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26 April 2005

Phi Delta Kappa Scholarship Awards

By Randy Wilson
JSU News Bureau

The Jacksonville State University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa has announced that Astin Leigh Mobley, a senior at Ranburne High School, was awarded a $1,250 grant in a national PDK competition. The grant is renewable for four years, giving her a potential for $5,000.

Miss Mobley recently became the first local student to receive the Phi Delta Kappa National. Her parents are Tracy and Robi Mobley.

“I was very surprised when they announced my name as a winner.” said Mobley “This scholarship will allow me the opportunity to achieve my dream of a college education.” Because she was a finalist in the national event, the local chapter also awarded Miss Mobley a $300 grant along with two other students. All three will be recognized at the PDK awards ceremony April 28 at JSU. All three students are planning to attend JSU this fall.

"She is an outstanding student," said Mr. Fred Lovvorn, principal at Ranburne High School. "She is very level-headed and tenacious about finishing her assignments."

Ms. Mobley is president of the RHS student council, president of the class of 2005, yearbook editor, and school newspaper editor. She is a member of the RHS Physics Club team that placed first in recent competition. The team won first place in school division 1-3A and finished fourth overall statewide. She earned honorable mention with a score in the ninetieth percentile for individual scores.
Ms. Mobley's other activities include serving as captain of the varsity cheerleaders, holding membership in the Future Farmers of America, the Spanish Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Students Against Destructive Decisions. In her community, Ms. Mobley has worked on blood drives, food drives, and the Dr. Seuss Read Across America Program.

The two other students who received $300 scholarships are Emily Frazer and Margaret Kulovitz.
Emily Frazer is a senior at Fort Payne High School. She is the daughter of Chuck and Beth Frazer of Fort Payne. Ms. Frazer is editor of her high school yearbook and is involved in peer tutoring, a competitive math team, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honorary.  She has volunteered her time and talent to Carpenters for Christ and a mission trip
Ms. Kulovitz, a senior at Talladega High School, is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (mathematics honor society), and Future Farmers of America. She has worked on her school annual and has served as an office assistant and a lab assistant. She has provided numerous community services, including “read-alouds” for nursing home residents, reading to elementary school students, and raising money for breast cancer, and the American Red Cross. She has been a varsity cheerleader for four years. Ms. Kulovitz is the daughter of Dr. Michael Kulovitz and Patti Kulovitz.

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