Khushi Patel & Tanner Jones earn G.S. Lions scholarships
Khushi Patel and Tanner Jones, the club’s 2020 Hugh Branyon Scholarship Award winners, were special guests when the Gulf Shores Lions Club met for the first time in four months on July 15. Both graduated from Gulf Shores High School in May with 3.9 GPA’s.
Willing volunteers at school and in the community, the recipients were touted as leaders by their teachers through their participated in the Lions’ sponsored Leo Club and many other clubs at school.
Khushi was president of the National Honor Society and also a Student Government and Peer Helpers office holder at GSHS. Also on the bowling team. Khushi has volunteered extensively in the community for most of her life.
“Not only has being apart of clubs at Gulf Shores High School help me realize how much helping others means to me, they have taught me about leadership, commitment, organization, and have helped build my character as a whole,’’ Khushi said.
She plans to major in biomedical sciences at Auburn and become an ER physician.
“Through my internship at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, I have fallen in love with helping others from a medical standpoint as well, and hope to continue doing that as my future career,’’ she said.
A certified CPR instructor, Khushi was treasurer and vice president of Leo Club for two years. She was also philanthropy chair for International Club.
“Khushi helps me not only with International Club, but also with Peer Helpers. She is an asset to this invaluable organization, always volunteering to jump in and help a fellow classmate or student in need,’’ said Amanda Talantis, a teacher and advisor at GSHS.
A captain on the Dolphin football team, Tanner was also a state final qualifier in track, and was in the National Honor Society and Jesus Club at school.
He plans to attend Coastal Alabama Community College and then Troy to study nursing and social studies in hopes of being a positive influence on others.
“I am a very modest person who loves to see the positivity in everything to work smoothly,’’ he said. “By having positive and influential energy, everything is powerful enough to create success and wellness in life.’’
“Jacob always seems to lead by example in the classroom and does not conform to others. He is true to who he is, which I believe is very important in today’s society,’’ said Ashley Watley, social studies chair at GSHS. “He has a kind heart and always has a smile on his face.’’
“They both did a great job telling us about their past volunteer work in the community and with the Leo’s, as well as, their future endeavors,’’ said club president Chris Coaker. “They have very bright futures.’’
The Gulf Shores Lions Club wil continue to meet while adhering to current CDC guidelines every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at noon at the Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center. The club’s next fundraiser is its Oct. 9 Golf Tournament at The Peninsula. For more club info, contact Coaker at 251-228-2254 or firstname.lastname@example.org