Academic Achievers include achievements earned in school-sponsored activities that are based on grades and academic performances. Information comes from universities, colleges and local schools. It is published, as space permits, on a first-come, first-served basis. For details, call Cathy Myers at 740-5733 or e-mail to

* Amber Cunningham, a student at Mississippi University for Women, received the Elise Moore English award and an award for being the freshman with the highest grade-point average and outstanding academic achievement. She is a 2004 graduate of Muscle Shoals High School and the daughter of Bill and Karen Cunningham, of Tuscumbia.

* Iziquillo Alvarez, Huntsville, was awarded a Pride of Dixie Band scholarship from the University of North Alabama. A graduate of Butler High School, he was first chair trombone for the Troy State University honor band. He is the son of Joe and May Alvarez.

* Julia Beth Truitt, of Killen, received a Phi Theta Kappa transfer academic scholarship from the University of North Alabama. Truitt, who attended Rogers High School and Northwest-Shoals Community College, plans to major in business. At Rogers, she was in the academic Top 10, Future Business Leaders of America and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She was also a National Beta Club officer and a junior and senior class officer. She is the daughter of Phillip and Alene Truitt.

* Amy Danielle Rogers, of Huntsville, received a leadership scholarship from the University of North Alabama. Rogers, who graduated from Buckhorn High School, also attended Calhoun Community College and the University of Alabama. She was in National Honor Society, Who's Who Among American High School Students and Capstone Honors Program and was on the National Honor Roll. She is the daughter of Diana C. Rogers.

* Timothy Heath Hendricks, of Springville, received a leadership scholarship from the University of North Alabama. He attended Clay-Chalkville High School and Jefferson State Community College. While at Clay-Chalkville, he was on the National Honor Roll and was nominated for Who's Who Among American High School Students. He was also in the National Honor Society and Quill and Scroll and was music editor for the literary magazine. He is the son of Tim and Sonya Hendricks.

* Charles "Derrek" Fikes, Hamilton, received a Phi Theta Kappa transfer academic scholarship from the University of North Alabama. He graduated from Hamilton High School, where he was student council vice president and member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Future Business Leaders of America and scholars bowl team. He was involved in the Second Step mentoring program and belonged to science, Key and Junior Civitan clubs and football and baseball teams. He was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students and belonged to National Honor Society. He was an all-American scholar, all-state academic athlete and member of the academic Top 10. A student at Bevill State Community College, he is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He was named to Who's Who Among Junior College Students and has been on the dean's list for two years. Fikes will be a junior at UNA majoring in secondary education and minoring in physical education. He is the son of Eddie and Billie Fikes.

* Tiffany Brooke Thomas, of Holly Springs, Miss., received a leadership scholarship from the University of North Alabama. A senior at Marshall Academy, she is president of student council and Anchor and science clubs, senior class secretary and annual co-editor. She received the American Legion and the principal's leadership awards and is a Universal Cheerleading Association All-Star. She won the Bausch and Lomb science award and participated in the Hugh O'Brian leadership conference and Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. She was Miss Marshall Academy and a pilgrimage queen. Throughout high school, Thomas has received various honors in track, softball and basketball. She will be a freshman. She is the daughter of Pam and Hank Thomas.

* Megan Dawn Hensley, Danville, was awarded an academic scholarship to Northwest-Shoals Community College. A senior at Speake High School, she is a member of science club, captain of the volleyball and basketball teams, co-captain of the softball team, and secretary of Beta Club. She will pursue a degree in diagnostic imaging/sonography. She is the daughter of Keith and Lori Hensley.

* Timothy McCord, Florence, a chemistry major at Auburn University, recently received a College of Sciences and Mathematics outstanding sophomore award for outstanding academic achievements. The son of Jon and Janice McCord, he is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

* Lexington High School comprehensive math team and geometry team placed first in the district in division III (1A-3A) schools during the Alabama Statewide Mathematics Contest at the University of North Alabama recently. Individual winners were:

Randy Beavers, first in district, comprehensive; Emily Beavers, third in district, comprehensive; Seth Putman, second in district, geometry; and Salora Wright, third in district, geometry.

* Darlene Hargrove Townsend, a 1984 graduate of Brooks High School, received an academic excellence award from the Department of Elementary Education at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She was also initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She is the mother of Ben and Emily Townsend.

* Laura Beth Mastroianni, of Odenville, and Marshall Brett Trapp, of Florence, received Turris Fidelis awards for outstanding service to the university and scholastic achievement from the University of North Alabama during recent commencement-exercises.

