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Macon wins Ducks on the Tuck again!

May 29 2019
Macon County wins Ducks on the Tuck again!
Animated graphic shows three ducks, each representing a different county in SCC's service area, racing in a river. After the fourth and final week, the blue duck representing Jackson County edged out Macon County's red duck and Swain County's maroon one.
With less than a week remaining, Jackson County has opened up an early lead.

This year's race was May 17

For so many local students and their families, the annual "Ducks on the Tuck" race has provided a fun, interactive way to raise money for the New Century Scholars program.

All proceeds from the virtual race fundraiser go toward the New Century Scholars program, to help students in Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties attain their education.

For the second straight year, Macon County edged out its two neighboring counties by raising the most money. Dr. Chris Baldwin, Macon County's superintendent, will be awarded the "Ducks on the Tuck Trophy."

Dozens of prizes were up for grabs this year, including a flat-screen television donated by Custom Sound and Security of Franklin.

This was the third year the race was held virtually. Jackson County narrowly edged out Macon in 2017, the first year of the virtual race.

“Ducks on the Tuck is fun, but students benefiting from all the fun is the best part of it all,” said Dr. Don Tomas, president of SCC. “This program has been supporting students for more than two decades, and this fundraiser is essential to the future of New Century Scholars. We’re hoping the people of Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties will continue to support these students and their families.”

Established in 1995 by Dr. Charles McConnell, former Jackson County superintendent, and then-SCC president Dr. Barry Russell, New Century Scholars provides last-dollar tuition assistance and extra support such as dedicated advising to deserving area students.

New Century Scholars has served more than 2,200 students over the years. At present, 286 students participate in grades 7-12, and 167 attend SCC as adult students.

Funding is provided through private donations, fundraisers and NCS endowments.
Tickets can be purchased from New Century Scholars, their program coordinators or the SCC Foundation.

For more info or to support New Century Scholars, contact Kathy Posey at 828.339.4227 or k_posey[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu.

(Click here to see a list of all 2018 winners)