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The Alabama Press Association released the winners of the 2015 Better Newspaper Contest last week in Montgomery, and the Franklin Free Press was richly awarded for its coverage of news and sports in Franklin County. The Free Press placed in six different categories, with each of the newspaper’s three staff writers winning awards in this year’s contest. “The hard work and dedica
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5/21/2015 4:28:14 PM
“Make your momma proud.” Having lived by this motto, Tharptown High School valedictorian Mikayla Murphree has worked hard to make her momma proud. “I want to make my mom happy,” said Murphree.  “She has high expectations for me, and I want to meet them and make her smile.” Murphree’s parents are Joel and Nancy Murphree, and she has a sister named C...read more
5/21/2015 4:20:18 PM
Being both a mother and student can be a difficult task to accomplish.  However, Phil Campbell High School Valedictorian Taylor Pace was not only both of these, but also became the top student of her class. “I did not want to be one of those teen moms that dropped out of school,” said Pace. Pace has a two-year-old daughter named Lacey Benford.  Pace shared that she would ha...read more
5/21/2015 4:13:23 PM
Unlike her valedictorian counterparts in the area, Courtney Mitchell from Colbert Heights High School will not be beginning college in the fall, but rather basic training for the National Guard Reserve.  However, she plans to attend the University of North Alabama after training and major in Political Science.  She also wants to attend Cumberland Law School after UNA. “I want to ...read more
5/21/2015 4:08:54 PM
Even though she is from a small school, Brooke Williams feels that Belgreen High School has offered her a solid foundation for future success. “BHS has offered me more opportunities because it is so small,” said Williams.  “I get to know everyone and have a good relationship with a lot of people.” While at BHS, Williams has played basketball and volleyball.  She...read more
5/21/2015 3:48:27 PM
Since she was young, Casey Brandenburg knew she wanted to become a physical therapist.  Because of her hard work and determination at Russellville High School, Brandenburg will attend the University of Alabama this fall while pursuing her dream career. “When I was 11 or 12, my grandpa had both his knees replaced,” said Brandenburg.  “I went with him to his physical th...read more
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