Campbell, Singleton named top Sewell winners

Published 10:00pm Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Holtville High’s Colton Campbell and Elmore County High’s Carter Singleton were recognized Tuesday night as the overall winners in Elmore County’s annual Sewell Awards program. Each was awarded a $2,500 John Sewell Memorial Scholarship.
Colton played baseball, basketball and football at HHS and Singleton was involved in basketball, power lifting, soccer and track at ECHS.
“The selection committee for the Sewell Awards is faced with an impossible task every year,” said Joey Holley, this year’s Sewell committee chairman. “These are some of the finest young people in our state.
“This awards program is a shining source of pride for our entire community and showcases the outstanding youth who are the recipients of this honor. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to all of the nominees for the excellent example they provide.”
Eight other student athletes from across Elmore County were recognized as category winners during the Sewell Awards Banquet held at the Wetumpka Civic Center.
Those honored were:
•Academics – Maggie Collier, New Life Christian Academy, and Jacob Dean, Tallassee High School. Dean competed in cross country, golf, soccer and track. Collier played softball and volleyball.
•Athletics – Dylan Ingram, Edgewood Academy, and Chandler Thornton, also from Edgewood Academy. Thornton participated in basketball, cheerleading, softball, track and volleyball. Ingram played baseball and football.
•Leadership – Mallory Smith, Stanhope Elmore High, and Hunter Wilson, Edgewood Academy. Wilson played baseball, basketball, football and track. Smith was involved in cheerleading.
•Church, community and character – Allyson Davenport, Elmore County High, and Damon Rowe, also from Elmore County High. Rowe was involved in football and weight lifting. Davenport participated in basketball, cheerleading, soccer and track.
Each category winner received a $750 scholarship.
Keynote speaker for the event was Dr. John Ed Mathison, who served for 36 years as senior minister of Frazier Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery. Doug Amos, assistant athletic director for media relations and marketing at Faulkner University was emcee.
Athletes honored Tuesday represented the ninth class of nominees for the annual Sewell Awards – the Joe Sewell Award and John Sewell Scholarship.
The Sewell Award program recognizes outstanding high school senior athletes in Elmore County who have consistently rep­re­sented the highest ideals of Christian leadership in ­athletics.
Nomi­nated freshman athletes from each participating school were also recognized for their commitment to the qualities outlined in the award program.
The Sewell Awards program was established in 2005. In addition to recognizing deserving student-athletes, the awards serves to honor the legacy of Titus native Joe Sewell, who pursued a successful baseball career in the Majors from 1920-1933 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.
His cousin John Sewell, for whom the top scholarships are named, loved sports and spent much of his free time coaching and helping young people.

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