Six local student were recently awarded the Brandon Bailey Memorial Scholarship.


The scholarship's foundation was established by the Brandon Bailey Basketball Shoot-out on May 25, which will become an annual event. The scholarship is in memory of Brandon Bailey, who was killed in a fireworks accident one year ago at the age of 19. The idea for the shoot-out came from Newcastle ISD Superintendent Gordon Grubbs and Woodson ISD Superintendent Gordon Thomas. 


A total of 63 teams participated at the event, which featured six age divisions for boys and girls. Of those teams, Courtney Bailey, Gayle and Bruce's daughter, won the girls' college division at the tournament.


Teams consisted of players from Olney, Woodson, Throckmorton, Jacksboro, Munday, Stephenville, Breckenridge, Richland Springs and Graham. 


The championship game took place at Newcastle School, where onlookers and players enjoyed a hamburger supper. 


Throughout the month of May, the scholarship fund received donations from several fundraisers. Throckmorton school donated a portion of the proceeds from their football shirts that were sold to the scholarship fund. 


Newcastle teachers, staff and students sold 500 T-shirts at the first of the year in memory of Brandon.


The weekend following the shoot-out, Seed-Tex Grain Elevator, located just outside of Newcastle, held a fundraiser dubbed Seed-Tex Fest. The festival included a shrimp boil, live music, and bracelets and T-shirts were sold with Brandon's name on them. Approximately 200 people attended the event.


Seed-Tex Fest will more than likely become an annual fundraiser, held during harvest, which is usually in June.

Scholarships were awarded to Brandon Peterson of Newcastle, a Texas Tech University student, who received a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year for four years); Charitye Lowe of Newcastle, West Texas A&M, $500; Jerry Shields of Newcastle, Texas Tech University, $500; Gary Farquhar of Throckmorton, Midwestern State University, $500; Kolton Perez of Woodson, $500; and Amalia Springer of Graham, Baylor University, $500.


In addition to donations, Newcastle School honored Brandon and another young man from Newcastle, Chad Moore, with an iron memorial that was placed on the scoreboard at the football field. 


To contribute to the scholarship fund, send a donation to the Brandon Bailey Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Nancey Creel, P.O. Box 203, Newcastle, Texas, 76372.