Some recent high school graduates will be attending Bevill State Community College this fall thanks to scholarships from the Walker College Foundation. The following is the first of three lists of 2020-21 scholarship recipients, along with some academic and athletic highlights from their high school careers.
• Destiny Poff, the daughter of Stacy and Edward Poff of Jasper, has been awarded the WCF William S. Thornton full-tuition scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College Campus. Destiny is a graduate of Carbon Hill High School where she participated in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), National Beta Club, Anchor Club, Key Club, varsity basketball, and was a Chamber of Commerce of Walker County Junior Ambassador. Destiny earned a place in the National Honor Society and on the A and A/B-Honor Rolls. She was recognized for perfect attendance and finished her school career in the top ten in her class. She was a member of Youth Leadership Walker County. Destiny plans to pursue a career in radiologic technology with future plans to transfer to the University of North Alabama after earning an associate degree from Bevill State.
• Emma Hyche, the daughter of Shanon and Christa Hyche of Cordova, has been awarded the WCF Murphy/Walker Family full-tuition scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College Campus. Emma is a graduate of Cordova High School where she participated in the National Beta Club and the National Honor Society. Following graduation, she began attending Wallace State Community College on a softball scholarship and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and the National Honors Society. She has participated in many community service activities including Desperation Kids, the Special Needs Prom for the Cullman Miracle League, Mission 34 Softball Camps, and was a volunteer for the Salvation Army and Hurricane Michael Relief. When Emma decided to pursue a career in nursing, she chose to transfer to Bevill State’s outstanding nursing program. Emma’s future plans include working as a neonatal or pediatric oncology nurse.
• Gabby Sandlin, the daughter of Lynly and Louie Sandlin of Carbon Hill, has been awarded the WCF William S. Thornton full-tuition scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College Campus. Gabby is a graduate of Carbon Hill High School where she participated in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), National Beta Club, Key Club, Anchor Club, Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). She served as the senior class treasurer. She earned a place in the National Honor Society and on the A-Honor Roll, and scored the highest average in Dual History 201. She was also recognized for perfect attendance. Gabby plans to pursue a career in radiation therapy with future plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga after earning an associate degree from Bevill State.
• Halle Sanders, the daughter of Lance and Patty Sanders of Curry, has been awarded the WCF George & Willie Averitt full-tuition scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College Campus. Halle is a graduate of Curry High School where she participated in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Student Government Association (SGA), Peer Leaders, National Beta Club, Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the varsity cheerleading squad, and track and field. She earned a spot in the National Honor Society, on the A-Honor Roll, and was varsity cheerleading captain. She was also selected to participate in Youth Leadership Walker County, Traders and Farmers Youth Leadership, and All-American Cheerleader. She holds a Work Keys Gold Certificate. Halle’s community service includes volunteering at Walker Baptist Medical Center, helping with Special Olympics, and coaching a toy-bowl cheer team. Halle’s favorite quote is by Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” She wants to give back to this community for the investment they are making in her with this scholarship. Halle plans to pursue a career in sports medicine.
• Hannah Homan, the daughter of Jason and Ashley Homan of Maylene, has been awarded the WCF $5,000 Drummond Company Scholarship for Children of Employees to the college of her choice. Hannah is a graduate of Thompson High School where she participated in National Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Color Guard, Leadership 300, Leo Club, Key Club, Peer Helpers, and the Prom Committee. She was recognized with the Marching Southern Sounds Senior Pride Award and was inducted into the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. Hannah enjoys volunteering and she was involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters at Meadow View Elementary School during her high school career. She helped organize an Angel Tree for her church, volunteered with Manna Ministries and the local library, worked in the Children’s Area at City Fest, helped with a summer camp for foster children at Camp Hope, and went Christmas caroling with children from Meadow View Elementary. Hannah plans to pursue a career in Psychology and will attend Troy University. She looks forward to a career helping others.
• Ian Hocutt, the son of Angie and Jerry Hocutt of Jasper, has been awarded the WCF Visual Arts full-tuition scholarship to Bevill State-Walker College Campus. Ian is a graduate of Jasper High School where he was involved in the Gardening Club and participated in Precision Machining and Drafting classes at the Walker County Center of Technology. He earned Perfect Attendance for three years in high school. Ian has been an active competitor in the career technical education arena and won 2nd place in Drafting during Bevill State’s Torch Invitational, 1st place in the Educational Talent Search photo contest, and competed in Skills USA for Architectural Drafting. He is also certified in Autocad Autodesk, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, NIMS Measurement Tools and Safety, and NIMS CNC Lathe. He volunteers with the charity crawfish boil at WH319 in Jasper. Ian plans to pursue a career in drafting and precision machining.