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Seniors awarded $1.5M
AHS scholarship recipients honored during program

COVINGTON - Alcovy High School's class of 2008 already have been offered more than $1.5 million in scholarships.

As of this week, 39 of about 300 graduating seniors have been offered 63 scholarships from 18 different colleges and universities in seven states, totaling $1,554,820, according to a press release from the school.

The students were honored May 1 at the school's Honors Night program in front of family, friends and educators.

The scholarships represent all types - academic, athletic, military and merit-based offers - and do not include the HOPE scholarship. They also include 28 local scholarships worth $20,000 from 21 different organizations, including the Newton County Homebuilders' Association, the Newton County Voters' League, Covington Fireman's Memorial, Snapping Shoals EMC, the Covington Lions Club and Kiwanis Club of Covington, among others.

This is the first Alcovy High School class to receive more than $1 million in scholarship offers, but last year's class was smaller than this school year with 122 seniors, compared to almost 300 now.

"Last year, AHS totaled approximately $600,000, so we're close to $1,000,000 more than we had last year," said Catherine Crisp, college and financial aid advisor for the school, in an e-mail. "Scholarship totals can keep coming in throughout the end of the school year, so this total (of $1.5 million) might increase."

So far, eight students have been offered three or more scholarships: Kaitlin Anderson, Richard Ash, Elishia Brown, Valedictorian Joseph Guthrie, Phillip Johnston, Nina Loreto, DeTon McElroy-Davidson and Cassandra Slay.

According to the press release, students have accepted $1,163,320 of that amount.

Jeffrey Hexom has the highest scholarship total so far, with more than $220,000 in scholarship offers. In the fall, he plans to enroll at West Point, the United States Military Academy. Justin Walden, Alcovy's STAR student, had the second highest scholarship total with more than $190,000 in offers, including a full scholarship to Emory

University, where he plans to enroll this fall.

"I am so proud of this senior class," school Principal Dave Easterday said. "Their hard work and dedication is a testament to the people who have supported them throughout their lives. Parents, grandparents, teachers, Scout leaders, church people and many others, I am sure, are just as proud."

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.