3 graduates awarded Smarr-Smith scholarships


Three Smarr-Smith scholarships were awarded at the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Class graduation ceremony.

Law Enforcement Academy Cadet King W. Mitchell of Americus, who has been hired by the Americus Police Department, was selected as the recipient of the Smarr-Smith Law Enforcement Academy Scholarship.

POST-certified officers Antoinette L. Johnson of Americus with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and Emerson R. Lundy of Vienna with the Dooly County Sheriff’s Office were both awarded Smarr-Smith Criminal Justice Scholarships. They are currently working towards an associate degree in criminal justice at South Georgia Tech.

The Smarr-Smith endowed scholarships at South Georgia Technical College were created in memory of fallen Americus Police Officer Nicholas R. Smarr and Georgia Southwestern State University Campus Safety Officer Jody C. Smith.

The endowments were created by the Smarr-Smith foundation, private individuals, and an anonymous donor.

Sharon Smith Johnson, mother of fallen officer Jody Smith, and her husband, Paul, and SGTC Foundation Trustee and retired judge George Peagler were on hand at the ceremony to help award the three scholarships.

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