Mastroianni graduated with a bachelor's of arts degree in broadcast journalism with an emphasis in public communication and a minor in Spanish. She was editor of the yearbook, staff writer for the Flor-Ala and secretary of communications for the Student Government Association. She was captain and commander of the LaGrange Society, the official hosts and hostesses for the university, and university woman of the year and received numerous awards. She served two vice presidential roles with Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and was president of Order of Omega Greek honor society, vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies and charter member and national secretary of the Delta Epsilon Iota honor society. She is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. She founded Volunteer Link, which pairs student volunteers with community agencies, and graduated with a 3.953 grade-point average.

Trapp, who graduated with a 3.821 GPA, received a bachelor's of arts degree in English and professional writing with a minor in philosophy and religion. He was a Flor-Ala senior staff writer and yearbook associate editor. He held numerous positions, including president and member of national board of directors of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He founded and was president of Reading-Partner Mentors, which pairs UNA students with elementary school students in weekly reading sessions. He founded and coordinated the ALA-TAU service day and ATO Christmas carnival. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Order of Omega Greek honor societies, Delta English honor society and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society. He was a charter member and vice president of Delta Epsilon Iota honor society. He received numerous scholarships and was university man of the year.

* Charles Korey Dickens, Jenny Elaine Williams and Candace Delynn Glasson were named Keller Key recipients during recent commencement exercises at the University of North Alabama for being the honor graduates with the highest grade-point averages.

Each recipient had a 4.0 out of 4.0 GPA. Dickens, of Moulton, is a political science major who received a bachelor of arts degree. Williams, of Florence, earned a bachelor's of science in music degree in performance-keyboard. Glasson, a social work major, received a bachelor's of social work degree.

* Students at Northwest-Shoals Community College named to the spring-semester president's list for maintaining perfect 4.0 grade-point averages are: Anderson -- Vicki Shelton and Patricia Weigart; Bear Creek -- Amy Hulsey, Joseph Hulsey and Carla Ireland; Cherokee -- Judy McCaig, Christy Stout and Anthony Woodis; Dennis, Miss., Tina Key; Double Springs -- Jason Stewart and Alana Wright;

Florence -- Timothy Bassie, Megan Berry, Shane Berry, Kristen Blasingame, Charlotte Carmack, Jody Covington, Stephanie Crews, David Davis, Benjamin Dressler, Leisa English, Charles Fisher, Jessica Green, Susan Kilgore, Jamie Landrum, Joey Mangrum, Wanda Mason, David Moore, Traci Moore, Melissa Murphy, Jana Myhan, Anna Richey, Selena Ricks, Cindy Scott and Tiffany Vandiver; Hackleburg, Justin Dickieson and Abbey- Fincher;

Haleyville -- Daniel Claytor, Stacie Holt, Tiffany Tittle and Amelia Velasquez; Hamilton -- Brittany Clark, Nicholas Jackson, Andrea McKinney and Lena Puckett; Hodges -- Julie Abbott and Brittney Lawson; Killen -- Casey Bedingfield, Christy Brewer, Kimberly Brown, Robin Herbster and Ryan Phillips; Leighton -- Sandra Bolton, Sonya Gray and Amelia Hatton;

Leoma, Tenn. -- Chris Gabel; Lexington -- Christopher Burbank, Wanda Tate and Bridgett Wilson; Moulton -- Whitney Garrett, Heather Kerby and David Woodruff; Mount Hope -- Brianne Kimbrough; Muscle Shoals -- Stanford Harrison, Dorothy Mayo, Daniel McGouyrk, Placido Nicdao, Cynthia Pace, Kristi Pate, Amy Stults, Sandra Thomas, James Tubbs and Jeremy Turpen;

North Courtland -- Alan Loosier; Phil Campbell -- Valerie Baker, Scotty Brown, Ellen Glasgow, Jayne Graben, Tina King, Jamie Mashburn, Jonathan Rowand, Megan Shelnutt and Mary Trapp; Red Bay -- Robin Pounds; Rogersville -- Jacob Cosby, Mary Cox, Kenneth Fadell, Patricia Fadell and Michael Mason; Russellville -- Ashley Banks, Janice Brown, Gary Cummings, Jonathan Hall, Abby Hargett, Kimberly Hargett, Angela Holloway, Joshua Lewey, Jonathan Smith, Heather Thorne, Kenneth Tompkins and Jasmine Vidal;

Sheffield -- Angela Boddie and Patricia Hovater; Spruce Pine -- Angela Caskey, Eddie Caskey, Tara James and Justin Taylor; Town Creek -- Juan Espitia, Lonnie Henley and Larry Witt; Tuscumbia -- Mary Burchfield, Jared Elom, Ullanda Haley, Britney Howard, Tatum Jefferys, Donna Johnson, Justin Owen, Philip Posey Jr., Mark Pratt and Hannah Williams; Vina -- Rita Parrish; and Waterloo, Robert Kelley and Rebecca Ogletree.

