moore, Bailey Niblett and Jorja Conine. Back row, from left, Bennett and Fran Norris, parents of Michael Norris, Logan Norris Doyle (Michael’s widow), Franklin Pierson, Gus Proctor and Will Davis.