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MHSAA and its partners honor top scholar-athletes
JACKSON – Sixteen outstanding seniors from across the state were recognized April 10th during the 22nd annual Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete awards banquet at the Jackson Hilton.
The students were chosen by an eight-person selection committee for their combination of academic excellence, participation in athletics and contributions to their schools and communities. Each student receive a $1,500 college scholarship through the support of the MHSAA’s partners.
The Scholar-Athlete awards were started by retired MHSAA executive director Ennis Proctor in 1996 to honor longtime Gulfport athletic director Lindy Callahan. Mr. Callahan, 89, attended Monday’s banquet along with Ann, his wife of 64 years, and their granddaughter Kimberly Best.
“I’m so honored and so appreciated to have been associated with this award for 22 years,” Mr. Callahan said. “I am always amazed at the accomplishments of these young people. Their families and mentors should be so proud of these young people.”
Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes for 2017
- District 1 Female: Abby Pitts, Booneville
- District 1 Male: Bo Thomas, Mooreville
- District 2 Female: Swayze Elliott, Oxford
- District 2 Male: Riley Bogue, West Union
- District 3 Female: Kimberly Thomas, Humphreys County
- District 3 Male: Christian Hannah, Gentry
- District 4 Female: Shanika Musser, Starkville
- District 4 Male: Jake Fanning, Neshoba Central
- District 5 Female: Kelly Bator, Meridian
- District 5 Male: Steven Sasser, South Jones
- District 6 Female: Kaelyn Thompson, Pearl
- District 6 Male: Randy Townsend, Ridgeland
- District 7 Female: Courtney Wyant, Loyd Star
- District 7 Male: Ryan Ivey, North Pike
- District 8 Female: Kennedy Runnels, Petal
- District 8 Male: Corbin Blanchard, St. Stanislaus