TSSAA Announces The A.F. Bridges Awards Program

The A.F. Bridges Awards Program announced in the winter
issue of the TSSAA News the 27 Divisional Finalists for 2005-06.

Also, the nine schools that won the A.F. Bridges' State Award of
Excellence were recognized.

For the fourth consecutive year, the TSSAA Board of Control earmarked $27,000 toward a scholarship fund to recognize one outstanding student athlete from each of the 27 schools that were Divisional Finalist for the A.F. Bridges Awards.
Each school was asked to recognize a person who represents the essence of good sportsmanship and citizenship. The criteria for this nomination was set by each individual school.

Each nominee was asked to provide a complete resume as well as a paper describing what participation in activities has meant to them.
Additionally, we asked for input as to their perception of their role
and responsibilities as a student leader.

Each student will be awarded the $1,000 scholarship once they have
enrolled in college.

We are very proud to announce the 27 A.F. Bridges Scholar Athletes.


ADAM BLEDSOE, Clinch High School --

He is a Salutatorian and Class President at Clinch. He was selected as “Mr. CHS” and is listed in Who’s Who Among High School Students. He is a member of the Beta Club, Drama Club, and French Club. He is an All-American Scholar and recipient of the National Science Merit Award.
Adam has lettered in basketball at Clinch High School.

JAYNESE THORNTON, Cosby High School --

She has a 4.0 GPA and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed”
by the senior class. She has been named Student of the Month and to the National Honor Roll as well. Club membership includes FCT, Drama Club, Beta Club, Model UN, Key Club, Student Council, Peer Solutions, and Show Choir.
She has lettered in both soccer and track. Jaynese was a recipient of the Soccer Eagle Award as a junior and senior and was named to the All-District Honorable Mention team as a senior. She has been a nursing home volunteer and Cosby Academy Member.

DAVID LANGLEY, Midway High School --

He is Valedictorian and the Senor Class President. He has been or is a member of Beta Club, BPA, FCA, Student Council, Spanish Club, and Skills USA. David has lettered in football and basketball at Midway and was captain of both teams as a senior. He was selected as “Most Likely to Succeed” by his peers. He has been the recipient of the Senior Math Award, Science Award, History Award, American History Award, English Awards, and the Character/Citizenship Award, among many others. Community involvement includes Angel Tree, Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Elderly Helper, Read Across America, and Operation Reach.


JOSH HUTCHINS, Elizabethton High School

He is a member of DECA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the National Honor Society. He participated in band as a freshman and is a member of the high school chorus and men’s ensemble. He is also a member of the youth praise team at his church. Josh has lettered for three years in football and three years in baseball at Elizabethton High School.

LAURA GERMAN, Polk County High School --

She has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked second in her class. She is Vice-President of the Beta Club and has been a member for four years. She is also Secretary of the National Honor Society and has been a member for two years. She has been a member of FCA, Spanish Club, Student Council, Prom Committee, Future Teachers of America, FCCLA, Student Senate, and Teen Council. Laura was co-captain of the volleyball team her senior year and was a member for four years. She was also co-captain of the basketball team as a junior and senior and was a member for four years as well. She was a Volunteer Girls’ State Delegate and was a recipient of the United States Achievement Academy National Leadership Merit Award.

DEXTER A. GRUBB, Rutledge High School --

He has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked eighth in his class. He went to state with DECA for the Marketing Competition and is a member of the Beta Club. He has maintained perfect attendance at Rutledge as a junior and senior. Dexter has been a member of the football team since his freshman year, during which he received the scholastic award for football. Community service includes participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program and delivering gifts to elderly at a nursing home during Christmas.


NICHOLAS BRADSHAW, Heritage High School

He has been a National Honor Roll nominee as a junior and senior and was a delegate to the Tennessee Leadership Seminar in 2005. He has been a Student Representative for the Steering Committee for School Improvement and to the Blount County Board of Education. He is the Chair of the Senior Class on the Student Council and was Vice-President of the Student Council as a junior. He is a member of the Key Club and National Honor Society. Nicholas lettered in soccer and basketball at Heritage. Community Service includes Angel Tree, Second Harvest Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, Mission Trip to New York City, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

LANDON HALL, Maryville High School --

He has a 4.1 Grade Point Average and is a member of the National Honors Society. He has been on the A & B Honor Roll each year at Maryville. He has lettered in football and wrestling each of his four years. Landon was named to the All-County and All-Region football teams in 2006 and was named the Defensive MVP of the 2005 BlueCross Bowl.
As a wrestler, honors and awards include being named to the All-County team four times and the All-Region team in
2006 and 2007. He qualified for the state tournament four times and finished runner-up as a junior and senior.

JONATHAN BARRETT, Volunteer High School --

He is the Student Government Association co-president of the senior class at Volunteer High School. He is a member of the Beta Club and is an AIM Scholar. He was a drummer in the marching band all four years and was the section leader as a sophomore, junior, and senior. Jonathan lettered in basketball each year and was the recipient of the Hustle Award his junior and senior seasons.

Story Courtesy: TSSAA

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