The Jackson County Genealogical Society has awarded $750 scholarships to four local high school seniors.

Recipients were determined on the basis of essays they wrote on their family history and interviews with the JCGS Scholarship Committee.

Receiving scholarships are Smoky Mountain High School seniors Hannah King and James Hinson; Blue Ridge senior Julio Reyes; and Jackson County Early College senior Linda Hopson.

Reyes and Hinson received Scott Foundation Scholarships; King earned the William Loranzo Crawford Scholarship; and Hopson captured the Robert Larry Crawford Scholarship.

King, daughter of Ricky and Karen King of Whittier, plays varsity volleyball and softball for Smoky Mountain and also participates in HOSA, Student Council and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She plans to attend Greensboro College, where she will play softball and study biology with the goal of becoming a pharmacist.

Hinson, son of Shane and Kim Williams of Sylva, plays varsity football and baseball and volunteers in the special needs classroom at Smoky Mountain. He plans to attend Catawba Valley Community College, where he will play baseball and complete the college transfer program. While he plans to pursue baseball as long as he can, he hopes to earn a four-year degree in entrepreneurship.

Reyes is the son of Julian Reyes of Norton. While at Blue Ridge he was part of the yearbook staff and choir. He also volunteers for Manna Food Bank and drives the bus for his church. He plans to attend Asheville Buncombe Technical College, where he will study aviation in hopes of becoming a commercial pilot.

Hopson, daughter of Chip and April Ferguson of Caney Fork, participates in the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society at JCEC, and is active in her church youth group. She plans to attend Western Carolina University, where she will major in speech therapy with the goal of becoming a speech therapist.

For more information on the JCGS, visit the office in the Courthouse Wing of the Jackson County Library, call 631-2646, email or visit