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Monday, July 27, 2009

Local students awarded military scholarships

Four Montgomery area students received scholarships from the Scholarships for Military Children Program run through the Defense Commissary Agency. The minimum requirements for the scholarship are a minimum 3.0 grade point average, participation in school and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities and write an essay on “What would you place in a time capsule to help people opening the capsule in the next century understand military life today?” More than 6,000 students applied for the scholarship at commissary locations worldwide.


Jessica Hoover of Montgomery was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. Jessica attends Auburn University and is a resident assistant, a Red Cross volunteer, a member of Silver Wings and Alpha Epsilon Delta and a DECA scholarship recipient.

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Daniel Teal of Wetumpka was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. He plans to attend the University of South Alabama. He was a member of the student government, Beta Club, drama club, school newsletter and played basketball.

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Daniel Broderick of Montgomery was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. He plans to attend Samford University. He served as class president, captained the football and basketball teams, is a Beta Club member, is a Wend’s Heisman school winner and organized a 30-hour famine.

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Laura Broderick of Montgomery was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. She plans to attend Clearwater Christian College. She is a Good News Club helper, church nursery and hospital volunteer, played basketball and served in student government.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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