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Students focus of Spring Fling

By By ROBERT BLANKENSHIP – Managing Editor
Local students were given an opportunity to have some fun and learn valuable information as the Escambia County Chapter of the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) presented its Spring Fling 2003 on Friday at the Brewton Sportsman Park from noon until 5 p.m.
According to ADC chairperson Diannah Rowser, Spring Fling offers students a unique opportunity during the spring break.
Rowser said. "Many children do not get the opportunity to travel during their week off, but appreciate having such an event right here at home."
Over 200 youth were in attendance with approximately 50 juniors and seniors from T.R. Miller High School, W.S. Neal High School and Flomaton High School attending a scholarship workshop. Scholarship information from companies like Coca Cola, Tylenol, Baptist Foundation of Alabama, The Gates Millennium and many others were available at the scholarship workshop hosted by Rowser, who is also the dean of students and vice president at Reid State Technical College.
ADC sponsored a $1,600 scholarship supported by the Escambia County Democratic Executive Committee. Sheriff Grover Smith and Lillie Dove, member of the Brewton Board of Education, gave motivational speeches to the juniors and seniors.
One of the goals of Spring Fling is to offer educational advice and help students learn to improve themselves and their futures.
But, the day was about more than education, it was also about food, fun and a variety of activities. Felton Hardy grilled hot dogs and chips. Cookies and drinks were provided. The youth in attendance participated in sack races, basketball and moon walks.
The Brewton Fire Department and Rescue Squad set up exhibits for the students while Rita Folmar headed a voter registration booth.
Music was provided by Joe Watson from Underground DJ Record Shop. Pearl Stallworth gave door prizes provided by local merchants and restaurants.
Rowser said she hoped the Spring Fling would continue for years to come.