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March 10, 2014

5 Limestone student-athletes selected as Bryant-Jordan winners

— Limestone County students are well represented among the list of Bryant-Jordan student-athlete winners, announced by the AHSAA this week.

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.

Locally, four student-athletes were selected for the achievement award while one other was a winner in the scholar-athlete division.

Region 7 and 8 winners from Limestone County in the student achievement division are: Kennedy Palmer, Athens Bible; Rhett Bailey, Elkmont; Andrew Eakes, Ardmore; Jordan Gandy, East Limestone. Tanner’s Katie Pepper was selected as the Class 2A Region 8 winner in the scholar-athlete division.

Athens Bible School’s Jacob Hagewood and Ardmore High School’s Lydia Eubanks were selected as scholar-athlete award winners in 2013.

Each student selected was nominated by his or her 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).


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