Caton earns Robin Parham Park scholarship

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jessica Park  presents Hope Caton with the 2014 Robin Parham Park  Scholarship.

Jessica Park presents Hope Caton with the 2014 Robin Parham Park Scholarship.

Ten years to the date Robin Parham Park lost her battle to breast cancer, her family presented the ninth scholarship to recent Andalusia High School graduate and soon-to-be Auburn freshman Hope Caton.

Park passed away July 30, 2004, and her family said she always valued the importance of education for women.

“It was decided to dedicate the many generous memorial gifts into a fund recognizing an outstanding senior woman in the AHS graduating class,” said Park’s mother, Sharon Parham. “The purpose was to focus attention on cancer awareness in young women.”

Parham and granddaughter Jessica Park presented Caton with her scholarship.

“Jacqueline Hope Caton, the recipient, has displayed attributes of scholarship, leadership, character, concern for others and community involvement, especially the Covington County Relay for Life program,” Parham said. “A magna cum laude graduate, in her capacity as cheerleader co-captain, treasurer of both SGA and Key Club and numerous other leadership positions, she has displayed a supportive and positive attitude, which has earned her the respect of her peers.”

Following in the footstep’s of her brother, Stephen, Hope will attend Auburn and major in pharmacy.

“Ever since I was little I wanted to be a pharmacist,” she said. “My uncle is one, and my brother is going to be one, too. I thought we could start a business, My brother is such as good role model. I have followed in his footsteps.”

In pursuing her career goal, Hope has been working at Darby’s for the last seven months.

“It has given me the insight into what to do,” she said. “I hope to get my tech license, so I can count pills and get that kind of experience.”

Hope is the daughter of Jacqueline and Todd Caton is and a fourth generation AHS graduate.

The Parham-Park families look at academics, leadership and involvement in school activities and volunteer efforts when choosing a winner.

Hope’s achievements also include senior class poet, senior homecoming court attendant, National Honor Society, more than 100 hours of community service, and she was a member of various other service organization and school clubs.

She is a member of Bethany Baptist Church.

She is the ninth recipient of the $1,000 scholarship.

“I did not expect this scholarship whatsoever,” Caton said.