Annually, a scholarship committee awards $500 scholarships to its festival ambassador. Last year, former Northview High School student and current Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student Lauren Reberger served in the capacity.
This year, the ambassadors are Lauren Webster and Brandon Pleake. Both will serve in various capacities throughout the festival, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Forest Park. The carnival is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m.
Both Pleake and Webster are 2011 NHS graduates.
Pleake, the son of Allan and Heather Pleake, is currently enrolled at Butler University, majoring in physics with a minor in chemistry.
While at Northview, Pleake took part in football and wrestling and was a 2010 Hoosier Boys' State delegate. He also competed in Academic Super Bowl and was on the school's J.E.T.S. team.
Webster, the daughter of Thom and Lori Webster, is currently enrolled at Purdue University, majoring in hospitality and tourism management.
While at Northview, Webster was on the basketball squad and also softball for four years.
The award is presented annually to the top two candidates (male and female) selected by the Popcorn Festival of Clay County Scholarship Awards Committee.
Those interested in applying for the scholarship are required to submit a 250-300-word essay to the committee, titled, "How can we pull the community together to help put Clay County on the map?"
According to the committee, all candidates must be Clay County high school seniors with a minimum grade-point average of 2.5.
They must pursue an education at an Indiana accredited college, university or vocational school. However, exceptions may be approved.
Recipients are expected to serve as ambassadors of the Popcorn Festival.