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Delano graduate meets former United States president

October 27, 2008

Locklear also gives speech to president

By Jen Bakken
Staff Writer

DELANO, MN – It’s not everyday that a college student has the chance to meet a former president.

Even more rare is the opportunity to give a speech in the presence of a former president, and present him with a gift.

Brittany Locklear, the daughter of Bruce and Dawn Locklear, is a 2006 Delano High School graduate attending Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY, and is a member of the Georgetown Varsity Golf Team.

Recently, former President George H.W. Bush visited Georgetown College because its recreation center was being named after him in honor of The First Tee Program.

The 41st president of the United States is a highly regarded supporter of The First Tee Program.

This program’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

Georgetown College has established a $1.5 million scholarship endowment to benefit The First Tee Scholars program.

The scholarship program is affiliated with the First Tee program, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation that focuses on giving youths of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop values such as honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship through golf and character education.

Since its creation 11 years ago, the program has worked with 2.2 million youths, reported The Louisville, KY Courier-Journal.

“It was such an honor to have him on our campus,” Brittany said. “And, it has truly been a privilege to be a part of the first school to implement the First Tee Scholars Scholarship Program, and now the first school to endow the scholarship. It shows Georgetown’s dedication to the program.”

Though Brittany was nervous about speaking in front of the student body, she was relieved to have her parents at the presentation.

“It calmed a lot of my nerves and it meant a lot that they were there to support me and share in this opportunity,” she said. “My dad had told me before I went on to just relax and enjoy the moment, which really helped.”

The 23,500-square foot George H.W. Bush Center for Fitness at Georgetown College opened in January 2003.

“It was incredible, and we were so thankful we got to go, and her grandparents too,” said Dawn Locklear. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. How many get to meet a president?”

Brittany’s speech to the former president

“Frederick Buechner once said that, ‘The life I touch for good or ill will touch another, and then in turn another until who knows where the ripple stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.’

“Your distinguished presence, dedicated leadership, and charitable contributions that you have bestowed to the First Tee program has in turn touched the lives of many across the nation, including the seven you see standing before you today.

“I can speak for all of the scholars here by saying that the First Tee program has given and is continuing to provide opportunities far beyond what any of us could ever have fathomed and for me personally, has been the most inspirational and meaningful aspect of both my educational and career path.

“Your presence here at Georgetown College is truly an honor. On behalf of the First Tee scholars at Georgetown, we wish to present you with a gift.

“We were unsure as to what to give the former President of the United States who probably has just about everything; however, we decided to give you a set of head covers so whenever you play golf you can remember us and how grateful we are to you.

“Personally, and on behalf of the First Tee Scholars at Georgetown College, I wish to extend you my deepest, most sincere, thank you.”

College is going great for Delano native Locklear

Though it was a big decision for Locklear to move so far away from Delano, she admits she has met wonderful people and has had wonderful experiences.

“So far college is going great! I absolutely love being in Kentucky,” she said. “I am currently a junior and majoring in international business and business management with a Japanese emphasis, but I really don’t know exactly what I am going to do with that yet.”


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