Maddox, Hudson bring home 2013 Tip Colley AwardsPublished 10:31pm Monday, May 20, 2013
The 2013 J.O. “Tip” Colley Scholarship nominee list was not the biggest in event history, but members of the selection committee said that it was by far one of the best in the 22 year history of the award.
Jared Maddox, a baseball and football player from Goshen High School, and Olivia Hudson, a volleyball and softball standout at Charles Henderson High School, took home the male and female top honors.
In addition to having their name placed on the Tip Colley Trophy, Maddox and Hudson received $1,500 cash scholarship to the college of their choice, and were presented with additional $1,500 scholarships to Troy University, if they choose to attend.
Hudson, a key contributor on the Lady Trojans run to the softball state tournament, said the award is a great way to go out.
“This is a true honor,” said Hudson. “This competition was just incredible. When they were calling out all the accomplishments of the people, I was just in awe. I knew it was going to be a toss up.”
Maddox said that he was proud to be awarded with the scholarship, but won’t be taking the trophy home to put on the mantle.
It will go in the trophy case at Goshen High, so that students and future Tip Colley applicants to view.
“They want to use this to show that by doing the right thing, and being the right kind of person, you can accomplish anything.”
Fourteen nominees were recognized at the banquet, eight females and six males.
Despite the small number, Exchange Club member, and master of ceremonies, Jerry Miller said that the group was very equal.
“This group is small in number, but one of the best in quality,” said Miller. “Just to be nominated is an honor, and this group is the best of the best.”
Hudson plans to attend Auburn University upon graduation, and Maddox is still deciding between Auburn and Ole Miss.