20th Laura Smither Scholarship awarded

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Friendswood High School graduating senior Alexander Rudd is the 20th recipient of the Laura Smither Scholarship. This annual $3,000 merit based scholarship honors the memory of Laura Kate Smither, who was abducted and murdered in Friendswood, April 3, 1997.

Rudd was born in Indiana with British heritage. His family lived in Singapore for six years before moving to Friendswood. In 7th Grade he wrote and composed a song to raise money for lymphoma charities in the UK to help a friend, Nils, who was battling the disease. The song, “Turning Grey Skies to Blue for Nils,” is on YouTube.

In addition, Rudd has explored sacred choral music with the St. Paul’s Choral Scholars, was passionate about playing soccer, and is an enthusiastic student. In his freshman year at Friendswood High School he found his passion, musical theater, and this year he gave an outstanding performance as the lead actor in FHS’s production of “Les Miserables,” starring as Jean Valjean.

This summer, Alex is performing the male lead in the Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) production of “Once On This Island” at Miller Outdoor Theater, June 7–10.

Rudd has chosen to attend the Musical Theater Conservatory at Webster University in St. Louis, MO.

“We are so proud of all past scholarship recipients and the many accomplishments they have made in their lives, and are thrilled to add Alex to the scholars. The Scholarship Committee has no doubt that Alex will represent the scholarship and the memory of Laura beyond all expectations. The Laura Recovery Center and the Laura Smither Scholarship Committee wish Alex every success during his college years and beyond,” Laura’s parents, Bob and Gay Smither, said.

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