Bethany Smith, a recent graduate of Upson-Lee High School, and resident of Thomaston, was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship last week from the Flint River Daylight Masonic Lodge of Thomaston. Students from 5 area high schools (Spalding, Griffin, Lamar, Pike and UL) competed for this aid. Bethany will be attending the University of Georgia this fall, and will major in Exercise and Sport Science. After graduation her plan is to immediately go to graduate school at North Georgia for a degree in Physical Therapy. Phil Shook and Jack Barnes, the men who reviewed the applications, used a numerical scoring system awarding points for each application question. ”Bethany was the winner by a substantial margin,” Shook said. Barnes added, “this young lady is an outstanding scholar, graduating with a 3.9 grade point ratio. We’re confident she’ll do quite well at Georgia.” Bethany is one of 4 children in her family who will be in college this fall. Bethany remarked, “this money will come in very handy this year, with three of my siblings being in college this year.” Bethany is the daughter of Rev. Joey Smith and Julie Smith.