Winner of the $1,500 Currahee Scholarship Award
Sophia Kreiman is the granddaughter of Thomas Waggoner, A Co 1/506 101st airborne division Vietnam, 70 71. She grew up with a very close relationship with her family, especially her grandparents. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and was raised in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Sophia is proud to have attended Powers Catholic High School where her mother, aunts and uncles attended. Sophia is entering her senior year at Michigan State University where she plans to receive her bachelor's in environmental biology with a minor in Conservation, Recreation, and Environmental enforcement. She plans to use her degree to help in the effort to combat climate change, preserve the planet, and aid in the survival of all species.
Winner of the $2,000 NAVILLUS Foundation Award
Zöe Drake, 2023 graduate of Clarksville High School, is the daughter of Joshua Drake, who served as part of 1st battalion 506th infantry regiment at Fort Campbell from 2005-2011. Passionate about leadership, volunteerism, and civic engagement, Zöe spent her high school years participating in Key Club, Student Council, Youth in Government, and Model UN, among others. In addition to her many extracurricular pursuits, she maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated third in her class; she received several awards and honors upon graduation, including the Robert Penn Warren award for excellence in English. In the fall of 2023, Zoe will be a student at the University of Memphis, majoring in International Studies with a goal to eventually work for the United Nations.
Winner of the $2,500 John and Marcia Lally Service Award
William Job Butler Beaudoin was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and he has moved eight times during his life as an Army brat. He is the son of COL Greg Beaudoin and Mrs. Allison Beaudoin, who proudly served in 1-506 “Red Currahee”, 4th Brigade Combat Team. William graduated with honors from his homeschool co-op in Springfield, Virginia. During his high school career, he served as a Congressional intern on Capitol Hill with the office of Congressman Jerry Carl. Additionally, he was a College Board math SAT tutor, ran varsity cross country, played tennis on the Fort Belvoir team, and worked as a MWR lifeguard. He enjoys attending his neighborhood Bible study, working out with friends, collecting Legos, and watching Star Wars. He plans to major in biology with the goal of attending medical school following his undergraduate instruction. He aspires to pursue a career as a cardiothoracic surgeon. Eventually, he hopes to serve communities in countries across the world annually through medical missions. He will be attending the University of Alabama as a McCollough Pre-Medical Scholar this fall.