2017 DIXIE SOFTBALL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Eight Scholarships AwardedUpdated Thursday May 4, 2017 by Doug Garrett.
The official winner and recipient of the Frank L. Baxter Honorary Scholarship is Destiny Lynn Nichols of Ashford, Alabama. She played in the Ashford Dixie Softball League. Destiny is a senior at Ashford High School with a GPA of 107.90 on a 100-point scale and is ranked 11th in her class of 103 seniors. She is a member of National BETA Club, played high school softball, volunteers for the Ashford Dixie Softball League and her church as well as working part-time for the last two years. Destiny is also enrolled part-time at Wallace Community College. She plans to attend college to become a teacher and work during the summer months as a missionary.
The official winner and recipient of the Billy Adkins Memorial Scholarship is Kalyn Danielle of Carthage, Mississippi. She participated in the Carthage Dixie Softball League. Kalyn is a senior at Leake Central High School and currently ranks 3rd in her class of 114 high school senior students maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.8 on a 4-point scale. She is a member of the BETA Club, Science Club, AP Sharps Gifted Club and Future Farmers of America as well as playing softball for her high school team. Kalyn plans to attend East Central Community College and then move on to Mississippi State University to obtain her degree in veterinary medicine. She currently works part-time to help with the family expenses.
The official winner and recipient of the R. T. Adams Memorial Scholarship is McKenzie Beth Kuhlow of Anacoco, Louisiana. She played for the Vernon Parish Dixie Softball league. McKenzie is a senior at Anacoco High School maintaining a cumulative 3.5490 grade point average on a 4.0 scale which ranks 9th in her class of 33. McKenzie is a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Leo Club, 4-H Club and the National Honor Society as well as working during the summer for the Vernon Parish School Board to help with family expenses. She plays varsity softball for the Anacoco Lady Indians. McKenzie plans to attend Northwestern State University to obtain a degree in accounting with the goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant.
The official winner and recipient of the Tim Neely Memorial Scholarship is Kaitlin Mae Crump of McEwen, Tennessee. She participated in the McEwen Dixie League. Kaitlin is a senior at McEwen High School and has maintained a 3.95 grade point average on a 4-point scale ranking her 6th in her class of 82 students. She has volunteered to work in Junior League Basketball, Second Harvest Food Bank, health screenings in local elementary schools and her church. Kaitlin is a member of Future Farmers of America, Leo Club, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, BETA Club, Spanish Club, Pep Club and Future Business Leaders of America as well as playing high school softball, basketball, soccer and running cross country. She plans to attend Cleveland State University to obtain her degree and play college softball.
The official winner and recipient of the Aubrey Tapley Memorial Scholarship is Twyla LaNiece Leach of Bogata, Texas. She participated in the Red River Dixie Softball Association. Twyla is a senior at Rivercrest High School maintaining a 3.946 grade point average on 4-point scale which ranks 3rd in her senior class of 50. She is active in school serving as a Student Council and Class Officer along with being a member of the Fellowship of Christian Students, National Honor Society, Yearbook Staff and FCCLA as well as playing high school basketball and softball. Twyla is also very active in her church and community. She plans to attend Tyler Junior College to obtain her associate degree in nursing and eventually become a registered nurse.
The official winner and recipient of the George D. Matthews Sr. Memorial Scholarship is Adrianne Yolonda-Nicole Conner of Abbeville, Alabama. She played in the Abbeville Parks & Recreation Dixie Softball League. Adrianne is a senior at Abbeville High School and maintains a 3.7 GPA on a 4-point scale which ranks 11th in her class of 58. She plans to attend Oglethorpe University majoring in obstetrical nursing. Adrianne has been involved in the National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Key Club, the Student Government Association, Future Business Leaders of America and Yearbook Staff. She is involved in varsity softball and volleyball. Adrianne volunteers for the Boys & Girls Club, local nursing homes and Abbeville Elementary School. She also works part-time at McDonald’s and for the Abbeville Recreation Department.
The official winner and recipient of the Helen Louise Jordan Memorial Scholarship is Hannah Michelle Beckner of North Dinwiddie, Virginia. She played with the Dinwiddie Dixie Girls Softball League. Hannah is a senior at Dinwiddie County High School with a 3.302 GPA on a 4-point scale ranking her 97th in her class of 316. She is a member of Future Farmers of America, DECA Club, ACT Club and varsity cross country and track as well as volunteering for Special Olympics. She plans to attend college obtaining her degree in the medical field.
The official winner and recipient of the Charles W. “Buddy” Wade Memorial Scholarship is Ashley Michelle Foster of Honey Grove, Texas. She played in the Honey Grove Youth Sports League. Ashley is a senior at Honey Grove High School who ranks 1st in her class of 40 students with a 104.56 grade point average on a 100-point scale. She is a 4-year starter on her varsity softball team as well as a member of her varsity basketball team. Ashlee has been involved in several academic competitions such as persuasive speaking, mathematics, editorial writing, cross examination debate and writing One Act Plays. She is assistant drum major for the band and president of the local BETA Club. Ashlee volunteers for her church and community in a variety of ways. She plans to attend college and major in biomedical engineering.