The Garner Optimist Club presented a total of $10,000 in scholarships to local Garner area students. The scholarships are named “Abe Wade Scholarships”, after a charter member, and first President of the Optimist Club in 1966. One additional scholarship was given this year, thanks to the family and friends of Bob Riker, a member who passed away last year. Mrs. Helen Riker, Bob’s wife, asked that the money that had been raised, go to an additional scholarship. Scholarship winners this year were Cassidy Jo Sanders, Kaitlyn Thompson, Allison Dombrowski, Kelsey Jones, Alyssa Ward, Anna Bennett, Jeff Yokley, Ryan Brittain, Logan Pearce and Geneva Collins.