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Locals win Bryant-Jordan awards

Three students from Covington County attended the 25th annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night in Birmingham.

Andalusia’s Amber Anderson and Kristen Finley were selected as the Bryant-Jordan Class 4A, Region 2 winners, and Pleasant Home’s Josh Godwin was selected as the winner of the Class 1A, Region 2 Bryant-Jordan scholar athlete award.

The program recognized 48 regional scholar-athlete winners, selected for their excellence in athletics and academics, and 48 achievement winners, chosen for their ability to overcome major obstacles during their high school careers.

Each won a $2,500 scholarship to any college in the United States.

Anderson was selected for the Bryant-Jordan achievement award because she overcame complications with a cyst on her brain and continued to play volleyball and basketball.

Finley received the Bryant-Jordan scholar athlete award for her work inside the classroom, earning a 3.8 GPA. She plays softball for the Lady Bulldogs.

Godwin was selected as the scholar-athlete based on his capability of keeping a 4.5 GPA while playing three sports at PHS — baseball, basketball and football. He is ranked No. 1 in his class.

The banquet was held in the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham.

“It was an honor to be awarded the Bryant-Jordan scholar athlete award just because there were so many other players,” Finley said. “At one point, I was just astonished that I could be in the room with half of the people in there.”

Anderson agreed.

“I was excited to see that many athletes that care about academics because it seems like only a few really care about academics,” Anderson said.

“It was nerve racking because we didn’t know if we were going to be a class winner or overall state winners, but the only thing we knew is that we were region winners,” Finley said.

“It’s an honor to get it and know that I’m able to achieve something that well, academically both on and off the field,” Godwin said. “It was amazing to see that there were 95 other people there making just as good of grades if not better and still play in multiple sports.”