* Students named to the Northwest-Shoals Community College spring-semester dean's list for maintaining a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher but below a 4.00 are: Anderson -- Joseph Howard; Brentwood, Tenn. -- Adriene Roberts; Cherokee -- Brenda Aday, Sade Oates, Constance Reed and Jimmy Thompson Jr.; Collinwood, Tenn. -- Douglas Risner; Cypress Inn, Tenn. -- Dakota Davis and Matthew West; Decatur -- Jonathan Grenon and John Warren; Double Springs -- Shannon Fuller and Andrea Glenn;

Florence -- Samuel Akridge, Haley Alexander, Nikkole Austin, Rebecca Balentine, Michael Barrow, Celisa Boddie, Timothy Borden, Andrew Brooks, Latoya Camper, Jana Carpenter, Bridgett Carter, Anderson Clanton, Galen Craven, Jessica Creasy, Christy English, Amanda Garner, Amy Gautney, Shela Green, Mary Haddock, Joshua Heathcoat, Nathaniel Hudson, Ronald Ingram, Monica Irons, Phoebe Jaynes, Kimberly Johnson, Lolita Kelly, Markheia Koger, Kimberly Larson, Bob Linzey, Constance Long, Douglas Marlin, Jasper McCroskey, Amanda Mewbourn, Stacey Moseley, Jonathan Oakley, Anthony Perkins, Christopher Pigg, Donna Prestage, Casey Rich, Amanda Richardson, Sarah Richardson, Janet Rosebush, Pamela Stricklin, Brenda Stutts, Gloria Swafford, Teresa Tatum, Carter Thompson, Frances Thompson, Jessica Thompson, Sherry Tunnell, Marsha Walker, Jerry Ward, April Whited, Evette Williams, Marilyn Woods and Brittney Wylie;

Haleyville -- Alisa Allen, Christopher Bentley, Debra Boyett, Christy Burleson, Dana Craig, Derek Dodd, Amanda Godsey, Ronnie Gray II, Jeremy Hyde, Alicia Marcum, Christy McAfee, Dianne Mullanaphy, Jamie Poston and Cody Ring; Hamilton -- Larry Bass Jr., Keri Irvin, Rachel Rivas, Alina Scogin and Jessica Williams; Hillsboro -- Sonya Roberts; Hodges -- Holly Barnwell and Lacey Cantrell; Houston -- Teala Frost; Huntsville -- Randy Putman; Iron City, Tenn., -- Monica Phillips; Killen -- Anna Bailey, Cody Bedingfield, Elliott Bulls, Tracey Butler, Sandra Clemmons, Rory Gist, Jeremy Jones, Justin Jordan, Patrick Kershaw, Whitney McCullars, Rebecca Myrick, Grannisei Simmons, Laura Strong, Carolyn Thomas, Kristi Tidwell, Melissa Trotman, Ashley Trousdale and Julia Truitt;

Laurell, Md. -- Vytas Rivers; Leighton -- Bradley Bohannon, Lisa Dolan, Michael Headrick, Savannah Jones, Elizabeth Letsinger and Kristie Naylor; Lexington -- Jerrie Belew, Mary Eubank, Kylie Jones, Laura Jones, Sheryl Smith and Deborah Tiff; Loretto, Tenn. -- Brandon White; Madison -- Jodi Choate; Moulton -- William Becker, Nicholas Behel, Sequoyah Birdsong, Tammi Glover, Brian Hollimon, Daniel Hood, Betsy McCulloch, Whitney McCulloch, Chancey Praytor, Mallory Webb and Blake Welborn;

Mount Hope -- Clide Gillesp; Muscle Shoals -- Melissa Aycock, Phillip Barrett, Christina Bonds, Kelly Box, Jeremie Brackin, Jennifer Bunting, Christopher Chapman, Ana Claunch, Sonya Craig, Jonathan Dupree, Marilyn Eggleston, Bradley Goodloe, Heather Guzay, Candice Hayes, Adam Isbell, Jamey Isbell, Delmar Jackson, Casie Jeffreys, Ruby Latz, Belinda McCluskey, Randy McCluskey, Amy Pace, Melissa Pounders, Teresa Reeves, Ketri Sanders, Laura Sandy, Erica Sartin, Bradley Stout, Melanie Weakley and Jennifer Young;

