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Seven District Student Athletes Receive Al Lucas Memorial Scholarships
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Seven District Student Athletes Receive Al Lucas Memorial Scholarships

Seven District student athletes each received a $1,000 Al Lucas Memorial Scholarship on Wednesday, April 24, at a ceremony at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

The winners are Kyri Orr, Central High School; Morris E. Reese; Howard High School; Allen Moss and Kianna McElroy, Northeast High School; C.J. Kleckley Jr., Rutland High School; Jaimeson Taylor, Southwest High School; and Brian Whitaker, Westside High School.

The scholarships are awarded by David and Elaine Lucas to honor the memory of their son, Al Lucas. Al passed away on April 10, 2005, from a spinal cord injury he suffered during a Los Angeles Avengers arena football game. He was a native of Macon, graduating from Northeast High School in 1996. He later graduated from Troy State University on a full athletic scholarship, where in 2000 he was awarded the distinguished Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in Division 1‐AA. Al played in the National Football League, signing as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers and later playing for the Carolina Panthers. Later he joined the Arena Football League, playing for the Tampa Bay Storm, and finally the Los Angeles Avengers.

According to information received from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Inc., Al Lucas exemplified the characteristics of a student athlete. He loved athletics but knew his studies came first. He served his community and the Lord. He expected the best of himself and others. He excelled on the football field, and in life. Recipients of the Al Lucas Memorial Scholarship reflect Al’s ideals and carry on his legacy of excellence.

The scholarships are awarded to student athletes graduating from any Bibb County public high school with athletic programs. The recipient must demonstrate a caring attitude, be of high moral character, and show characteristics of positive leadership and citizenship as well as having been accepted to an accredited two- or four‐year college or university and must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Additionally, the recipients are selected based on financial need, athletic accomplishments, academic success, personal character, extracurricular involvement, and the potential to succeed.

For more information on the Al Lucas Memorial Scholarship, contact the Community Foundation of Central Georgia Inc. at (478) 750‐9338.

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