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Tip Colley nominees named

The Troy Exchange Club will select the 2020 Tip Colley Award recipients on Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m. via a live broadcast.

“We’ve had to make some adjustments due to the COVId-19 situation,” said Jerry Miller. “But we still want to make sure these nominees and award winners are honored and recognized.

The program honors senior Christian scholar athletes from all Pike County high schools who have excelled in their walk of faith, academics, athletics and community service.

Male and female runners-up are each awarded a $500 cash scholarship while the male and female winners are each awarded a $1,500 scholarship. In addition, the winners are awarded a plaque and their names are added to trophies that reside each year at the winner’s high school.

The award also honors the late Dr. J.O. “Tip” Colley who embodied all the qualities celebrated by the scholarship. “He was a beloved physician, successful businessman and civid leader in this community,” Miller said. “He was also an outstanding student and athlete in his youth.”

The 2020 nominees are:

Ansley Adams is the daughter of Angela Sarris and David Adams. She is graduating from Pike Liberal Arts School where she was involved with cheerleading, the basketball team, and the softball team. Through cheerleading, Adams held the role of co-captian and chaplain, and she earned the titles of UCLA All American, AISA All Star, State Champion, and was a winner of the Camp Leadership Award. She is also an AISA All-Star for the basketball team. She participated in FCA, Pep Club, Government Club, Twighlighter, Miss PLAS, and the Excel Club as the treasurer. Adams is a member of Good Hope Baptist Church where is in involved with VBS, Small Group Bible Study, and is a Nursery Worker. She serves her community by helping organizations including Salvation Army, Turkeys from Heaven, Operation Christmas Child, Relay for Life, Out of Darkness Walk, and the Special Olympics. Adams is on the National Honors Society and is the recipient of the Sam S. Williams Scholarship. She has plans to attend Auburn University in the fall.

Davis Allen is the son of Wes and Cae Allen and is graduating from Pike Liberal Arts School. He was active on both the football and baseball team. He was the captain of the football team and was named MVP, AISA All Star, Best Receiver, Best DB, and ASWA All State. With baseball, he is a back-to-back State Champion, ASWA All State, and NAAPS All American. Allen also participated in Excel Club, Interact Club, Spanish Club, Government Club, Forensics Club, Headmaster’s Advisory Committee, and was a Library Aide. His academic achievements include National Honor Society, RYLA Leadership, Boy’s State, Freshman Forum, and was the SGA treasurer for two years. Allen is a member of First Baptist Church in Troy where he was active with VBS, Men’s Breakfast, Global Impact, and Senior Citizens Dinner. He is also active in the community by volunteering for Salvation Army, Sav-a-Life, Operation Christmas Child, Turkeys from Heaven, Miracle League, and Breakfast for Veterans. Allen plans to attend Shelton State Community College with a baseball scholarship.

Makel Avery is the son of Terrence Avery and Tamika Slaughter. He is graduating from Goshen High School where he played on the football and basketball team. Avery is graduating on the National Honor Society and with the Honors Diploma. He is a member of Springfield Missionary Baptist Church where he is active in the youth group and is an usher. Avery also volunteers for multiple community projects to give back to the community. At this time, Avery has several options of colleges to attend, but he has not chosen one yet.

Sarah Elizabeth Calhoun is the daughter of Daryl and Tammy Calhoun and is graduating from Pike Liberal Arts School. She was the captain of the volleyball team and was named MVP. Calhoun was also on the softball team and the track team. She was the president of FCA, president of Twilighter, president of Government Club, vice president of SGA, and the editor of the school newspaper. She was a member of the Excel Club, Spanish Club, Chess Club, and was on the Principal’s Advisory Board. She is a member of First Baptist in Troy where is in involved with the youth group, VBS, and mission trips. Calhoun is active in the community by volunteering for organizations including Chamber Jr. Ambassador, South Alabama Youth Tour, Relay for Life, Salvation Army, Sav-a-Life, and Out of the Darkness Walk. Calhoun is graduating on the National Honor Society and has plans to attend Troy University.

