A former Aiken High School student who won last year’s Wendy’s High School Heisman Award was arrested last week in Horry County, S.C., on charges of disorderly conduct.
Frelicia Tucker, 18, was arrested at 10:24 p.m. Friday by North Myrtle Beach police. An officer on duty at Myrtle Beach’s House of Blues was approached by staffers who said an underage woman appeared to be intoxicated, according to a report from the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety. The teenager admitted to police that she had been drinking alcohol, the report stated. She was released on bail at 2:34 Saturday morning.
“I’m a human; people make mistakes,” Tucker said through tears Tuesday during a telephone call. “I don’t want to let this define me. Frelicia is a fighter.”
Tucker, who plans to attend Rice University on a full scholarship, received a number of honors in the past 12 months. In addition to the Heisman, she was named a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar, delivered a speech last year on education equality to an audience that included Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and was the recipient of The Augusta Chronicle’s Best and Brightest Award in May.
She serves as the president of South Carolina’s Youth NAACP and is also an accomplished athlete who holds four Aiken High records in track and field, along with seven all-region titles in track and tennis.