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Fort Dale alumnae named as UA Capstone Hero

Annually, the University of Alabama awards students it feels embodies its statement of values.

The award is called the Capstone Hero award, taking its name from the Capstone Creed, UA’s statement of values.

A former Fort Dale student, Frances Watts, was recognized at the March 5 ceremony, making her one of 2010’s Capstone Heroes.

“This has been a humbling experience,” Watts said.

Watts took time to thank Greenville for the role it has played in her life.

“The love and congratulations I have received from the Greenville community has been amazing not only now, but throughout my college experience,” Watts said. “I know I was extremely blessed to be raised in a town like Greenville.”

Watts was nominated for being a strong leader in her sorority, Kappa Delta. As sorority president, she has worked to address the binge drinking culture often associated with Greek life.

The creed is a promise made by Alabama students to act with “fairness, honesty and respect” and to “foster individual and civic responsibility.”

Watts thanked her parents, Joe and Laura Watts, for her upbringing, which taught her the morals that helped get her the award.

“This award is based on integrity,” Watts said. “First and foremost, my parents deserve a huge thank you for not only giving me a 10:30 curfew, but consistently being positive role models.”