Colley Awards: Snyder and Barron win J.O. “Tip” Colley Scholarship

Published 10:33 pm Monday, May 21, 2018

A total of 25 senior student-athletes from across Pike County were nominated for the prestigious J.O. “Tip” Colley Scholarship on Monday night at the Troy Recreation Center.

Goshen’s Brock Snyder and Charles Henderson’s Abbie Barron took home the top prizes – $1,500 scholarships.

The award recognizes student-athletes who excelled in their walk of faith, academics, athletics and community service.

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“It’s really exciting that I won this great award,” Snyder said. “To be set aside for my faith and academic ability, it’s an honor. I am thankful that God allowed me to do stuff like this in my life.”

“It’s really an honor,” Barron said. “I see the winners from years past seeing what quality people they were and it humbles me. I am proud to stand among those people that I have seen before me that are such great people.”

Four other student athletes were honored on Monday night. Caroline Kirk of Pike Liberal Arts and Taten Phillips of Goshen were runners up for the scholarship and were awarded $500. Reed Jinright of Pike Liberal Arts and Eden Hipps of Pike Liberal Arts were named second runners up and won a $250 scholarship.

The “Voice of the Trojans” Barry McKnight was the Master of Ceremonies and the featured speaker was Mike Lutzenkirchen, the father of the late Auburn football player Phillip Lutzenkirchen.

Mike Lutzenkirchen is currently the Executive Director of the Lutzie 43 Foundation. Lutzenkirchen challenged the nominees to be available to people and to be there to support others both physically and emotionally. He also expressed the importance of faith. Both winners echoed the importance of both.

“Leaving a mark on your community is probably one of the best things you can do,” Snyder said. “The other day we went to the elementary school and these kids knew who I was and I have never seen them before. You leave a mark on people even when you don’t know it.”

“It’s so important,” Barron said. “Without faith, the classroom doesn’t matter and the field doesn’t matter. That’s what it’s about.”

Barron is planning on attending Auburn University in the fall. She hopes to not only show her faith, but to also be there for others.

“I hope to display my faith and my availability,” Barron said. “Just be there for people.”

Snyder will head to Faulkner University where he will play football. He plans to be there for his team both on and off the field.

“I want to be able to give my teammates and coaches all my effort and do the best that I can,” Snyder said. “I want to help them be the best they can be.”