Tip Colley Scholarship nominees: Students compete for scholar-athlete award
Published 2:00 am Saturday, May 16, 2015
Fourteen seniors will be recognized Monday during the annual Tip Colley awards banquet, sponsored by the Troy Exchange Club.
The banquet honors senior Christian scholar athletes from all Pike County high schools who have excelled in their walk of faith, academics, athletics and community service.
“It is a tremendous honor to be nominated and all nominees are recognized at the banquet and awarded a certificate for their accomplishments,” said Jerry Miller, with the Exchange Club.
Male and female runners-up are each awarded a $500 cash scholarship while the male and female winners are each awarded a $1,500 cash scholarship. In addition, the winners are awarded a plaque and their names are added to trophies that reside each year at the winner’s high school.
The banquet also honors the late Dr. J.O. “Tip” Colley who embodied all the qualities celebrated by the award. “He was a beloved physician, successful businessman and civic leader in this community. He was also an outstanding student and athlete in his youth,” Miller said
Each banquet features a speaker who is affiliated with athletics and/or has an inspiring story to tell.
“This year, Neal Brown, Troy University’s newest head coach in football, will be the speaker,” Miller said.
The banquet will take place at the Troy Recreation Center and tickets are $10 each. The public is invited.
The students nominated include:
Cailyn Barron, daughter of Lavonne Barron and Bronda Denision, is a senior at Pike Liberal Arts School. Barron is in the top five in her class, the senior class president, Student Government Association secretary, a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Government Club, Excel Club, Twilighter Service Club and Fellowship of Christian Students. Barron was a cheerleader for six years. She was an AISA All Star and a UCS All American Chaplain. Barron attends Shady Grove Baptist Church where she is a member of the youth group, and participates in Southside Baptist Bush Memorial Food Drive, adult choir and Acteens. Barron has serves the community by helping with Special Olympics, Sav-a-life, the Humane Society, nursing homes and is a blood donor. Barron will be attending Troy University in the fall.
Kayla Benton, daughter of Mike and Kim Benton, is a senior at Pike Liberal Arts School. Benton is third in her class, a science fair winner, a member in Beta Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Excel Club, Fellowship of Christian Students, Twilighter Service Club and Dugout Dolls. Benton also played softball and was the team captain, AISA All Star, MVP, Troy Messenger Player of the Year, two-time, Jonah McWaters Tourney MVP and All Area. Benton serves the community by being a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, Special Olympics, Sav-a-life, the Humane Society, nursing homes and Operation Christmas Child. Benton attends The Vine Church and serves as a Bible School volunteer, a nursery worker, Southside Youth Group and Life Church Camp. Benton will be attending Troy University in the fall.
Reilly Fox, son of Gary and Sheree Fox, is a senior at Charles Henderson High School. Fox is on the A-B honor roll, a member of FBLA, an office aide and has volunteered for multiple projects in the community. Fox also played football and baseball. He was a state runner-up in football and a two-time champ in baseball. Fox attends Southside Baptist Church and is a member of the youth group, a Bible study leader, preached on Wednesday nights, in RA’s and missions. Fox has not decided where he will attend school in the fall, but hopes to play baseball somewhere.
Madison Gilmore, daughter of George and Chris Gilmore, is a senior at Pike Liberal Arts School. Gilmore is a Student Government Association representative, All American Scholar, DAR Good Citizen, Joe Klein Leadership Finalist, Distinguished Young Women Scholastic Winner, vice president of the Government Club, president of the Twilighter Service Club, a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Excel Club, Drama Club and Fellowship Christian Students. Gilmore was co-captain of the cheerleading squad and was an AISA All Star and UCA Staff Invitee. Gilmore served the community in AREA Youth Tour, Chamber Junior Ambassadors, Operation Christmas Child, Special Olympics, the Humane Society, Sav-a-life and was a blood donor. Gilmore attends First United Methodist Church where she is a member of the youth group and participates in the Bush Memorial Food Drive. Gilmore will be attending Troy University in the fall.
Rush Hixon, son of Billy and Laura Hixon, is a senior at Pike Liberal Arts School Hixon is on the A-B honor roll, class treasurer, Mayor for a Day, a member of Spanish Club, Excel Club and a library aide. Hixon was captain of the football team and was MVP and AISA All Star. Hixon played basketball and was AISA All Star and AISA Region Tourney All Star. He also played baseball and was a state champ, AISA Jr. All Star and was on the Jonah McWaters All Tournament Team. Hixon served the community in Special Olympics, was a Miracle League volunteer and a Troy Parks and Rec volunteer coach. Hixon attends Brundidge United Methodist Church, where he is a member of the youth group, a VBS volunteer, a youth day speaker and participates in children’s sabbath and the Bush Memorial Food Drive. Hixon will attend Troy University in the fall.