Ezekiel Caldwell is the son of John and Angelia Caldwell and is graduating from Charles Henderson High School. He played on the football team and soccer team, and he participated in the Student Mentor Club, the Beta Club, and Mu Alpha Theta. He is an active member of Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church as a youth group leader, an usher, the GENTS president, and by helping with fundraisers. Caldwell has severed in his community as a volunteer for Community Clean-Up. He is graduating on the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society, and he has plans to attend Central Methodist University.

Jaylen Deveridge is the son of Kristi Lewis and is graduating from Charles Henderson High School. He was the captain of the baseball team, President of FBLA, Vice President of the Beta Club, Treasurer of the National Honor Society, and the Class Treasurer for two years. Deveridge was also involved in Interact Club, Skills USA, Spanish Club, Robotics Club, Peer Helper/Male Mentor, Mu Alpha Theta, and Dual Enrollment. He is a member of Goshen First Baptist where he is an Assistant Sunday School Secretary and Head Junior Usher. He is involved in the community by volunteering for organizations including Camp ASCA, Miracle League, Colley Sr. Complex, Pike Pioneer Museum, Tornado Clean-Up, and Chamber Jr. Ambassador. Deveridge has plans to attend Auburn University in the fall.

Nandia Dorsey is the daughter of Kimberly Dorsey and is graduating from Goshen High School. She was the co-captain of the cheerleading team and is on the National Honor Society. Dorsey is a member of Saint John Baptist Church and is active in the youth group. She plans to attend Enterprise State in the fall.

Chip Faircloth is the son of Ken and Beverly Faircloth and is graduating from Pike Liberal Arts School. He was the captain of the football team and was named Most Valuable Offensive Back twice. He was also on the golf team where he was a State Tournament Qualifier. Faircloth participated in Spanish Club, FCS, Interact Club, Robotics Club, Philosophy Club, Calculus Club, Math Team, Chess Club, and was the Vice President of SGA. He was involved in the Headmaster’s Advisory Committee, Boy’s State, STEM Program at Naval Academy, and is on the National Honor Society. Faircloth is a winner of the AISA Academic All Star Scholar Award and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. He is a member of First Baptist in Troy where he is an usher, offering bearer, and involved in the youth group. He gives back to the community by volunteering for organizations including Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child, and Turkey’s from Heaven. Faircloth plans to attend Troy University.

Maurielo Flores is the son of Lorena Flores Olvera and is graduating from Pike County High School. He is on the National Honor Society and participated in the Business and Finance Academy. Flores was a member of the soccer team and JROTC. He attends Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Catholic Church where he is an Altar Server, is involved with retreats, and is always willing to serve. Flores is planning on attending Troy University.

Bryan Galloway is the son of Christopher and Sonya Galloway and is graduating from Goshen High School. He played on the football team and was named MVP, AHSAA All Star, Power Prep Sports Power Team QB, and earned multiple POW honors. Galloway was also on the baseball team and was named MVP, ASWA All State (first team), All State, All Area, POW, and won the Brian Stroud Memorial Award. He was a member of FBLA, an Office Aide, an SGA representative, and Mr. GHS. Galloway is ranked in the top ten of his class and is graduating on the National Honors Society. He is a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church where he is involved with the youth group and Merge. To serve his community, Galloway volunteers for different community projects. He has plans to attend Wallace Community College.

