APT Announces 2023 Young Heroes

Five students recognized for overcoming adversity to excel in academics and civic service.


(Monday, April 3, 2023)  -  Alabama Public Television has announced the winners of its 2023 APT Young Heroes scholarships.  Emily Cassity of Citronelle High School, Jacori Gaddis of Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ashton Goodloe of Central High School in Florence, Elyse Mae Dean of Pickens Academy in Carrollton and Joshua Wortham of James Clemens High School in Madison will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to the school of their choice, a laptop computer and other prizes as well. The students will be honored at a dinner at the Capital City Club in Montgomery on Wednesday, April 19 and will visit the Alabama House and Senate for special recognition on Thursday, April 20.

Nominees for APT’s Young Heroes Award must be full-time students in a 9th through 12th grade curriculum, and must have demonstrated academic excellence, active participation in their community and the courage to persevere in the face of adversity. Nominations were accepted from school staff, family members or other members of the students’ communities from September 2022 – February 2023.

One of the five Young Heroes will also be honored with the Marissa Feigelson Community Service Award as part of the dinner and ceremony on April 19. The Marissa Feigelson award was created in honor of one of the first APT Young Heroes who tragically died of cancer. Each year, Mr. Mickey Feigelson selects the winner of the prize which includes an additional $1000 scholarship.

The APT Young Heroes program is made possible by the generous donations of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Medical Properties Trust, Precision Graphics, Inc., Signs Now and YellaWood Pressure Treated Pine.

Learn more at the 2023 APT Young Heroes