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Most people are familiar with the athletic greatness that has come out of Central High School with the likes of professional athletes such as Jamario and Xavier Moon, Adalius Thomas and Justin Tuck, but there is also a lot of academic greatness that has come out of Central High School.
The Central grads pictured and others also serve as an inspiration to our students; even if you graduate from a small rural high school such as Central, if you have the desire, ability and willingness, you can achieve anything that any other student anywhere else can achieve.
Pictured from the left are Selena McEwen-Wood, Jonathan Hardy, Sam Wood Fuller, and Angela Kendrick Belyeu.
Selena McEwen-Wood, Central class of 2013, earned her juris doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and is currently employed at the Shelby County public defender’s office as an assistant public defender. Selena’s favorite memory at Central was creating the homecoming floats as a member of SGA. Selena said, “They were so fun to put together with everyone, and it was always nice to see everyone else’s during the homecoming parade. It was just a really fun way to spend time with your classmates and everyone do something together that we enjoyed that wasn’t for a grade or had any pressure like that associated with it.”
Jonathan Hardy, Central class of 2013, earned his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of South Alabama and is currently employed as a physical therapist at HealthActions Physical Therapy. Jonathan’s favorite memory at Central was playing baseball.
Sam Wood Fuller, Central class of 2014, earned her doctorate of pharmacy from Auburn University and is currently employed at Coosa Valley Medical Center as a pharmacist. Sam’s favorite memory at Central was playing softball for the Lady Cougars.
Angela Kendrick Belyeu, Central class of 2003, earned her doctorate in nursing practice from Samford University and is currently employed at the VA Medical Center as a nurse practitioner and at Troy University as an adjunct faculty member in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Angela said, “It is so hard to pick just one fond memory from my time at Central. If I had to choose, I would say that I had some of my best times in my Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) class. It was integral in my career decisions and helped shape my future in a beautiful way. Central afforded me such great experiences. Some of my lifelong friendships were made in the halls of CHS. I even met my husband at a Central Coosa basketball game. I am just so proud and blessed to forever be a Central Cougar.”
Other Central grads who hold doctorate degrees who were unable to join us include Unzell Kelley, Shnovia Joy Scott, Danielle Touart, and Mallory Whitley Bullard.
Unzell Kelley, Central class of 1989, earned his juris doctor degree from Birmingham School of Law. Unzell is currently employed with Alabama Power as a senior real estate specialist. Unzell’s favorite memory from his time at Central was graduation night since he was part of the first graduating class from Central High School.
Shnovia Joy Scott, Central class of 2001, earned her doctorate in adult education from Auburn University. Joy is currently employed with Alabama Cooperative Extension System on the campus of Auburn University. Joy’s favorite memory from Central was learning to square dance in Ms. Gamble’s P.E. class.
Danielle Touart, Central class of 2003, earned her juris doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Danielle is currently employed as a supervising attorney at the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. Danielle’s favorite memory from her time at Central was her history classes with Coach Williams and Coach Barnett.
Mallory Bullard Whitley, Central class of 2012, earned her juris doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Mallory is the owner of and practicing attorney at Mallory B. Whitley Law LLC. in Rockford. Mallory said, “My favorite memories at Central all involve the lifelong friends that I made! Cheering for Central was the highlight of my time there. To this day my friends make fun of how much school spirit I still have at Central games! Go Cougars!”
We are proud to have so many Central graduates who have gone on to earn their doctorate degrees, and we know there are more out there. Please contact Debi Stover at 256-401-3281 so we can add you to our database and you can join us next year.