TCBOE honors 14 county scholar athletes

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The Talladega County Board of Education honored 14 students as Scholar Athletes of the Year during the board’s monthly meeting held Monday (May 29th) afternoon in the central office.

A male and female student athlete from B.B. Comer, Childersburg, Fayetteville, Lincoln, Munford, Talladega County Central and Winterboro high schools were recognized.

The students who were chosen include:

James Carter, B.B. Comer – Carter attended B.B. Comer for four years and served as a member of the Student Leadership Team, FOCUS Club and Educational Talent Search. A competitor in football, basketball and track for the Tigers, Carter intends to join the Army after high school and earned approximately $130,000 for his college career.

Kelsey Sims, B.B. Comer – Sims finished third in her class with a 3.8 grade-point average and participated as captain of the Lady Tigers varsity cheerleading squad and varsity softball team. She played an active role within many student organizations, including the Student Leadership Team, Key Club and FOCUS Club. A recent recipient of the 2017 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen of the Year Award, Sims plans to attend Jacksonville State University to pursue a degree in nursing and further her education at University of Alabama at Birmingham in hopes of becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner. She has been offered 10 scholarships valued at more than $140,000.

Andrew Datcher, Childersburg – A Magna Cum Laude graduate, Datcher made his presence felt as a member of the Student Leadership Team, National Beta Club and Future Farmers of America. A former Talladega County Player of the Year in baseball, he held a captain’s role with the team and also played football for the Tigers. Datcher will attend Miles College on a baseball scholarship.

Annie Ozment, Childersburg – As the fifth-ranked student in her class, Ozment maintained a 4.0 GPA while serving as freshman, sophomore and senior class president as well as on the Student Leadership Team, Key Club, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, Chamber Ambassador and as reporter for Sylacauga Today. Ozment, who participated in cheerleading, volleyball and golf, will compete for the title of Miss Alabama in June. If not victorious, she will attend Auburn University to work toward her goal of becoming an orthodontist.

Gregory Keeton, Fayetteville – Keeton finished second in his class with a 4.0 GPA and served in multiple clubs and organizations, including Student Government Association, FOCUS Club, Beta Club, Key Club and FCA. He competed for the Wolves in football, golf and bowling and will attend the University of Alabama.

Shelby Wales, Fayetteville – Wales contributed in sports for the Lady Wolves in softball, cross country and volleyball and achieved a 33 composite score on the ACT. She served as yearbook editor from 2014-2016 and SGA president in 2012-2015 and 2016-2017. The Bryant Jordan Scholar Athlete plans to attend Auburn University and major in chemical engineering.

Andrew Roberts, Lincoln – Roberts finished second in his class and achieved a 33 composite score on the ACT. He competed in baseball, football and soccer for the Golden Bears and participated in Mu Alpha Theta and Senior Beta Club. Roberts received the Presidential Scholarship and plans to attend Alabama and major in chemical engineering.

Savannah Sands, Lincoln – A 2015 MVP in softball for the Lady Golden Bears, Sands made the all-county team in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She also played basketball and volleyball for Lincoln.She finished with a 4.0 GPA while serving as a member of FBLA, Jr. Beta Club, FCA and Mu Alpha Theta. Sands plans to attend Troy University to major in biology.

Elliott Carothers, Munford – A two-sport athlete in football and track, Carothers graduated Magna Cum Laude and finished 12th in his class. He plans to join the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and pursue his dream of becoming an engineer.

Morgan Ashley, Munford – Ashley spent five years as a member of the Lady Lions’ basketball, volleyball and softball teams. She volunteered in her community, assisting younger kids in field days, 5K runs and school clubs. Ashley will attend the University of West Alabama and major in athletic training.

Michael Harmon, TC Central – Harmon was involved in Key Club and FBLA and played football for the Fighting Tigers. A member of the United States Army Reserves, Harmon will go to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, to complete training. After his training, he will attend Jacksonville State University and study computer science.

Kayla Bell, TC Central – Bell participated in band, FBLA, Key Club, FOCUS Club, Youth Leadership Development Team Senior Beta Club and the Student Leadership Team. She played volleyball, basketball and softball for the Lady Fighting Tigers. She will attend Auburn University at Montgomery and study psychology.

Clay Twymon, Winterboro – Twymon graduated Magna Cum Laude and served on the Senior Beta Club, Student Leadership team and FCA. He played football, basketball and track for the Bulldogs, earning first-team all-county in football from 2015-2017, first-team all-region in football from 2014-2017 and second-team all-county in basketball from 2015-2017. Twymon will attend Jacksonville State University and major in exercise science.

Jaelyn Cross, Winterboro – Cross graduated Magna Cum Laude and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She lettered in volleyball and softball, helping guide the latter to its first regional playoff appearance in 23 years. Cross plans to attend Shelton State Community College for basic level studies and intends to transfer to the University of Alabama to earn a degree in accounting.

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