Alayna Pipkin of Hannibal received the Tom N. Walsh Memorial Scholarship, demonstrating her academic and athletic accomplishments to receive the honor.
Tom Walsh was a lifelong distance runner, learner and music lover. He ran successfully in high school and college and up until the effects of ALS made it impossible. The sought truth and understanding throughout his life. Tom as passionate about music, particularly drumming and drummers. This scholarship has been established by his wife, Joan, to honor Tom's memoriy by assisting qualified students who share some of his interests.
The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to one Hannibal High School student who is either a long-distance runner (one-, two-mile and cross country), is a drummer inside or outside of school or has an interest in philosophy.
Pipkin will continue her track career at Truman State University and she listed several of the accomplishments she attained in addition to her accolades in varsity cross-country and track — she was a member of Key Club, Pre-Medical Professionals Club, Student Council and served as the treasurer and secretary of the HHS Honor Society.
Pipkin also volunteered during the school blood drive, at the Hannibal Middle School carnival, Kiwanis Pancake Day, a variety of school concession stands, a booth at the Folklife Festival, Salvation Army bell ringing and the Pirate Pride lemonade stand. She also ran in charity races, donated food to the food drive and donated clothes.