SYLACAUGA, Ala. – RadioAlabama and SylacaugaNews.com have completed presentation of annual cash scholarship awards to 2019 graduates of four area high schools.

The scholarships were established to recognize academic achievement as well as reward integrity, leadership, initiative, entrepreneurial spirit, communication skills, and community involvement. Since the program began in 2013, almost $18,000 has been made available to area graduates, assisting the students and their families with the costs of continuing education.

Sylacauga High School’s recipient was Landon H. Owen. The outgoing Student Council president, Owen ranked third of 177 in his class with a weighted 4.32 GPA. Also a member of the Leadership Sylacauga Class of 2019, he plans to attend the University of Mobile to pursue worship leadership and theology.

Glendon Epperson was the winner from B.B. Comer Memorial High School. He plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham, majoring in kinesiology. Earning a 3.9 GPA, he ranked sixth of 79 in his graduating class.

At Childersburg High School, the winner was La’Terrika Datcher. Graduating with a 4.0 GPA in the top five-percent of her class, she plans to attend Jacksonville State University and major in nursing.

The Fayetteville High School scholarship was awarded to Presley Shaw. She has been attending Central Alabama Community College under dual enrollment, with a 4.0 GPA, and is pursuing a career in occupational therapy.

“We continue to invest heavily in infrastructure and staff to improve the services we provide, yet being able to directly help graduating high school seniors is one of the most gratifying things we are able to do,” said Lee Perryman, President & CEO of RadioAlabama. “We received more applications than ever this year — all quite impressive.”

Based in Sylacauga, RadioAlabama is a unique multimedia entertainment and digital marketing solutions company focused on east central Alabama. Its assets include six radio brands across eight signals -– 98.3 Fox FM (also in HD), Yea!106.5 (and 98.3 HD2), KiX 100.3 (and 1290 AM), 105.1 WRFS, KiX 96.3 (and 1050 AM), and AU100 — along with associated high school sports networks, mobile apps, websites, social media channels, and text messaging services plus a hyperlocal online news, sports, and weather service. Its award-winning stations can also be heard on PCs, laptops, and mobile devices including iHeart Radio, Tune-In, and Amazon Alexa-enabled smart speakers.

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