This year’s DRAKESTRONG Scholarship recipient was presented a check in the amount of $1,000 at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 3 at Diamond Bank located at the corner of Weir Road and East Parkway Drive.

This year’s scholarship recipient is Emiliano Torres. Emiliano, also known as “Milli”, is a 2020 Pottsville graduate and a great young man with such a positive personality.

Milli has been enlisted with the Army National Guard since December 2019 and  is a student at Arkansas Tech studying to get a degree in teaching so that he can one day be a coach.

Milli was presented the check by Clint Maness, Amber Maness, Drake Maness and Andrea James who state, “We are all so proud and thankful of Milli’s decision to serve our country and we know that this decision will also help him to be the best coach one day! We are all behind him and we know he will do great!”

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, organizers were not able to have the #DRAKESTRONG 5K this year, the scholarship’s only fundraiser. Organizers advised, “Donors are a huge factor in putting on a race and it being successful. With the community going through a recession and some having to close completely, there was no way in our hearts that we could even begin to ask businesses to give, when making payroll was not even an option for some.” They continued, “We are so thankful and gracious for those that gave last year, and for the runners who participated. Because of their generosity and willingness to give, we were able to give the scholarship again this year.”

The requirements for the scholarship are for the student to be a graduating senior from Pottsville, with a 2.5 GPA or higher, ACT score of 18 or higher, must be a member of the 2019-2020 basketball or football team, and attend a four year college/university or a vocational/trade school. The last requirement is for the applicant to write a 200-word essay stating what DRAKESTRONG means to them or to describe a time in their life where they had to be DRAKESTRONG to overcome something big to them.

After receiving many great essays and after reading each of the applicants’ stories, organizers said the essays submitted “gave them chills and warmed their hearts.” They want to thank each student that applied for the scholarship and stated, “You all did great and if it were up to us, we would choose everyone of you.”

River Valley Now offers congratulations to Milli for being chosen as this years DRAKESTRONG Scholarship recipient.