MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Academy of Honor is limited to 100 living Alabamians and all of the state’s living governors. The eight most recent inductees have made a name for themselves with their accomplishments, but equally important are the contributions they’ve made to the state.
University of Alabama President Dr. Judy Bonner, United States Senator Jeff Sessions, Big Oak Ranch founder John Croyle, Hudson Alpha Institute founder James Hudson and Mountain Brook Parks and Recreation Board member Margaret Porter are all new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor. W. Edgar Weldon, a major force for athletic promotion in the state, was also added to the list.
They join the likes of University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Coach Saban is originally from West Virginia, but since he took the University of Alabama coaching job in 2007 he’s brought home three BCS National Championships, and has raised money for the Nick’s Kids charity and worked to help Tuscaloosa recover from the April 27th, 2011 tornado.
“After eight years of being here we have great friends, great relationships and, you know, the people of Alabama have been very supportive and very helpful, and this certainly feels like home to us now,” said Saban.
Apple CEO Tim Cook grew up in Robertsdale, Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University. Cook says the work ethic and life lessons he learned there are vital parts of who he is today.
Cook also used the event as a venue to announce that five local schools are going to be receiving financial help and hands on instructional support from a team of Apple’s brightest minds. The company pledged to give 100 million dollars to schools in need around the country.
“As a company founded and built on the belief that technology placed in the hands of the many has the power to change the world, we at Apple view it our responsibility to step up and act,” said Cook. “Earlier this year we joined the White House in a bipartisan initiative to enrich K-12 education. As a part of this initiative, Apple will be donating $100 million to schools that need it the most. Today we are announcing the recipients of this gift. There’s 114 schools in more than 29 states around the country were we believe we can make a difference. And I’m happy to tell you that 5 schools are right here in Alabama,” he continued.
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