Seven student-athletes in the Dothan Eagle service areas were honored as regional winners during the 37th annual Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet in Birmingham on Monday.
The honored locals were Isabella Holtz from Enterprise, Birch Cochran from Eufaula, Riley Jordan from Carroll, Conner Patterson from Providence Christian, Angel Terry from Pike County, Callie Pope from Elba and Kaden Ward from Cottonwood.
All seven were either regional competitive athletes or competitive winners.
Scholar-Athlete Awards are given to those who excel in science and sports and demonstrate leadership in undergraduate, civic and church fields.
Achievement awards are given to students who have overcome physical or personal obstacles or difficulties to achieve an excellent level relative to their academic and athletic ability.
Holtz from Enterprise, Cochran from Eufaula, Jordan from Carroll, Patterson from Providence Christian while Terry from Pike County, Pope from Elba and Ward from Cottonwood were selected as the performance winners.
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A total of 104 student-athletes from across the state from Class 1A to Class 7A – all seniors – were honored as regional winners at Monday’s banquet. Half were honored in the Scholar-Athlete category, the other half as a performance winner.
Each regional winner received a $3,000 stipend and was eligible for the respective class award in their category as well as the overall state award in that category.
Winners in each class received an additional $3,500 stipend. The overall athlete and state overall winners each earned a minimum of $10,500 in scholarship money, including $4,000 for the overall winner in addition to the regional and class winners.
All scholarships awarded can be used at the school of your choice.
The grants were awarded at Monday’s banquet by the Bryant-Jordan Foundation, which was named after former University of Alabama head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and former Auburn University head coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan.
Established in 1986 by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in partnership with the Alabama High School Athletic Association, the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Scholarship Program has awarded nearly $12 million in college scholarships to more than 3,000 Alabama high school students .
A handful of other scholarships were awarded and Carroll’s Jordan received the Alabama “A” Club Educational and Charitable Foundation Scholarship in the Scholarship Department.
A look at some qualifications of the region’s regional winners:
Isabella Holtz from Enterprise, a Class 7A, Region 2 performance winner competed on the Wildcat girls golf team. She has a weighted grade point of 4.44 and ranks third in her senior class with a 455.
She has been an SGA Secretary, TSA Secretary, SGA sophomore, Anchor Club sophomore, Wildcat representative, Student2Student Peer Leader, and a member of AP Scholar, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, National Society of HS Scholars and 2020 Hugh O’Brian Leadership Academy Aluma. She was also the golf team captain and voted the PRIDE 2021 Student of the Year. She has also been a tutor, community volunteer and mentor at Mentor Immerison.
Eufaula’s Birch Cochran, a Class 6A, Region 2 performance winner competed in soccer and baseball. He has a weighted grade point average of 4.3 and ranks fourth in his senior class of 152.
He was the senior class president, a Tiger representative, a class favorite, a member of the National Honor Society and the 30 Plus ACT club, and captain of the football team. He has also been active as a volunteer for Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Eufaula Pilgrimage, Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts, and Classical Conversations Camp, and as a member of the Alabama Farmers Federation.
Carroll’s Riley Jordan, a Class 5A, Region 2 achievement winner competed in baseball, soccer, and track and field. He has a weighted grade point average of 4.28 and ranks second in a class of 177. He is the school’s salutator.
He was President of the National Honor Society, Alabama Boys State Lt. Gov., Boys National Club Party Whip, SGA Vice President, Key Club VO, Yearbook Staff Sports Editor, CHS Eagle Representative and a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, Government Club, FCA and AHSAA Student Leadership Council. He was also a Wiregrass Field of Faith speaker and a Freedom Speaks finalist.
Conner Patterson from Providence Christian, a Class 3A, Region 2 performance winner competed in cross country, indoor and outdoor tracks. He is an individual national champion with five teams in the indoor and outdoor track and two-time individual champion in cross-country skiing. Patterson has a 4.00 GPA and is in the top 5 percent of his senior year.
He has been a member of the Scholar’s Bowl Team, Student Leadership Council, School Service Projects and the National Honor Society. He has been a volunteer at Wired, Reach Dothan, and Vacation Bible School.
Angel Terry of Pike County, a Class 3A, Region 2 performance winner competed in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. She has a grade point average of 4.06 and is in the top 10 in her senior year. Terry has excelled in athletics and science while overcoming illness and family troubles.
She is a member of the FBLA and the National Honor Society, Senior Ambassador to the Chamber of Commerce and the Business/Finance Academy. She was selected as the school’s homecoming queen.
Elba’s Callie Pope, a Class 2A, Region 2 achievement winner competed in softball and volleyball while participating in the band. She has a GPA of 4.00 and is near the top of her high school. She has excelled in sports and science, overcoming ear and mouth surgeries in early adolescence, as well as allergies and current family issues.
She is the band’s drum major, having served as section leader and lieutenant. She has served as SGA President and Vice President, Senior Beta Club President and Interact Club President, and Student Council Vice President. She has also been a member of FCA, HOSA and Elba Youth Leadership. She received the DAR Good Citizen Award and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Award. She was also a member of the Coffee County Honor Band and the Auburn University Marching Honor Band. She has also done 307 hours of community service helping with school events, community events and doing work for community members.
Cottonwood’s Kaden Ward, a Class 2A, Region 1 performance winner competed in soccer. He has a weighted grade point average of 4.18 and ranks fourth in a senior class of 50 while taking dual enrollment aviation classes. Excelling in sports and science, Ward has overcome a rare condition that doesn’t allow his body to regulate its body temperature and causes severe skin rashes. He also had to deal with family issues and moved to different states throughout his life.
He was a member of the FFA and was a secondary school student in the FFA. He was also a member of the Beta Club, Key Club, and the National High School Association of Scholars.