North Courtland -- Stewart Claborn; Phil Campbell -- Daniel Burcham, Tammy Harp, Scott King, Felicia Nix, Mary Raper, Sara Rogers, Blake Swinney, Johnathon Tompkins, Brent Wells, Justin Wimberley and Katie Woodard; Red Bay -- Jana Collum, Maggie Cross, Kayla Frame, Erica Humphres, Kristine Humphres and Timothy Malone; Rogersville -- Jessica Davis, Rebecca Lard, Deanna Perry and Emily Walton; Russellville -- Lindsey Andrews, Karla Borden, Amy Campbell, Travis Causey, Joshua Clanton, Joshua Gann, Haley Godsey, Emma Suzanne Grissom, Kimberly Hamilton, Katherine Herron, Jacob Hester, Brently Jackson, Thomas Jordan, Carrie Lane, Will Lindsey, Allison Logan, Jeremy Martin, William McAlister, Chelsea McCollum, Malinda Miller, Chad Oliver, George Patterson, Janie Plylar, Joshua Poe, David Sekora, Nathan Strickland, Craig Swinney, Heather Thomas, Rachel Washington, Chris Watkins, Victor Watts and Belinda Woodruff;

Savannah, Tenn. -- Carla Benson; Sheffield -- Brandon Armstead, Morlena Fletcher, Brittany Fountain, Charles Hays, Taria Johnson, Andrew Pickens, Vicki Potts, Katina Roberts and Rachel Stanford; Spruce Pine -- Kevin McCarley and Tammy Willis; Town Creek -- Vivian Allen, Lachelle Borden, Maranda Byars, Sharon Clark-Govia, Jessica Coan, Amanda Cowan, Nile Jeffreys, Chiquita McCoy, Mayra Perales, Nikki Pilkilton, Brittney Randolph, Justin Sibley and Jesse Smith;

Tuscumbia -- Casey Bacon, Bethany Boyd, Margit Brackin, Cory Copeland, Monica Corsbie, Beverly Curtis, Taylor Dixon, Robyn Holt, Gerald Hovater II, Megan Hovater, Vanessa Hughes, Rebecca James, Huston Kennedy, Barbara Mitchell, Jason Newsom, Caleb Pendergrass, Misty Roberts, James Simmons Jr., Sarah Smith, William Steen, Christopher Underwood and Jeremiah Williams; Union Grove -- Pauleen Lansaw; Vina -- Elisha Cochran and Matthew Wooten; Waterloo -- Alan Covington, Ethlyn Hisey, Jack Jones and Dana Smith.

* Local students named to spring-semester honors lists at Jacksonville State University are:

President's list, 4.0 grade-point average and all A's -- Cynthia Mae Pace, Tuscumbia; Kerri Paige Howard, Florence; Pellum J. Dumas, Courtland; and Asheley E. Oliver, Moulton.

Dean's list, 3.50-3.99 GPA and all A's and B's -- Oscar Dwight Bonds, Russellville; Joseph Andrew Chamness and Emily Carol Little, Moulton; and Jennifer Ann Brackin, Town Creek.

* Local students receiving degrees from Jacksonville State University during recent commencement exercises were:

Undergraduate -- Oscar Dwight Bonds, Russellville; Pellum Jamar Dumas, Moulton; and Felitta Lynn Colburn, Hamilton.

Graduate -- Dedre M. Slater Ramzy and Jessica Walthall, Muscle Shoals.

* Robert Eric Crews, a rising senior at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., received the Truman Capote Scholarship in fiction. A graduate of the former Coffee High School in Florence, he is the son of Robert J. Crews, Florence, and June Thomas Myrick, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

* Niki Doyle, a junior at Auburn University, was awarded the Decatur Daily Barrett C. Shelton Scholarship for Journalism Excellence. She was named to the spring dean's list with a 4.0 grade-point average in journalism with minors in business and political science. She is the incoming associate copy editor for The Auburn Plainsman and an Auburn University Alumni Scholar, member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Theta Chi and the Auburn Tennis Club. A 2003 graduate of Lauderdale County High School, she is the daughter of Mike and Belynda Doyle, of Rogersville.

* Jay Sandlin, of Florence, received fine arts and leadership scholarships from the University of North Alabama. A senior at Florence High School, he received the Alabama Thespian Scholarship Award and placed first in the male acting competition at the state Thespian Festival. He also received superior ratings for male acting at the International Thespian Festival and received the best actor award at Bradshaw High School. He is the son of Jimmy and Tammy Sandlin.

