Walker College Foundation announces scholarship recipients

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Many recent high school graduates will be attending Bevill State Community College this fall thanks to scholarships from the Walker College Foundation. The following is a list of those who received a scholarship, along with some academic and athletic highlights from their high school careers.

Cody Gilbert, the son of Terri and Kenneth Black and Harley Gilbert of Jasper, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's Dr. David J. and Mary Ellen Rowland Family Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus.

Cody is a graduate of Curry High School where he participated in Beta Club, Anchor Club, Student Government Association, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), FCCLA, the Spirit Squad, Yearbook staff, YLDP, and Math Club. He was honored to serve as an International Anchor Leadership Summit delegate, a Hoby Leadership for Service delegate, a Superintendent's Student Leadership Academy delegate, a 2016-17 State Anchor Director, and a 2018-19 State Anchor secretary. He was awarded the Anchor Club Excellence Through Service Award and was selected to join the National Honor Society.

Cody plans to pursue a career in business.

Hannah Walker, the daughter of Rodney and Brandi Walker of Jasper, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's Pinnacle Bank Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus. This scholarship is a partnership between WCF and Pinnacle Bank.

Hannah is a graduate of Curry High School where she participated in Anchor Club, Beta Club, Student Government Association, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and the volleyball team. She was selected to join the National Honor Society, served as a class officer, and earned recognition on the Curry High School Honor Roll. Hannah’s favorite pastime is reading, and she has read over 500 books.

She plans to pursue a career in business.

Allie Sickles, the daughter of Harold and Stacy Sickles of Cordova, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's Education Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus. The Education Scholarship exists because of the Carl T. Hare and Juanita Strickland Hare, Doris and Mildred Myers, Simmons Family, Iva Fern Stinson, William J. Amundson, and Stella and John Whit Long scholarship funds.

Allie is a graduate of Cordova High School where she participated in Beta Club and Anchor Club, served as Variety Cheerleader captain, Senior Class President, and Cordova High School Homecoming Queen. She was selected to join the National Honor Society. Allie’s outside achievements include winning Bevill State’s Talent Search competition multiple times, being honored as the Bevill State Talent Search Outstanding Student of the Year, and winning the Warrior Day Talent Competition. She was an All-American Cheerleader, an American Idol Participant and was asked to sing the Birmingham Baron’s Pre-Game National Anthem, the 2018 ESPN Birmingham Bowl Pre-Game National Anthem, and the 2019 Birmingham Iron Football Pre-Game National Anthem. Allie also volunteers her time to coach middle school and toy bowl cheerleaders.

She plans to pursue a career in elementary education.

Lucia Sanchez Siquina, the daughter of Pedro Sanchez and Maria Siquina of Parrish, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's Pre-Nursing Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus. The Pre-Nursing Scholarship exists because of the June O’Rear Deavours, Charlotte B. Flagg, Marion Sis Grant/WBMC Auxiliary, Mayo and Jeanette Guthrie, Shirley J. Key, Krysta Langley Memorial, and Charles E. Tweedy Jr. scholarship funds.

Lucia is a 2010 graduate of Cordova High School where she participated in Beta Club, Spanish Club, Math Club, Science Club, and was vice-president of the foreign language association. She was a member of the Yearbook Staff and the Peer Mentors group. She participated in Bevill State’s Torch Competition and volunteered for the Red Cross.

Lucia has a passion for helping others and plans to pursue a career in nursing.

Isaac Whitlock, the son of Jonathan and April Whitlock of Jasper, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's Larry Drummond Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus.

Isaac is an honors graduate of Jasper High School and graduated a semester early due to his academic diligence. While in high school, he participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Mu Alpha Theta, and was selected to join the National Honor Society. He was nominated as Student of the Quarter. Isaac is an avid community volunteer. Some of the non-profit organizations he has volunteered with include Backyard Blessings, Celebrate Recovery, Fields of Faith, Samaritan Purse, Operation Thanksgiving, and Mission of Hope.

