Miracle Murphy is our LHS Recipient for 2019. She is smart, articulate, compassionate and well rounded young woman. She was a Sr Sergeant of the Drill Team, mentor to incoming freshman, VP of a Club and became a Team Leader at 17 for Chick-Fil-A. She is planning on a double major of Nursing and Criminal Psychology. Those two fields both involve helping others when in pain, whether it’s physically or mentally. She has a personal reason, a survivor of a traumatic event, that has compelled her to help others because that is when she feels strongest. In the future Miracle would like to open a mental health care clinic, in a poverty stricken area, to bring awareness to mental health issues and help those in need.
Miracle is going to concentrate on her studies her first year at SFASU and will continue working part time at Chick-Fil-A where she is now in a Manager type position. She still loves to dance and hopes to join the dance team after getting her first year of college under her belt. As I said in the beginning…she is a smart girl. I look forward to seeing where she goes in life.
Glen from LHS Alumni Association called me over a month ago. He had narrowed down our choice of recipients by the qualifications we had given him…he always does a great job. He told me “I know I have always given you girls to choose from but this year I have several great guys I want to tell you about.” I told him we didn’t care if they were male or female…we just wanted to help deserving youngsters. He said “I don’t know if you know this family or not but they go to our church…Jeff and Tracy Portwood and their son is John. He is active in the young group, he plays on the golf team, he was thinking about Pharmacy as his possible degree, he has a very good GPA and more good qualities.” I let him tell me all about John and when he finished I laughed…in a good way…and said, “We know the Portwoods very well, they are our friends, and Yes, John is a great young man.” I told him how much the Portwoods helped us after Lauren passed away and that the whole family were kind, helpful, generous people.
Glen went on the tell me about several girls and another young man. He said he was really impressed with him when he interviewed him. Yes, all students applying for Alumni Association scholarships are personally interviewed along with other criteria they have to meet. But on to the next young man. He told me how he was on the robotics team, the swim team, he was already a CNA but wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner, he worked at the Boys and Girls Club and more good qualities. He then told me his name was Thomas Powell.
After Glen told me about all the possible candidates, Bryan and I talked about them and chose the two young men. Scholarship Awards night was on May 12, 2015 and we got to visit with them and have our picture taken. We were talking with Thomas and asked who his parents were. He told us Gary and Suzy and Bryan and I just looked at each other and started laughing…they were our “old neighbors” from Brookhollow. We had not recognized Thomas, because he was 12 when we saw him last and we knew him as “TJ” not Thomas. Lauren had even babysat him, his twin and their little sister.
Wow…how fitting to have two quality young men…that Lauren personally knew…from families that are our friends and were “there for us” after Lauren passed away. We are so happy to award these young men the Lauren Alston Memorial Scholarship for Lufkin High School for 2015.
Bryan, Thomas Powell, John Portwood & Suzanne