Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Program Announces 2014 Regional Winners

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

*AHSAA Press Release*

The Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Program’s 96 regional winners for 2014 have been announced by Bryant-Jordan Director Shelton Thompson.

A total of 48 seniors, eight each in each of the six AHSAA’s current six classifications, were selected as Scholar-Athlete regional winners and 48 in the Student- Achievement division.

Each student selected was nominated by their respective high schools. A committee of school principals chose the area winners and a committee of school administrators in each region then selected the regional winners. The overall and class winners will be selected by a statewide committee comprised of school administrators and state business leaders.

All 96 will be recognized at the 2014 Bryant-Jordan Banquet April 14 at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel Ballroom. Each regional winner will receive $2,500 scholarship and each class winners an additional $3,000 scholarship. The overall Larry D.Striplin, Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award and the overall Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Achievement Award state winners will receive an additional $3,000 each.

Regional winners are also eligible to receive several other scholarships that will be awarded by 14 Alabama four-year colleges and 14 Alabama community colleges participating in program.

Several special scholarships are also presented annually, including the Dr. Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholarship earmarked for a selected regional winner who plans to enter the medical field, and the Herman “Bubba” Scott Coach’s Scholarship given to a selected regional winner who plans to go into teaching and coaching. The Auburn Football Lettermen and the University of Alabama “A” Club Educational and Charitable Foundation also present scholarships to selected regional winners who plan to attend either Auburn or Alabama, respectively.

In addition, each school that has an individual classification winner will receive a $2,000 cash award. Approximately $1 million in scholarships are awarded annually in the nationally-acclaimed program named for legendary football coaches Paul “Bear” Bryant and Ralph “Shug” Jordan. The program, in its 29th year, began in 1986 as a project of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the AHSAA.

Last year’s overall winners were Carmen Carlos of McGill-Toolen High School (scholar-athlete) and Blake Byrd of Corner High School (student achievement).

2014 Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Achievement Award
Regional Winners:

Class 1A

Region 1: Hailey Maxey, Florala
Region 2: Kayla Shufford, McKenzie
Region 3: Verlanda Hopson, Autaugaville
Region 4: Alex Enns, Holy Spirit Catholic
Region 5: Gregory Leach, Cedar Bluff
Region 6: Elysabeth Morales, Jacksonville Christian
Region 7: Emma Easley, Lynn
Region 8: Kennedy Palmer, Athens Bible

Class 2A

Region 1: John Watkins, Leroy
Region 2: Joe Payne, G.W. Long
Region 3: Christina Cowan, Sweet Water
Region 4: Blake Thrower, Reeltown
Region 5: Miracle Mayo, Lanett
Region 6: Alexandra Stimpson, Sand Rock
Region 7: Haley Freeman, Cold Springs
Region 8: Keenan Sparks, Red Bay

Class 3A

Region 1: Marcus Wilson, Geneva
Region 2: Jacob Johnson, Opp
Region 3: Leah Pennington, Sipsey Valley
Region 4: Drake McDonald, American Christian
Region 5: Ryan Burns, Ashville
Region 6: Ashley McKee, Sylvania
Region 7: Andrew Cofer, Good Hope
Region 8: Rhett Bailey, Elkmont

Class 4A

Region 1: Foster Hinton, UMS-Wright
Region 2: Keyana Turner, Ashford
Region 3: Trevon Brown, Beulah
Region 4: Stephen Ellison, Calera
Region 5: Ethan Wooten, Kate Duncan Smith, DAR
Region 6: Katherine Neisler, Jacksonville
Region 7: Andrew Eakes, Ardmore
Region 8: Perri Gilbert, Haleyville

Class 5A

Region 1: Grant Cooper, Faith Academy
Region 2: Ronnie Reed, Saraland
Region 3: Bryant Horn, Benjamin Russell
Region 4: Kelsey Hunnicutt, Brookwood
Region 5: Haden Ryals, Southside-Gadsden
Region 6: Barrett Crossley, Pinson Valley
Region 7: Anna Wolverton, Pleasant Grove
Region 8: Jordan Gandy, East Limestone

Class 6A

Region 1: Dante Piccini, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Region 2: Derrick Tolbert, Daphne
Region 3: Katorrie Dimarco Bell, Jefferson Davis
Region 4: Maygen Boaz, Chelsea
Region 5: Michaela Smith, Pell City
Region 6: Ryan Childers, Vestavia HIlls
Region 7: Chandler Fullman, Hoover
Region 8: Brandon De’Von Davis, Bob Jones

2014 Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Award
Regional Winners

Class 1A
Region 1: Thomas Stubblefield, St. Luke’s Episcopal
Region 2: Kelsey Hall, Brantley
Region 3: Colby Chambers, Maplesville
Region 4: Colby Wheeler, Winterboro
Region 5: Grant Benefield, Spring Garden
Region 6: Corey Phillis, Donoho
Region 7: Brianna Johnson, Marion County
Region 8: Amy McKelvey, Shoals Christian

Class 2A

Region 1: Blair Hendricks, Zion Chapel
Region 2: Jared Hall, Samson
Region 3: Mallory Jones, Luverne
Region 4: Joseph Flemming, Prattville Christian
Region 5: Leah Strain, Woodland
Region 6: Cody McBryar, North Sand Mountain
Region 7: Hall Hastings, Oakman
Region 8: Katie Pepper, Tanner

Class 3A

Region 1: Jonathan Dismukes, Cottage Hill Christian
Region 2: Jordan Smith, Geneva
Region 3: Wesley Curles, Trinity Presbyterian
Region 4: Nelson Brown, American Christian
Region 5: Samuel Pannell, Susan Moore
Region 6: Colby Adams, Holly Pond
Region 7: Emily Sutton, Hamilton
Region 8: Sydney Malone, Deshler

Class 4A

Region 1: Daniel Henderson, Andalusia
Region 2: Hunter Kennedy, Charles Henderson
Region 3: Laura Prestridge, Handley
Region 4: Bailey Hammock, Corner
Region 5: Lauren Lackey, Randolph
Region 6: Morgan Gaston, Guntersville
Region 7: Ethan Boyd, Oneonta
Region 8: Shelby Huckaba, Central-Florence

Class 5A

Region 1: Anna Braswell, St. Paul’s Episcopal
Region 2: Chace Bryan, Eufaula
Region 3: Rose Lamberth, Benjamin Russell
Region 4: Anna Morgan Couch, Shelby County
Region 5: Miller Williams, Homewood
Region 6: Riley Northway, A.P. Brewer
Region 7: Jacob Runyan, Walker
Region 8: Haley Jared, Hartselle

Class 6A

Region 1: Andrew Parvino, Baker
Region 2: Jack Stansell, Dothan
Region 3: Anna Lazenby, Opelika
Region 4: William Freeman, Spain Park
Region 5: Regan Robertson, Oxford
Region 6: Carrigan Fain, Gardendale
Region 7: Reid Nelson, Hueytown
Region 8: Tanner Crosslin, Florence


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