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Twenty-three Spain Park athletes sign scholarships

Spain Park High School held its signing day on Feb. 1 at the school. Twenty-three athletes signed scholarship for universities around the state and country. Watch for the March issue of 280 Living for complete coverage of 2012 Signing Day.

Spain Park High School announced its group of 23 signees on national signing day. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

Signees were:

Paul Angel, Meridian Junior College, baseball
Schyler Arnold, University of North Alabama, soccer
Tommy Bostany, University of Maryland, wrestling
Devon Brown, UAB, football
Justin Carter , Rice, football
Destin Challenger, UAB, football
Steven Crain, Samford University, cross country, track and field
Colton Freeman, University of Alabama, baseball (See our feature on Freeman.)
Hunter Hall, Tennessee Wesleyan College, baseball
Terry Harris, Faulkner Unversity, football
Brandon Hazouri, Samford University, cross country, track and field
Chris Humes, Arkansas State, football
Spencer Jack, West Alabama, soccer
Sean Mardis, Moorehead State University, football
Morgan Natale, University of Montevallo, golf
Robby Prater, University of Alabama, golf
Kameron Ricks, Faulkner University, football
Daniel Schroder, University of Montevallo, golf
Ben Tamburello, Samford University, football
Mikey White, University of Alabama, baseball
Joe Williams, University of Alabama, track & field

These SPHS football players signed scholarships on signing day. Photo by Kathryn Acree.


Chelsea’s Ganus and Mock sign with UAB, Air Force

Football players Jake Ganus and Joey Mock signed  letters of intent at Chelsea High School’s signing day on Feb. 1. Watch for the March issue of 280 Living for complete coverage of 2012 Signing Day.

Jake Ganus and Joey Mock sign their letters of intent at Chelsea High School's signing day.

Chelsea's Jake Ganus will play football for UAB and Joey Mock will play football for the Air Force Academy. Photo by Cari Dean.

Three Briarwood football players, one basketball player sign scholarships

Three football players, Preston Pittman, Kalan Reed and Ben Craft, and basketball player Jason Laatsch from Briarwood Christian School signed athletic scholarships at the highs school on Feb. 1. Watch for the March issue of 280 Living for complete coverage of 2012 Signing Day.

We captured these players’ thoughts on signing day on video:

Jason Laatsch, Basketball, University of West Florida

Kalan Reed, Football, Southern Mississippi

Preston Pittman, Football, Mercer University

Ben Craft, Football, UAB

Woman organizes medical trips to Ecuador: Ministry Spotlight


Volunteer Stephanie Rubens and Ecuador Dr. Beatriz Engalls, who organizes medical mission trips to her home country. Photo by Krysti Shallenberger.

Dr. Beatriz Engalls moved away from Ecuador but hasn’t moved on from it. She knew she was lucky to earn a medical degree and make a life in Birmingham, and she wanted to help the kids her in home country become the catalyst for a better society.

“I felt there was a need to help people over there,” said the Brook Highland resident.

Once a year for the past 20 years, she and two of her brothers, both physicians, organize a trip to Ecuador. Engalls’ team includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pharmacists, mechanic and physical therapists. Volunteers come from UAB and around Birmingham as well as the states, some as far away as Oregon and California. Continue reading

Broken Bow resident writes Bible study for cancer patients


Karen Allen

Author and Broken Bow resident Karen Allen with her Bible study, Confronting Cancer with Faith, and CD, “The Comfort of His Holiness.” Photo by Madoline Markham.

After 25 years of doing cancer research at UAB, Karen Allen found herself as a breast cancer patient in Kirklin Clinic. The experience was certainly not what she expected when she prayed for God to grow her faith, but the eight-year survivor has used her trials to form a ministry to encourage others.

“Each cancer experience is unique, but the theme is still the same because God doesn’t change,” she said. “You are not alone even though you feel so alone. God enters the path with you, and for me that gave me supernatural peace and joy in the midst of crisis.”

In 2010, Allen, a Sylacauga native who has lived in Broken Bow for the past 26 years, published Confronting Cancer with Faith, a Bible study for cancer patients, survivors and co-survivors, as well as anyone who wants to learn how to better minister to someone going through cancer treatments.

“It’s not just my story,” she said. “It’s my story integrated into Biblical parallels and relevant scripture.” Continue reading