* Channing Ward, of Russell-ville, received a full-tuition and housing scholarship from the University of North Alabama. A graduate of Russellville High School, she plans to major in education. She was a member of National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Athletes of Good News and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She was Mu Alpha Theta and Future Business Leaders of America projects chairwoman, student booster club treasurer and Fellowship of Christian Athletes captain. She was annual senior editor, varsity cheerleader co-head, student council representative and Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership ambassador. She received an academic excellence award and Lions Young Leaders in Service Gold Award and was nominated for Who's Who Among American High School Students. She is the daughter of David and Tracy Ward.

* Jared Choat, of Douglasville, Ga., was awarded a Pride of Dixie Band scholarship from the University of North Alabama. Choat, a graduate of R.S. Alexander High School in Douglasville, was a member of the marching band since the ninth grade. He was voted most talented senior, won band-rookie and percussionist of the year, was voted most outstanding percussion and won band captain, leadership and band service awards. He was in the Douglas County honor band, was lead percussionist for the Douglas County honor chorus and was auxiliary percussionist for the Alexander High School chorus and spring musical. Choat is the son of Steve and Gaye Choat.

* Amy Gresham, Killen, received a leadership scholarship from the University of North Alabama. A senior at Lexington High School, she is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Junior Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta and drama club, appearing in several productions. She participated in Peers for Life, Future Career Consumers of America, Students in Action for Education and 90s PlusClub. She was member and section leader of the band, member of Modern Music Masters and performed with Shoals Area Wind Ensemble and University of Alabama and UNA honor bands. She is on the National Honor Roll and in National Honor Society. She was named to Who's Who, nominated for the U.S. Achievement Academy national math award and selected to Youth Leadership Shoals. She will major in math education. She is the daughter of Gene and Cherie Gresham.

* Brittany Elizabeth James, of Spruce Pine, received a leadership scholarship from the University of North Alabama. A graduate of Russellville High School, she was a member of National Honor Society and color guard. She was Miss Russ-ellville High School and who's who most talented. She received the U.S. Achievement Academy national science merit award and Russellville Board of Education meritorious award for outstanding performance and placed first and won best talent in the Northwest Alabama Junior Miss scholarship program. She received superior ratings at the district and state levels at Walter S. Trumbauer Theatre and Speech Festival. She is the daughter of Melanie Oaks and Charles and Phyllis James.

* Kelly Nicole Little, Russellville, received a leadership scholarship from the University of North Alabama. A graduate of Russellville High School, she is Health Occupation Students of America vice president and student booster club cheerleader chairwoman. She was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, chemistry club, student council, Key Club, Future Teachers of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She was a member of newspaper and annual staffs, varsity cheerleading squad and chorus. She participated in Franklin County Junior Leadership and SportsQuest All-American. She was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students and is a Universal Cheerleaders Association all-star cheerleader. She was in Miss RHS pageant and homecoming court. Little received academic excellence and 100 hour community service awards. She is on the National Honor Roll and belongs to the National Honor Society. She will major in nursing. She is the daughter of Jerry and Pat Little.

* Natassia Bell, of Dora, received the Presidential Mentors Academy scholarship from the University of North Alabama. A graduate of Dora High School, she plans to major in nursing and minor in education. She was a Junior Ambassador of Walker County, Dora High School all-tournament team player and science club president. She was member of Spanish Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, First Priority, National Senior Beta Club and Youth Leadership Chamber of Commerce. She was nominated for National Society of High School Scholars and Who's Who Among American High School Students. She received the U.S. Achievement Academy National English and Spanish merit awards and Upward Bound highest participation award and was most improved ninth-grade student. She is the daughter of Dessie and Garcine Bell.

* Lori Beth Franks, of Waynesboro, Tenn., received an academic scholarship from the University of North Alabama. A graduate of Wayne County High School, she plans to major in biology. She was a member of Beta Club and Health Occupations of America and secretary and treasurer of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She achieved the highest grade-point average in biology, English II and physical science and was awarded most outstanding student in English I and Spanish II and the Daughters of the American Revolution Award. She ranked No. 2 in her senior class. She is the daughter of Samuel and Martha Franks.

* Lisa Nicole Rawlings, of Selmer, Tenn., received the Kelly Houser Bigbee scholarship from the University of North Alabama. A McNairy Central High School graduate, she is a junior at UNA and majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Randy and Carol- Rawlings.


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