Four Manti High students named to receive Wilbur T. Braithwaite Memorial Scholarship

Bethany Malone
Lucy Eddy
Tyson Meade
Rawlee Mickelson

MANTI—Four Manti High School (MHS) students are this year’s recipients of the “Coach” Wilbur T. Braithwaite Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship awards were presented on Monday, May 10 by Jane Braithwaite, the late coach’s wife. The recipients of the scholarships were Lucy Eddy, Bethany Malone, Tyson Meade and Rawlee Mickelson.

During the presentation, Jane Braithwaite shared that Wilbur himself had been a senior at Manti High School 77 years ago before heading off to Europe in the U.S. Army, where he came very close to losing his life more than once.

Braithwaite told the students that “accomplishments and hopes for their future were possible because of the grace of God and the sacrifices of America’s founding fathers and the ongoing sacrifices of the military.”

Recipient Lucy Eddy, daughter of Nephi and Sabona Eddy, plans to pursue her education in the field of business with an interlude as she serves a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lucy has represented MHS as an Art Sterling Scholar. Her unique painting of the two sets of eyes, hers and her Grandmother’s, titled “17 to 70” won display at the Springville Museum State High School art show and “runner-up” at the Sterling Scholar competition.

Along with academics, recipient Bethany Malone, daughter of Steven and Jeanette Malone, has excelled in music, theatre and dance during her high school years. As a violinist she participated in Solo, Ensemble and Honor Orchestra as well as being an accomplished pianist. Her involvement in Theatre included musicals and one act play, classical and contemporary scenes in dramatic competition.

This year Bethany danced with Manti High’s newly formed Rise Up Dance Company. During her sophomore year, Bethany won 1st Place in the Western Division of the American Legion Essay Contest.  She is planning to become an elementary school teacher. 

Recipient Tyson Meade, son of Brian and Valerie Meade, is focusing on serving an LDS mission before pursuing a career in computer science. He joined the band as a novice trombone player and found that he had an “ear for music.” His dedication resulted in becoming president of the Manti High School Band. Tyson joined the bike team and through hard work and training earned a 5th place medal. His experience in MHS Theatre gave him confidence before an audience.

Recipient Rawlee Mickleson, daughter of Ryan and Jennie Mickelson, has played the cello in the orchestra, been a member of the volleyball and golf teams and served as president of the Greenpower Car Club. In state competition, Rawlee, as manager and driver, took 1st place in the stock car division and 2nd place overall. Still Rawlee has arranged time to be a valuable member of the Manti City Youth Council. Volunteering at the Christmas light parade, Easter and Halloween celebrations are among her contributions. Rawlee’s future plans include intensive study of digital media with emphasis on animation. She also plans to serve an LDS mission.