Croswell receives McClaney scholarship

Published 7:00 pm Thursday, June 4, 2020

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The McClaney, Goshea and Robinson families have announced DeKayia Croswell, Daisy Jennifer Lopez-Romero,  Erik Darrell Whitlow, Jr. and Jakylene Johnson as the recipients of the 2020 Rashad McClaney Memorial Scholarships.

McClaney was a graduate of Charles Henderson High School and a member of IBEW International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 443 in Montgomery

He was a deacon at Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Troy.

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Rashad McClaney died on November 3, 2018, at the age of 25.

The memorial scholarship was founded to keep McClaney’s memory and spirit alive by providing assistance to students who embrace the mantra, “Win the Day Every Day.”

The scholarship is offer to students who will attend a technical program or community college with preference given to those who study electrical technology.

DeKayia is a 2020 graduate of Goshen High School in Pike County. She plans to attend Wallace College and pursue a career in physical therapy. While at Goshen High, her honors included the advanced diploma and being a member of the National Honor and National Technical Honor Societies. Her sports affiliations include basketball and volleyball. Her community service hours included work with the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center and volunteering at school sponsored sports events and such. DeKayia is the daughter of LaSonja Croswell and William Debose.

Daisy Lopez -Romero is a 2020 graduate of Bullock County High School in Bullock County. Daisy plans to attend Wallace State Community College in the fall. Romero was an honored student, a cheerleader, and a member of the Future Executive Leaders of Law and Order. Her community service included the Red Cross Blood, Drive, Toys for Tots and voter registration drives. Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies. Daisy is the daughter of Ana Romero and Armando Lopez.

Erik is a 2020 graduate of Notasulga High School in Macon County. He plans to attend Southern Union State Community College in Opelika and pursue a degree in technical auto mechanics and business.  Erik played football at NHS and was a percussionist in the band. His community service hours include the NHS School Beatification Project and community clean up for the elderly.  Erik is the son of Erik Darrell, Whitlow, Sr. and Paulinnia Harkless-Whitlow.

Jakylene is a 2020 graduate of Notasulga High School in Macon County. She plans to attend Lawson State Community College in Birmingham and pursue a career in criminal justice/forensic science. While at Notasulga High, Jakylene was named 2019-2020 Miss Notasulga High School. She has participated in basketball, cheerleading, and track. Her community service hours include work with the Age of Elegance. Jakylene is the daughter of Kimberly Johnson and Sylvester Nettles.