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Dollar General Bowl Honored 25 Local Students At Community Awards Banquet

Mobile, Ala. (Nov. 16, 2017) – The Dollar General Bowl Community Awards Banquet honoring this year’s art contest winners and scholarship recipients was held last night, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at the Mobile Marriott.

The Dollar General Scholarships, presented by Crystal Ghassemi of Dollar General, and Regions Bank Scholarships, presented by Tommy Ankerson of Regions Bank, are awarded annually through the Dollar General Bowl and C Spire 1st & 10 Club Student of the Month Program. Students of the Month and scholarship recipients are selected based on their leadership, integrity, concern for others and community service.

Dollar General Scholarship Winners

Donovan O’Malley ($1,000)         McGill Toolen
Madison Plattenburg ($500)        Baker High School
Emily Tuveson ($500)                     Daphne High School

Regions Bank Scholarship Winners

LeShun Borden ($500)                   Theodore High School
Jacob Hall ($500)                               Saraland High School
James Harris ($500)                         Faith Academy
Ashley Hines ($500)                        Mobile Christian
Brianna Kitt ($500)                           Blount High School
Mattie Naman ($500)                     McGill Toolen
Justin Parker ($500)                        Davidson High School
Ann Grace Singleton ($500)         St. Paul’s Episcopal
Taylor Tillman ($500)                       Foley High School
LaKeylah Williams ($500)               Williamson High School

Team Focus presented the Gus Shopoff Memorial Scholarship and the John Gottfried Memorial Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded annually to Team Focus members based on academic merit, excellence in leadership, and involvement in the Team Focus program.

Gus Shopoff Scholarship

Romerius Caples                              Blount High School

John Gottfried Memorial Scholarship

Jakarl Moorer                                    Mary G. Montgomery High School
Demetrius Reynolds                       University of Mobile

Three additional Team Focus members from different chapters were awarded the John Gottfried Memorial Scholarship as well, but were not in attendance last night: Jamarcus Byrden (Jacksonville, FL), Cameron Smith (Ohio) and Adrian Alvarez (Las Vegas).

The Dollar General Bowl Art Contest invites students from Mobile and Baldwin County schools to enter this annual contest for a chance to earn their school’s art program a cash prize. This year’s theme was “Music in Mobile,” and the contest received over 200 entries. Finalists were selected by judges from the Eastern Shore Art Center and the Mobile Museum of Art.

Since 2007, winning artwork has been chosen for the front cover of the Dollar General Bowl Program and that honor this year goes to Margaret Zheng from St. Paul’s Episcopal School. The Dollar General Bowl has awarded over $25,000 to local schools art programs since the contest’s inception.

6th – 8th Grade:

1st Place                Catherine Chung              Dunbar Magnet School
2nd Place               Steven Pirrone                  Burns Middle School
3rd Place               McKay’la Hadley               Bay Minette Middle School

9th – 10th Grade:

1st Place                Cassie Cook                        Theodore High School
2nd Place               Jeremy Bankston             Theodore High School
3rd Place               Emily Boone                       Theodore High School

11th – 12th Grade:

1st Place                Ana Marie Watson          Theodore High School
2nd Place               Sofia Bettin                         Theodore High School
3rd Place               Margaret Zheng               St. Paul’s Episcopal School

In addition, the art programs for the winning schools received the following: Theodore High School – $1,100, Dunbar Magnet School – $300, Burns Middle School – $200, Bay Minette Middle School – $100, and St. Paul’s Episcopal School – $100.

The 19th annual Dollar General Bowl will kick off at 6 pm on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. Top teams from the Mid-American Conference and Sun Belt Conference will square off at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. For more information about tickets, bowl week events and other Dollar General Bowl news, visit or connect with us on Facebook at and Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @dg_bowl.