Best of both worlds

Published 10:41 pm Friday, July 17, 2009

Twelve Chilton County student-athletes have been chosen to compose The Clanton Advertiser’s first All-Academic Team.

The honor is significant because it is based on both athletic and academic excellence and because only two students, one boy and one girl, were chosen from each county school.

Nominations, which were limited to students at the high school level during the 2008-09 academic year, were made by school principals.

Nominations were expected to play a significant role in their respective athletic squads, but more emphasis was placed on their academic achievements.

Along with the picture of each selection are the grade the student was in during the 2008-09 academic year, the sports the student participated in, a cumulative GPA and a non-exhaustive list of extracurricular activities other than sports.

The team is:

Brad Boswell (Junior, Verbena): Basketball, football, 3.9 GPA, Beta Club, National Honor Society

Connie Dale (senior, Verbena): Basketball, softball, cheer, 3.6 GPA, Beta Club, Class President, Valedictorian, FCA president

Jana Davenport (junior, Jemison): Cheer, 4.0 GPA, Junior Class Secretary, Miss JHS, SGA representative, Mu Alpha Theta

Daniel Farris (senior, Thorsby): Baseball, basketball, 4.0 GPA, Valedictorian, Class President, Mr. THS, FA chapter president

Mary Gasson (senior, Thorsby): Basketball, softball, track, 4.0 GPA, Valedictorian, Ms. THS, Homecoming Queen, Drum major

Adam Huddleston (senior, Isabella): Football, 3.9 GPA, Most Likely to Succeed, Sr. Beta Club, Sr. Scholar’s Bowl, Science Team

Taylor Hughes (junior, Chilton Co.): Basketball, football, 4.0 GPA, National Honor Society, Beta Club, SGA president, Science Olympiad

Jacob Little (senior, Maplesville): Baseball, football, 3.7 GPA, Beta Club, Boys State representative, Mr. MHS

Kristin Nelson (senior, Chilton Co.): Majorette, softball, 4.0 GPA, SGA, Beta Club, DECA, Science Team

Justin Nemec (junior, Jemison): Football, 4.0 GPA, Beta Club, FCCLA, DECA, J-Club

Bridget Nichols (senior, Maplesville): Basketball, softball, 3.9 GPA, Beta Club, Student-Athlete Academic Award, FCCLA, Presidents Education Award

Krysta Tyler (senior, Isabella): Cheer, softball, volleyball, 3.9 GPA, Ms. IHS, Homecoming Queen, Class President, Sr. Beta Club president