Special to the Bulletin

The Bangs Black History Committee has announced Anna Grace Hall and Christy Nicole McDowell, both of Bangs High School, as co-recipients of the Gloria Anderson Memorial Scholarship.

They both will receive $500 to assist in their pursuit of college degrees.

The scholarship is named after the late Gloria Anderson, the first full-time African-American teacher at Bangs ISD.

Hall plants to attend Angelo State University. She was valedictorian in both junior and senior high school. She received the USAA National Merit Award and Commended National Merit Scholarship, was named Lions Club student of the month, won the statewide Bible search essay contest several times, and has won numerous UIL awards in prose, literary criticism and mathematics.

Hall said high school has some marvelous ways of preparing those who participate in its many facets for the future. “For me, the two aspects of my high school career that have probably best prepared me are my band participation and athletic involvement. Athletics has been excellent in helping me see the importance of attitude and mental strength. I have learned that the body is capable of surpassing amazing limits when it is supported by a determined mindset.”

Hall said, “There are several reasons why church is so important to me. One, is that it strengthens my faith. My salvation depends on faithfulness to the Lord, and while the Lord and the world may seek to tear down what is good and right and true, I am able to find peace and rest and righteousness in the church like I can find no where else.”

McDowell plans to attend Abilene Christian University, majoring in premed and minoring in youth ministry. Awards and honors include Who’s Who among high school students, National Society of High School Scholars, Jon Ben Sheppard Leadership Award, recognition as assistant youth leader, and second place district in UIL.

Her church-based activities include youth teacher, assistant youth teacher, and assistant choir director. Community based activities include the Big Brother Volunteer program with New Horizons Child Placing Agency.

McDowell said, “With prayer and determination I hope to excel and be in the top 10 percent of my class. My dream is to be the best I can be and always give back to my community.

The BBHC, which is committed to “Building a Diverse Community Through Hearts and Hands,” funded the scholarship through private and corporate donations.