"Alabama Scholarships for Service, Not Just Grades"

17 SMITH SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED FOR 2007

Ahrian Davis Tyler, Director of the J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarship Foundation,

(The largest endowment ever made for the public schools according to State Superintendent

Joseph Morton) announces the following finalists for the scholarship :

The Bibb Allen Commitment and Character Award goes to John Paul Montgomery of Pell City,

Alabama and Brandon Phillips of Geraldine, Alabama. Applications were received from all but

four counties in Alabama. The following fifteen J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarships are

awarded to:

Amanda Altizer of Valley Head Alabama, Ider High School

Christina Y. Bryant, Elba Alabama, Elba High School

Erica N. Bryant, Frisco City, Alabama, Excel High School

Kyle Clemons of Waterloo, Alabama, Central High School

C. Brent Culver of Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High School

Amber S. Dennis of Irondale, Alabama, Spain Park High School

C. Sean Eggert of Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High School

Stephen A. Fordham of Ranburne, Alabama, Ranburne High School

Tabitha N. Glass of Leeds, Alabama, St. Clair County High School

Starla F.Guy of Florence, Alabama, Central High School

Tabitha D. Hiers of Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High School

Amber N. Jones of Northport, Alabama, Tuscaloosa County High School

Scott J. Marzette of Birmingham, Alabama, Huffman High School

Monique D. McEachern of Ashville, Alabama, Ashville High School

Paige R. Perry of Adamsville, Alabama, Jefferson County Baccalaureate School

INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION ON EACH SMITH SCHOLAR:

AMANDA ALTIZER — Valley Head Alabama, Ider High School, 256-635-6239

Amanda has 367 hours of community service (canned food drives, Toys-for-Tots,

Operation Christmas Child, etc.) as well as volunteering at both a nursing home

and the Ponderosa Bible Camp. She is an excellent student who also makes time

to be a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Family Career

and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Mu Alpha Theta (the math honor

society) and the Beta Club. Amanda is self-directing and has overcome financial

and emotional challenges. We are proud to announce that Amanda Altizer is a

2007 Smith Scholar.

CHRISTINA Y. BRYANT, Elba, Alabama, Elba High School, 334-897-3212

Christina has 101 community service hours (American Red Cross, Folsom House

Restoration, Elba Head Start Volunteer, etc.) as well as being a Salvation Army

Bell Ringer and making spaghetti for the Tsunami Relief Dinner & A Movie. She

was also a Key Club Jr. Representative (serving as Secretary in 2005 and

President in 2006), an EHS Ambassador Reporter, and a four-year Student

Council Representative. As Christina says, “It’s not always how much you do for

someone, it’s the impact that it makes on that person’s life that counts the most.”

We are proud to announce that Christina Bryant is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

ERICA N. BRYANT, Frisco City, Alabama, Excel High School, 251-267-3459

Erica has been a leader in the school band for 3 years, both as Color Guard

Captain in the marching band, and as a French horn player in the concert band.

Although her family has undergone many struggles and hardships, Erica has

never let it effect her grades. Erica is a member of National Honor Society,

Senior Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of

America, and Family Careers and Community Leaders of America. As her

English teacher Sarah Randall James said of her, “She has been a joy to teach as

well as to know.” We are proud to announce that Erica Bryant is a 2007 Smith

Scholar.

KYLE E. CLEMONS, Waterloo, Alabama, Central High School, 256-764-1985.

Kyle has overcome family, financial and emotional challenges to become a 2007

Smith Scholar. His counselor, Barbara Hayes-Crittendin, says, “Kyle has been

extremely active in school clubs and school sports. He has also been very active

in church and community… He is such a remarkable young man.” He is not only

on the Yearbook Staff, but a member of the Key Club, Central Spirit Club, and

C.H.S. Peers For Life. He has an overall G.P.A. of 3.35 and is currently in fifteenth

place in his senior class of over 100. We are proud to announce that Kyle

Clemons is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

We are proud to announce that Kyle Clemons is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

CHARLES BRENT CULVER, Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High School,

251-937-3900

Brent’s proudest achievement to date has been becoming an Eagle Scout, or, in

his words, “a life-changing experience.” His faculty advisor in Key Club says,

“He also committed to serve as a lieutenant governor for the Great Alabama

District of Key Club International in December 2006. He … has come very close to

catching up the work in his division which includes eight Key Clubs in the Mobile

Area… I have watched Brent go from simply a member who completed many

service projects, to the president extraordinaire.” We are proud to announce that

Brent Culver is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

AMBER DENNIS, Irondale, Alabama, Spain Park High School, 205-586-8717

Amber is known to be an inspiration to others. Vickie Dennis and Marnie Utz,

librarians at Spain Park High School, speak glowingly of her. “Academically, we

have been able to observe Amber in many different learning situations… Amber

has a 3.5 GPA and has been on the A/B Honor Roll consistently since the ninth

grade… Additionally, she maintains a part-time job while keeping on top of her

studies and has basically been taking care of herself financially, physically, and

emotionally for years. Amber refuses to allow her circumstances to dictate her

present or her future.” We are proud to announce that Amber Dennis is a 2007

Smith Scholar.

