Meet our 2016 USS ALABAMA Crewmates!
USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park is pleased to announce the selection of the 2016-2017 USS ALABAMA Crewmates. These six exceptional young ladies have been selected to serve as ambassadors for Battleship Memorial Park and the state of Alabama for the coming year.
Selected by a panel of judges, the new Crewmates are:
Lauren Brunson, of Satsuma, is a freshman attending Faulkner State Community College and majoring in pharmacy. Lauren is the daughter of Sandra Bond and Fred Brunson.
Heather MacDonald, of Pensacola, is a sophomore attending Bishop State Community College majoring in respiratory therapy. She is the daughter of Karen and Ken MacDonald.
Melannie Stewart, of Grand Bay, is a sophomore attending Spring Hill College majoring in secondary education and English. She is the daughter of Kimberly and Robert Stewart.
Taylor Moss, of Grand Bay, is a junior attending Spring Hill College majoring in elementary education. She is the daughter of Sherry Horton and Charles H. Moss, III.
Abbi Stringfellow, of Grand Bay, is a sophomore attending the University of South Alabama majoring in radiology. She is the daughter of Mollee and Mike Stringfellow.
Meagan Lynch, of Citronelle, is a sophomore attending Spring Hill College majoring in public relations and advertising. She is the daughter of Robin and Kevin Lynch.
Each Crewmate selected this year will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the college of their choice. Near the completion of the Crewmate year, competition for the titles of Miss USS ALABAMA and Miss USS DRUM will occur. The lucky Crewmates named to these titles will earn additional scholarship awards with Miss USS ALABAMA receiving $1,000 and Miss USS DRUM receiving $500.
USS ALABAMA Crewmates
The USS ALABAMA Crewmate Program was founded in 1967 as an ambassador effort for the then newly created USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. The Crewmates volunteer their time at events to promote the Park, which honors all Alabamians who have served in all branches of the military.
The program now in its 48th year, has offered more than 200 young ladies an opportunity to serve in this position, and also to receive scholarship funds to the college or university of their choice. The USS ALABAMA Crewmates have dedicated thousands of community service hours not only to Battleship Memorial Park, but also to Mobile County, Baldwin County, and the State of Alabama.
The contest, held each year, is based on an interview using information supplied by the contestants during the application process. A panel of judges not affiliated with Battleship Memorial Park conducts the interview. The new group of Crewmates is selected at the end of the interview process. The young ladies represent the Park for a one-year term. Each year, $7,500.00 in scholarship money is awarded to the young women selected as the new Crewmates. Young ladies must be between the ages of 19-21, reside in Mobile or Baldwin County, and, if chosen, remain for the duration of their one year term.