Isaac currently works part-time for an engineering firm in Jasper and he plans to pursue a career in civil engineering.

Ryan Childers, the son of Chayne and Misty Childers of Jasper, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's Larry Drummond Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus.

Ryan is a graduate of Jasper High School where he participated in Beta Club, Key Club, HOSA, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). He played on the Jasper High School basketball and baseball teams. He was selected to join the National Honor Society and earned a place on the Jasper High School “A” Honor Roll. He was chosen by his classmates as the class favorite of the senior class and Who’s Who-Most Witty. 

Ryan plans to pursue a career as a nurse anesthetist.

Cody Nix, the son of John and Angeline Nix of Jasper, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's Dr. Jack L. Mott Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus.

Cody is a graduate of Cordova High School where he participated in Beta Club, Student Government Association (president), National FFA, and was a member of the Cordova High School football team. He was selected to join the National Honor Society and earned a place on the Cordova High School “A” Honor Roll. Cody was chosen as a WBRC Fox 6 Rising Star and participated in the Walker County Youth Leadership program, the Walker County Junior Ambassador program, the Rotary Youth Leadership Ambassador program, the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Academy and Alabama Boys State. He is also a dedicated volunteer for the Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Campaign.

Cody plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering.

Dillon Roberts, the son of Sammy & Christy Roberts of Jasper, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's William S. Thornton Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus.

Dillon is a graduate of Carbon Hill High School where he participated in Beta Club and FFA and was a member of the Carbon Hill High School football, basketball, golf, and track teams. He was selected to join the National Honor Society and earned a placed on the Carbon Hill High School “A” Honor Roll and the Eagle Elite group. Dillon earned a Summer Honors scholarship, participated in the Bevill State Torch Competition, and earned the highest average in chemistry and biology.

Dillon's future plans include the study of animal sciences and horticulture.

Ciera Miller, the daughter of Jennifer and Mark Horton of Carbon Hill, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's Dr. Jack L. Mott Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus.

Ciera is a graduate of Carbon Hill High School where she participated in Beta Club, Anchor Club, FCCLA, FBLA (President), and Upward Bound. She was selected to join the National Honor Society and earned a place on the Carbon Hill High School “A/B” Honor Roll. Ciera earned a Summer Honors Scholarship to Bevill State and earned second place in BSCC's Torch Business Competition.

Ciera plans to pursue a degree in business accounting and then attend law school.

Caitlin Vines, the daughter of Elizabeth Courington of Parrish, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's Murphy/Walker Family Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus.

Caitlin is a graduate of Oakman Hill High School where she participated in Educational Talent Search and was an ambassador for the Walker County Center of Technology. She earned a place on the Oakman High School “A” Honor Roll and has completed her certifications in Microsoft Word and in Advertising and Design.

Caitlin plans to pursue a degree in accounting.

Maranda Wilson, the daughter of Jennifer and Mark Horton of Carbon Hill, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's William S. Thornton Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus.

Maranda is a graduate of Carbon Hill High School where she participated in Beta Club, HOSA, FCCLA, and Upward Bound. She was selected to join the National Honor Society. She has already earned her Certified Nursing Assistant License, her EKG Technician Certification, and ServSafe Certification.

Maranda plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

Allie Parr, the daughter of Amy and Jonathan Parr of Carbon Hill, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's William S. Thornton Scholarship and the Perry Franklin Newcomb Book Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus.

Allie is a graduate of Carbon Hill High School where she participated in Beta Club, Anchor Club, FCCLA, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Student Government Association, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). She was a member of the varsity basketball and softball teams, the Walker County Junior Ambassador group and the Walker County Youth Leadership group. She was selected to join the National Honor Society and earned a place on the Carbon Hill High School “A” Honor Roll for four years. Allie’s athletic accomplishments include being selected as a Wendy’s Heisman School Winner, a member of the 2016 Softball All-Area Tournament Team, a member of the 2018 Walker County Softball All-Tournament Team, and the Basketball Eagle Elite Second Team. Ciera was the Carbon Hill High School class valedictorian.

