The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

June 21, 2012

Education Briefs 6/17/12

Resident receives UAB scholarship

Elizabeth Gilliam, the daughter of Martin and Paula Gilliam, is the recipient of a four-year UAB Golden Excellence Scholarship valued up to $28,000. 

Gilliam attended Athens Bible School where she was  a member of the Beta Club and volleyball team. She will major in physical education while at UAB.

Madison resident graduates from Alabama

Savanna Lauderdale graduated May 5 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and American studies. She will enter grad school at the university in the fall.

She is the daughter of Dee and Susan Lauderdale of Madison and the granddaughter of Coy and Joann Rochester and  Don and Sheila Lauderdale of Athens.

Athens student awarded scholarship

Emily Eddy, the daughter of Karen and David Clem, is the 2012 recipient of the Athena League’s Trent-Crutcher Scholarship. The scholarship honors the memory of Beverly Crutcher and Lynne Trent who, through their work and example, stressed the importance of academic achievement, school and community service.

Emily is a recent Athens High School graduate who was active in sports and extracurricular activities including AHS student body president and freshman, sophomore and junior class vice president. She also served as co-president for the Southern Association of Student Councils and helped plan the SASC Conference “Leadership Rocks.” She served on the National Honor Society as vice president, secretary of Pi Beta Sigma and was a member of the Beta Club, Octagon Club, Student Council Association and SADD.

Through the clubs, she devoted many hours to community service activities such as blood drives, Camp Hope, canned food and toiletry drives, Veteran’s Day programs, Christmas angel gifts, Easter activities and parties for special needs students.

She played softball, volleyball and basketball while attending AHS and was part of the 2010 state championship team.

Emily graduated in the top 10 of her class with a 4.0 GPA.

She plans to attend Samford University in the fall where she will major in pharmacology.

Students to represent Limestone County

Lily Mitchell of Tanner High School and Hollie Evans of Clements High School have been chosen to represent their schools at the 2012 session of American Legion Auxiliary Girls State held on the campus of Troy University.

Mitchell and Evans will speak to sponsoring organizations, American Legion Post 49 and the Ladies Auxillary and others about their experiences.

Mitchell is the daughter of Nate and Harriet Mitchell and the granddaughter of Lillian Jackson of Elkmont and the late George Jackson, and Peter and Margaret Mitchell.  Mitchell’s activities and honors include Student Council, National Honor Society, Teen Focus group leader, drum major for THS band, Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Award and Presidential Education Awards Program for Academic Excellence and Achievement.

Evans is the daughter of Donald and Melody Evans and the granddaughter of Doris and Shorty Bates and Annie Ruth and Robert Evans.

Clements student awarded scholarship

Amber Chapman, a graduate of Clements High School, was recently awarded the Turner Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was created in honor of Binford and Elizabeth Turner, life-long residents of the Ripley Community, who believed in the value of education. It is administered by the Limestone Area Community Foundation.

Amber is the daughter of Greg Chapman. At CHS, she was a member of the Senior Beta Club, Spanish Club and Science Club. She was also active in track and cheerleading and received many honors and awards. She has engaged in more than 392 hours of community service.

She plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham and major in biomedical engineering/pre-medicine.