Rocky student wins $5,000 scholarship

Rock Island High School track athlete Alexandra Axup, second from left in front, recently was awarded the $5,000 2017 Don Wright Memorial Scholarship. Pictured at the girls' track banquet are, from left: in front, father Andy Axup, Alexandra, sister Antonetta Axup and mother Arlene Axup; in back, Coach Tammy Vesey and board members Jack Slater, Lawrence Davis, Jeff Edwards and Kent Thomas. The scholarship was named and created in honor of Donald Wright, a 1968 Rock Island graduate who served in the Vietnam War before succumbing to cancer from Agent Orange exposure. The $5,000 scholarship is given annually to a senior track athlete.