Four HHS seniors awarded Buck Creek Festival scholarships

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–In its 15 years of existence, the Buck Creek Festival has proudly given back more than $250,000 to the community and heading into the 16th year, the Buck Creek Festival committee once again gave back to four Helena High School seniors.

As the festival has grown, more funds have been available to distribute and since the opening of Helena High School in 2014, the committee has presented several scholarships to exemplary HHS seniors.

For the third year in a row, the Buck Creek Festival committee was able to present $500 scholarships to four HHS seniors at the May 8, Helena City Council meeting.

Seniors Cana Brown, Maggie Blanton, Brandon Beers and Madison Roussell were each presented with a $500 check to use for their college education and recognized by Buck Creek Festival Committee members and Helena City Council members.

Buck Creek Festival Committee member Cris Nelson said they received many worthy applications for the scholarship and it was “so hard to narrow it down.”

“Out of the proceeds from the festival every year, and I believe three years ago, the committee decided that we wanted to give back to the community in other ways,” Nelson said. “One of those ways was to try to reward some of the outstanding seniors in the city as they get ready to go to college with a small token to help them with the insurmountable cost of college. We have some phenomenal seniors getting ready to graduate and go to college and it was so hard to narrow it down.”

To be considered for the Buck Creek Scholarship, applicants had to be a graduating senior, resident of Helena, submit an application, two letters of recommendation and a one-page essay describing what the scholarship would mean to them.

Nelson read some of the high school accomplishments of each scholarship recipient and presented them with a check.

Brown plans to attend the University of South Alabama, Blanton will attend Auburn University, Beers will attend Auburn University and Roussell plans to attend either Auburn University or Troy University.