By Alton Mitchell
There is a popular old saying that says, “it takes a village to raise a town”. On Monday night it certainly seemed that way as the LaFayette City Hall crowded to standing room only as a crowd of nearly fifty people crowded the city council meeting. One of the biggest high lights of that meeting centered around three young LaFayette residents who received a very special honor in the form of being scholarship recipients.
Three local teens from LaFayette took center stage as they were awarded the 2016 AMEA Scholarship Awards. Each of the recipients will receive a $2500 scholarship to a Alabama College of their choice.
This year’s winners represented two LaFayette area high schools including two from LaFayette High School and one from Chambers Academy. The winners are Shandrea Story, Anslee Reese, and Antravious Kirk.
The first winner was Shandrea Story, a senior at LaFayette High School. Ms. Story plans to start her academic career at Auburn University at Montgomery and to eventually obtain a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her immediate goals after school include enlisting in the National Guard.
The second winner was Anslee Reese. She is a senior at Chambers Academy in LaFayette. Ms. Reese will use her scholarship to at Auburn University where she plans to study to become an engineer.
The final winner was Antravious Kirk. Mr. Kirk is a senior at LaFayette High School. After graduation he has plans on studying at Tuskegee University in the area of nursing. He was proud to announce his lifelong goals the members of the City Council stating that he hopes to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.
After the three scholarship recipients were recognized at the council meeting LaFayette Mayor Barry Moody expressed his pleasure in the winners. “These three here have a plan and that’s all that matter. At the age of 17 or 18 most of us are still trying to decide on what to do in life,” The Mayor said before the packed room. The room then followed up in a loud round of applause while honoring the students.