CHRISTOPHER SEAN EGGERT, Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High

School, 251-937-1704

Sean is Vice President of Key Club, where his community services include

Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser, Make-A-Wish Concert, Trick-or-Treat for

UNICEF, and many more. National Honor Society Advisor Judy Bridges says,

“As smart as Sean is, he could have chosen to take all regular classes and make

all A’s; however, he chose harder, more rigorous classes in science and math in

order to prepare himself for an engineering curriculum in college.” We are proud

to announce that Sean Eggert is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

STEPHEN FORDHAM, Ranburne, AL, Ranburne High School, 256-748-8040

National Beta Club has three ideals: character, service and leadership. As a

member, Stephen exemplifies all three, especially in his work with HEARTS

(Helping Every Area Resident To Succeed). According to Science Department

Head, Jason Cole, “Stephen can also be found daily after school helping tutor

students in science, math, and almost any other subject.” And according to his

English teacher and Beta Club sponsor, Dionne Barnwell, “I have seen him give

money to help others, tutor those who were struggling with assignments, and

listen to those who just need a friend.” We are proud to announce that Stephen

Fordham is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

TABITHA GLASS, Leeds, AL, St. Clair County High School, 205-863-9464

Tabitha has faced financial, physical and emotional challenges in her life and

overcome all obstacles to become a Smith Scholar. Her Vice Principal, Dean

Isdell, says that, “Tabitha is very deserving of this scholarship as she is an

outstanding student with high grades, outstanding character, and numerous

other accomplishments to her credit… In spite of obstacles, Tabitha continues to

excel at school, she works a part-time job after school, and has a near perfect

attendance record. Tabitha’s work ethic and dedication to her studies will make

her an outstanding college student.” We are proud to announce that Tabitha

Glass is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

STARLA F. GUY, Florence, AL, Central High School, 256-766-4171

Starla has faced financial, physical and emotional challenges and overcome them

to become a Smith Scholar. Her counselor, Barbara H. Crittenden, says, “She is a

very sweet, polite, humble, quiet, respectful and bright young lady. She has a

3.79 GPA and is ranked 4th in her class of 101. Starla’s excellent character and

academic accomplishments are remarkable…” We are proud to announce that

Starla Guy is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

TABITHA HIERS, Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High School, 251-937-

5062

Tabitha has the distinction of being BCHS’s only majorette, and an active

member of Key Club, Spanish Club, and National Honor Society. Her English

teacher, Sheila K. Howard, says, “Tabitha continues to set the standard for hard

work and excellent grades in my class.” National Honor Society Advisor Judy

Bridges adds, “Tabitha has a 3.78 unweighted GPA and is ranked 14 out of a

class of 220… Just recently Tabitha was chosen by our school faculty as the

December Student of the Month.” We are proud to announce that Tabitha Hiers is

a 2007 Smith Scholar.

AMBER JONES, Northport, Alabama, Tuscaloosa County High School, 205-339-

3980

Amber has faced financial, physical and emotional challenges and overcome

them all to become a Smith Scholar. According to her Key Club advisor, Sandra

S. Lary, “ Amber is President of Key Club, and a member of the National Honor

Society, National Beta Club, First Priority, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Atlas

Environmental Club, and Philosophy Club… As involved in extracurricular

activities as she is, Amber is still able to maintain a 4.0 GPA and a ranking of 12th

in her graduating class – a true reflection of her strong work ethic and the

emphasis she places on academics.” We are proud to announce that Amber

Jones is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

JERRY SCOTT MARZETTE, Birmingham, AL, Huffman High School, 205-815-9408

Scott has faced financial, physical and emotional challenges and overcome them

all to become a Smith Scholar. According to his English teacher and Viking

Mentor Advisor, Mrs. LaQuita Smith, “Scott displays great character and is

continuously seeking ways to help anyone who is in need of his assistance. The

one thing that stands out most about Scott is his willingness to volunteer

anywhere and anytime,” as is evidenced in his over 180 hours of community

service. We are proud to announce that Scott Marzette is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