Austin Ingram, son of Chuck and Melissa Ingram, is a senior at Charles Henderson High School. Ingram is on the all A Honor Roll, was named Mr. CHHS, and a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Club, Art Guild and the yearbook staff. Ingram also played football, where he served as captain and was ASWA All State, Super 12 and AHSAA All Star QB. Ingram also played baseball where he was a two-time state champ, championship series MVP, AL.com All Region and ASWA All State. Ingram served the community by being a football and baseball camp volunteer and doing community service with the Troy Police Department. Ingram attends First United Methodist church, where he is a member of the youth group and participates in Mentoring Matters. Ingram will attend Auburn University in the fall.
Sh’ana Lee is a senior at Pike County High School. Lee had the highest GPA in physical science, is a Chamber junior ambassador, attended the business and finance academy, took dual enrollment, is a member of National Honor Society, Art Honor Society, Spanish Club, Art Club, Theater Club and FBLA. Lee also played volleyball and softball. Lee served the community in multiple volunteer projects. Lee attends Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church where she is in the usher board, youth choir and youth group. Lee will attend the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Tyler Phillips, son of Shea and Kay Phillips, is a senior at Goshen High School. Phillips is the valedictorian, Mr. Goshen High School, a Bryant-Jordan Statewide Scholar Athlete, SGA president, a Woodmen of World recipient, a Chamber Junior Ambassador, received the HS Citizenship Award, 4-H Club president, a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Math Team and Scholar’s Team. Phillips also played football, where he was in All State and Super 12. He also played baseball and was in All Area. Phillips served the community in Special Olympics, coaching youth football, umpiring youth baseball, volunteering in Miracle League and Relay for Life. Phillips attends Henderson Baptist Church, where is a member of the youth group and a VBS volunteer. Phillips will attend Auburn University in the fall.
Coleby Roberts, son of Lin and Kelly Roberts, is a senior at Pike Liberal Arts School. Roberts is an honor student, was in dual enrollment, a science fair runner-up, a member of Beta Club, Spanish Club and Excel Club. Roberts also played baseball and was a state champ. Roberts served his community in Special Olympics, PLAS Deer Hunt guide, elderly Christmas baskets and Patriot Pals Mentor. Roberts attends First United Methodist Church where he participates in MFUGE mission trip, youth fellowship, Bush Memorial Canned Food Drive and he is an usher and a garden volunteer. Roberts will attend Auburn University in the fall.
Benjamin Salmon, son of Mark and Jannette Salmon, is a senior at Charles Henderson High School. Salmon is on the all A Honor Roll, eighth in the class, member of Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Club and yearbook staff. Salmon also played football, where he was a scholar athlete and Special Team POY. He also played soccer for six years and was captain. Salmon is an Eagle Scout and served the community as a referee for youth soccer and being a leader in Boy Scouts Young Men’s Program. Salmon attends the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he participates in youth conference, was awarded the Duty to God award and is the Deacons and Teachers Quorum president. Salmon will attend the University of Alabama in the fall.
Chase Smartt, son of Mark and Deborah Smartt, is a senior at Charles Henderson High School. Smartt is on the A-B Honor Roll, the yearbook staff and is a Bryant-Jordan Scholarship regional winner. Smartt also played baseball. He started since the eighth grade, was a two-time state champ, two-time All State, Super All State, MVP of State Champ Series and All Star North/South Game, Gatorade POY finalist, Max Preps national POY watch list, Super 12 and All Area. Smartt served the community by being a Read Across America volunteer and a baseball camp volunteer. Smartt attends First United Methodist Church where he is in the youth group and helps with youth volunteer projects. Smartt will attend Troy in the fall on a baseball scholarship.
Fran Warrick, daughter of Amy and Jeffrey Warrick, is a senior at Goshen High School. Warrick is a SGA representative, won the Brian Stroud Award, a member of National Honor Society, yearbook staff, FBLA, Key Club, homecoming court and the prom committee. Warrick also played volleyball; was a cheerleader, where she was All-American, captain and awarded the Pea River District Award; and softball, where she was All Area. Warrick served the community as a volunteer, a little league coach and in clean-up projects. Warrick attends Hephzibah Baptist Church, where is a member of the youth group, a VBS volunteer and participated in Town Clean Up. Warrick will attend Troy University in the fall.
Cole Wilson, son of Jay and Jennifer Wilson, is a senior at Charles Henderson High School. Wilson is a library aide and a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, yearbook staff, Spanish Club, FCA and the media center staff. Wilson also played baseball, where he was a 2014 state champ. Wilson served the community in Special Olympics and Mentoring Matters. Wilson attends Park Memorial United Methodist where he is a member of the youth group, a summer camp volunteer, attended Passion Conference and assisted with church service set-up and Merge Weekend. Wilson will attend Troy University in the fall.
Will Young, son of Richard and Mandy Young, is a senior at Charles Henderson High School. Young was the junior class president, a Model United Nations Delegate and is a member of the National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta, International Thespian Society, Key Club, Interact Club, Drama Club and Spanish Club. Young also played football and soccer. Young served the community in refereeing youth soccer and volunteering for multiple projects. Young attends Park Memorial United Methodist Church, where he is a member of the youth group, a Merge participant and attended Student Life Conference. Young will attend Troy University in the fall.