Two student athletes in Blount County received prestigious awards at the 34th Annual Bryant-Jordan Scholarship banquet last week.
The Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete program was formed to recognize Alabama high school seniors who have achieved a level of excellence in academics and athletics. There were 104 regional winners with 14 class winners and three state winners announced.
Tara Randolph of Cleveland High School won the Achievement Award for Region 6 Class 2A. She was also recognized as one of the co-winners of the state for the Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Student Achievement Athlete of the Year Award.
Randolph, who plays volleyball and runs track, shines off and on the court. At the banquet, she thanked her coaches, principal, counselor, and her friends. “I want to especially thank my brother, who made me believe that I could accomplish anything if I just set my goals and continued to persevere,” Randolph concluded in her acceptance speech.
Ethan Adams, an elite swimmer at Oneonta High School, won the Region 6 Class 4A award. Adams placed second at state in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle this season. With a 4.0 GPA and ACT score of 30, it is evident that he also performs in the classroom. In addition to his scholarship from his award he has also received a four-year, full-tuition, Army ROTC scholarship to Auburn University. He plans to major in mechanical engineering.