MONTINIQUE McEACHERN, Ashville, Alabama, Ashville High School, 205-405-

1402

Montinique’s Beta Club sponsor, Ashleigh Lee, has nothing but praise for her. “I

am so very proud of this young lady,” she said. “Her obstacles are so varied and

numerous, yet she continues to hold her head high and be a leader that her peers

can admire and that her younger siblings can learn from… She wants to use her

deep love and appreciation for physics to make a difference in our society

through research and invention.” We are proud to announce that Montinique

McEachern is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

PAIGE R. PERRY, Adamsville, Alabama, Jefferson County Baccalaureate, 205-

674-0200

Paige has faced financial, physical and emotional challenges and overcome them

all to become a Smith Scholar. According to her College Advisor, “Paige Perry is

an exceptional young woman who is insightful, mature and well-spoken…She is

among the most responsible students in our school…Paige is very interested in

becoming a physician…She has a good understanding of a physician’s

responsibilities and the discipline required to achieve her goals. ” We are proud

to announce that Paige Perry is a 2007 Smith Scholar.

The Bibb Allen Commitment and Character Award Winners:

JOHN PAUL MONTGOMERY, Pell City, Alabama, Pell City High School, 205-338-

6709

John Paul Montgomery will receive the Bibb Allen Commitment and Character

Scholarship Award from the J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarship Foundation.

In August of 2003, John Paul Montgomery’s life changed drastically and

irrevocably. A football accident rendered him a quadriplegic. Three years later,

he is graduating in the top 10% of his class, he has spent over 150 hours in

volunteer work, and he has won out over 385 other applicants to receive a

prestigious scholarship and the first in either his mother’s or father’s

families to attend college. As he wrote in his essay applying for the scholarship,

“Once upon a time, I was in a tragic accident. Three years later, this tragedy has

become my testimony, and I will continue to persevere through life’s trials…until

this testimony becomes a stepping stone for not only my accomplishments, but

others’ as well.” John Paul plans to attend UAB and study for a career in medical

research specializing in pediatric spinal cord injuries.

BRANDON PHILLIPS, Geraldine, Alabama,Geraldine High School,256-659-2039

Brandon Phillips would attend football practice at 6 a.m., go to work at a local

sawmill for 8 hours and then return for evening football workout. Brandon did

this to help support his family. However, he also spent an overwhelming amount

of time outside school with community activities. He helped with summer and

winter baseball camp, he filled over 1,600 boxes with Christmas presents and

delivered them to the children of Bayou LaBatre, Alabama. He also helped with

his church Vacation Bible School, Harvest Festival, and Children’s Christmas

Party. He helped the elderly with their yard care and visited with nursing home

patients. He made great grades and his classmates voted him Most Popular and

Best All Around. And, as all of this went on, he faced financial, physical and

emotional challenges within his family, and kept his problems to himself, letting

no one on the outside know how hard he had to struggle to maintain the happy

façade. It is still his story, and his alone, to tell.

Brandon’s life is now healing and he is making plans for a bright future in

Electrical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. The J. Craig

and Page T. Smith Scholarship Foundation has selected Brandon to receive the

Bibb Allen Commitment and Character Award for his devotion to his family and

service to his community. Brandon’s dream of obtaining an education is now a

reality. He will receive a scholarship that assists with tuition, room, board and

books for up to four years. He will also receive personal guidance from a

Foundation Mentor that will help him make the transition to his new life at school.

This transition will not be easy, but Brandon has committed himself to take every

advantage of this opportunity and promises to devote the next four years to his

education, so that he can succeed in obtaining not just a degree, but a degree

with honors, and not just a job, but a profession.

The Smith Scholarships are targeted to students who are the First In Family to go to college and

who are committed to service for their family and community. These young people must have a

C average or above, and an indication they can succeed in college.

The J. Craig and Page T. Smith Foundation was created by Mignon C. Smith to honor her mother

and father. J. Craig Smith “was a man of the highest integrity, of keen intellect, and tremendous

business acumen. He could bring order out of chaos and restore harmony where there had been

friction. He was unfailingly fair in his judgments, always giving the other fellow the benefit of

the doubt. He was a leader without peer, but always modest and unassuming.” J. Craig Smith

personally funded, without anyone’s knowledge, many young people who would never have

gotten to go to college if he had not helped. Mignon C. Smith is continuing this tradition.

The Awards Ceremony will be at Homewood Library on May 8, 2007 from 4-6 p.m.

For 2008/2009 students who wish to apply, they can go to www//:jcraigsmithfoundation.org.

For more information call June Cunniff at (205)879-2299.

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