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SCS Foundation unveils four $5,000 scholarships in honor of influential educators


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga City Schools (SCS) Foundation has announced the creation of two new four-year scholarships, each valued at $5,000, generously funded by Mr. John Crysel and his wife, Anna Lee Crysel.

Mr. Crysel, a 1972 graduate of Sylacauga High School, attributes his 41-year successful career in health management to the foundation laid by his high school education.

The scholarships, named in honor of four influential educators — Janice and John Carter from Sylacauga High School and Mary and Donald Duck from B. B. Comer Memorial High School — represent a second round of offerings by the Crysel family. The first two scholarships honored SHS educators Mrs. Fay Simpkins and Mrs. Suzanne Smith.

The Janice and John Carter SHS Honors Scholarship will be awarded to seniors interested in education in May 2024 and 2025, paying homage to the Carters’ dedicated service from 1967 to 1995.

Similarly, the Mary and Donald Duck B. B. Comer Honors Scholarship, dedicated to seniors pursuing education, will be awarded in the same years, honoring the Ducks’ contributions to Talladega County Schools from 1967 to 1998.

Reflecting on his own experiences, Mr. Crysel emphasized the crucial role educators play in shaping individuals, stating, “Our life experiences make us who we are and lay the groundwork of what we can become. While parents and families are responsible for providing most of these experiences, another key factor is the impact of educators. We owe all four of these individuals a debt of gratitude for their life’s work.”

The SCS Foundation, established in 1988 by Dr. Joseph B. Morton, continues its commitment to supporting educational excellence.

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