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Jesus costume earns student atheist scholarship

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SPRING HILL, Tenn. -

A student at Summit High School in Spring Hill has earned a scholarship from an atheist group for dressing like Jesus Christ on the school's "fictional character day."

Sophomore Jeff Shott was not disciplined for his action in January but was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, according to a report in The Tennessean.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the foundation, told the paper Shott exhibited "spunk and a light touch with his actions."

"We wanted to encourage him, and we know the cost of higher education.  This is just a small stipend towards that," she said.

Established in 1978, the Freedom from Religion Foundation promotes the separation of state and church.

Last year, a student from Ohio who dressed as Jesus Christ for a similar costume day also received an award.

*The Tennessean contributed to this report.

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