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Local student earns foundation scholarship

Air Force Airman Radrecia Hinnant has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Hinnant, the daughter of Sanchell Alderman of Jonesboro, is a 2012 graduate from Jonesboro High School. (Special Photo)

Air Force Airman Radrecia Hinnant has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Hinnant, the daughter of Sanchell Alderman of Jonesboro, is a 2012 graduate from Jonesboro High School. (Special Photo)

MORROW — Karla Arevalo-Alas of Morrow was recently awarded a scholarship from United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative to pursue a career in health care.

Arevalo-Alas is a junior at Georgia State University and is pursuing a degree in exercise science. Her future goals include earning a doctoral degree in physical therapy.

“I intend to become a physical therapist and own my own clinic one day. I believe there is a lack of medical resources for the Hispanic community, especially here in Georgia,” said Arevalo-Alas. “I would like to provide physical therapy and rehabilitation services to families with low income, regardless of their legal status in the country. In my opinion, there is no greater satisfaction than being able to help the people in my community.”

Military notes

Army Pfc. Freddie Douglas Jr. has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, Douglas studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map-reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first-aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Douglas is the son of Trudy Douglas of Ravens Run, Jonesboro, Ga., and grandson of Barber Jackson of Frankford Drive, Brandon. He is a 2007 graduate of Jonesboro High School.