WELL DESERVED HONORS
The five high school students chosen as this year's APT Young Heroes traveled to Montgomery last week to receive special recognition at an awards dinner held at the Capital City Club. 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 each received a $5,000 scholarship check to the school of their choice, a laptop computer and other prizes as well.
APT's Phil Hutcheson and Mike McKenzie took turns reading the inspirational biographies of the Young Heroes during the awards ceremony Wednesday night, while APT's Executive Director, Wayne Reid, presented the Young Heroes with their awards. APT's Beverly Phillips presented the Marissa Feigelson Community Service Award, which included an extra $1000 scholarship, to Emily Cassity.
"These young people are such an inspiration," says Reid. "They have overcome so many hardships in their lives and yet they are some of the top students at their schools, they are volunteering in their communities, some are helping to support their families."
The dinner was the first of several special activities for the students and their families last week. On the following morning, the students visited the Alabama State House where they were introduced to members of the Alabama House and Senate and stopped by APT's State House studio where Capitol Journal is produced. After lunch, they continued on to the Alabama Department of Archives and History for a tour of the amazing collection there.
(Capitol Journal host Todd Stacey meets with the Young Heroes in APT's Statehouse Studio)
Learn more about the 2023 APT Young Heroes