Turning a ‘screw up’ into college


Josh Butts received his official plaque bestowing a 2 + 2 scholarship at last week’s meeting of the Gulf County School Board. Josh is pictured with his parents, Karen and Chris, and a representative from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 09:33 AM.

His writing skills earned Port St. Joe seventh-grader Josh Butts four years of college.

Turned out his proof reading skills didn’t hurt.

Butts was awarded a 2+2 Florida scholarship last week, entitling him to four years college tuition courtesy of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

And given the circumstances that paved the way to recognition in front of the Gulf County School Board, it was a celebration that might not have happened.

Butts was one of two seventh-graders in Ruby Kox’s English class who undertook writing an essay concerning a Florida governor who had swayed the state in significant ways.

The essays for the contest sponsored by Florida Prepaid College Foundation were due last October. Knox knew at least two of her students would have an interest and the talent – Butts and Chance Pittman.

When winners were announced in January, Pittman learned he had won the 2+2 scholarship, which entitles a student to two years at a Florida junior college followed by two years at a Florida university.

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