She plans to pursue a degree in nursing and sonography.

Karlie Ratliff, the daughter of Scotty and Tiffaney Ratliff of Nauvoo, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's William S. Thornton Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus.

Karlie is a graduate of Carbon Hill High School where she participated in Beta Club, Anchor Club, FCCLA, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). She was a member of the varsity volleyball, softball, and cheer teams. She was selected to join the National Honor Society and earned the highest physical science average. Allie’s athletic accomplishments include earning a spot on the All-County Volleyball Team, All-State Honorable Mention in Volleyball, All-Area Volleyball Team, 2018 Walker County Softball Most Valuable Player, All-Area Softball Team, and the Eagle Elite Softball 2nd Team Utility Player. In academics, she won the BSCC Torch Competition in algebra and government and was awarded a Bevill State Honors Scholarship. She was chosen as the 2019 Miss Hilltop Echoes.

Karlie plans to pursue a career in nursing.

Adison Alexander, the daughter of Brad and CaSondra Alexander of Jasper, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's William & Minnie Thornton Scholarship for $1,400 to the college of her choice.

Adison is a graduate of Carbon Hill High School where she participated in Beta Club, Anchor Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Student Council Class President, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). She was selected to join the National Honor Society, served as a Junior Ambassador, and earned a spot on the Carbon Hill High School “A” Honor Roll. She played on the Varsity Softball Team and was chosen to play on the All-County and All-Area Varsity softball teams and the Daily Mountain Eagle Varsity Softball second team. She is a member of the Liberty Grove Whosoever Will Youth Group.

Adison’s honors and accomplishments include competing in Bevill State’s Torch Competition, earning a Bevill State Summer Honors Scholarship, and earning the University of North Alabama (UNA) Leadership Scholarship and Academic Scholarship. She also reached the ACT benchmark score in science, English, and reading.

Adison will attend UNA in the fall to pursue a career in law.

Chloe Corry, the daughter of Bull and Stephanie Corry of Oakman, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation's Junior Ambassador Scholarship for $500 to Bevill State Community College. This scholarship is a partnership between WCF and the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.

Chloe is a graduate of Oakman High School where she participated in Student Government Association (vice president and most volunteer hours), Beta Club, Anchor Club, Lucky 13 Club (LTC), EHK (president), Science Club (vice president), and yearbook staff. She participated on the Cheer Team, Cross Country Team, and the Archery Team. She earned a President’s Award and was featured on the Oakman High School “A” Honor Roll and “A/B” Honor Roll. Chloe’s athletic accomplishments include being chosen as an All-American Cheerleader, and All-County Cheerleader, a Cross Country State Qualifier, the Cheer Team Co-Captain and Captain, and as a HOBY Girl Candidate.

Chloe plans to pursue a career in nursing.

Will Dutton, the son of Nicole Dutton of Jasper, has been awarded the Walker College Foundation’s Earnest Moss Scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College/Jasper campus.

Will is a graduate of Carbon Hill High School where he participated in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), FFA, the Hilltop Echoes Yearbook Staff and served as an office assistant. Will’s accomplishments include being a member of the Walker County Youth Leadership Class of 2018, the Chamber of Commerce Junior Ambassadors, the Walker County Center of Technology Ambassadors, and earning his place on the Carbon Hill High School A/B Honor Roll. Will was honored with the Walt Williams Memorial Scholarship, the Donna Baxter Justice Memorial Scholarship, and a Bevill State Summer Scholarship.

Will is the fourth person in his family to attend Bevill State/Walker College. His great-grandmother, Nellie Maude Grace Dutton, was in the very first Walker College class in 1938 and her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have also attended this college.

Will continues his family's legacy by pursuing a degree in drafting.