From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — A local senior has recently been named one of eight Alabama high school students to receive a scholarship from the School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA).
The SSA student scholarships are presented to high school seniors who intend to pursue a degree in education from one of Alabama’s public colleges or universities. Included in the list of 2021 recipients is Kirsten Walls, of Hewitt-Trussville. Walls plans to attend Jacksonville State University.
“One of SSA’s top priorities is to promote high quality public education throughout our state,” said Ryan Hollingsworth, SSA Executive Director. “This has become even more critical as we face a teacher shortage crisis not only in Alabama, but across our nation. It is our hope and belief that these scholarships will aid in the process of rebuilding our workforce by assisting these qualified students and educational leaders in achieving their career goals. These recipients have demonstrated a commitment to quality in our schools, and we are proud to be able to assist them as they pursue their degrees. Together with our partner, Curriculum Associates, we congratulate each scholarship winner.”
Walls and the other seven winners were selected by the superintendents who were chosen for the SSA/Schneider Electric Superintendent of the Year Award, which includes Trussville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill.
The SSA student scholarships are worth $8,000.
This year’s recipients include Walls, Jared Hudson of Baker High School, Caitlyn Rutledge of A.L. Johnson High School, Noah Gooden of Andalusia High School, Benjamin Everett Jr. of Fort Payne High School, Jordan Perrin of Cordova High School, Lauren Sturdivant of Russellville High School and Jaylyn Massanelli of New Century Technology High School.