Eli Grice is the son of Steve and Angie Grice and is graduating from Pike Liberal Arts School. He was the captain of the tennis team for three years and was an AISA State Runner-Up (second seed). Grice was involved in track, Spanish Club, Philosophy Club, Interact Club, FCA, Government Club, Drama Club, Math Team, Calculus Club, Scholar’s Bowl, was the secretary of SGA junior year, and the president of SGA senior year. He participated in the Headmasters Advisory Council, Boy’s State, Governor’s School Youth Tour Representative, AISA State SGA Convention, Dual Enrollment, and was a Library Aide. Grice is on the National Honor Society and is the recipient of the John Kline Leadership Award. He is a member of Park Memorial United Methodist Church and is involved in youth group, the Shepherd Safety Team, and was the Rec leader for VBS. To serve his community, he volunteers for Turkeys from Heaven, Operation Christmas Child, Patriot Pals, Humane Society, Pursuit Ministries, Miracle League, and LutzenKirchen 43 Lessons to Legacy Program. Grice plans to attend Troy University.

Tationna Godfrey is the daughter of Jhirmal and Tiffany White and is graduating from Pike County High School. She is on the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society, and was the class president her junior year. Godfrey was involved with cheerleading and is a member of Whitewater Missionary Baptist Church where she participates in choir, Campus Outreach, Praise Dance Ministry, and Mission & Matron. She is active in serving her community by volunteering for Chamber Jr. Ambassador, the Food Bank, nursing homes, Upward Bound, and Gear Up Alabama. Godfrey has plans to attend AUM.

Hannah Helms is the daughter of Ronald and Lynn Helms and is graduating from Pike Liberal Arts School. She was the captain of the tennis team, the senior class secretary, the SGA Scrapbook Editor, and the secretary of the Interact Club. Helms also participated in the Excel Club, FCS, Spanish Club, Drama Club, Patriot Pals, Honor Band, and Calculus Club. She is on the National Honor Society and was apart of the Faulkner Leadership Conference. Helms is a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church and is involved in youth group, Children’s Church, VBS, and the Mobile Mission Trip. She is also the church photographer and a greeter. She volunteers for organizations including Salvation Army, Johnson Center for the Arts, Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child, Sav-a-Life, and the Montgomery Zoo. Helms has plans to attend Troy University.

Caitlin Hughes is the daughter of Danny and Selena Hughes and is graduating from Goshen High School. She is a UCA All American cheerleader, was the captain of the dance team, and she played volleyball where she made it to the Elite Eight, was a State Runner-up, and Area Champion. Hughes was a secretary then president of FBLA, a representative for SGA, GHS Ambassador, and Teacher Aide. She participated on the Math team, yearbook staff, Diamond Dolls, is on the National Honor Society and made the Chancellor’s List for Dual Enrollment. She is a member of Glenwood Baptist Church where she is involved in VBS, the fall festival, and in the Christmas and Easter Performances. To serve her community, she volunteers for the American Red Cross, Special Olympics, Chamber Jr. Ambassador, and food drives. Hughs has plans to attend Troy University.

Hannah Huner is the daughter of Chris and Tracie Huner and is graduating from Charles Henderson High School. As the captain of the cheer team, she was named MVP and Trojan Spirit Most Dedicated. Additionally, Huner participated in track and was named Most Improved. She was involved in the Athlete Leadership Council, AHSAA Student, Miss CHHS, FCA, FBLA, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, and SAEC Youth Tour. She was the president of Interact Club junior year and the vice president senior year. Huner was also the president of the Diamond Dolls, president of Twenty-one, and president of SGA. She ranks in the top five percent in her class, earned the highest GPA in physics, English and history, and is on the National Honor Society where she received the Herman Gunter Chapter for Excellence. Huner participated in DYW and was the first runner-up. She is a member of Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church where she is active in the nursery, as an altar server, a holiday decorator, and in the Catholic Youth Conference. She serves her community by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Children’s Hospital, Trunk or Treat, Turkeys from Heaven, Miracle League, and Chamber Jr. Ambassador. Huner plans to attend Troy University.

Julie Johns is the daughter of Jamie and Lesley Johns and is graduating from Goshen High School. She was the captain of the cheer team, named an All American, and was on the volleyball team where she made the Super 12. Johns is the recipient of the Brian Stroud Memorial Award and the Good Citizen Award. She is on the National Honor Society and participated in FCA, FBLA, Spanish Club, Yearbook staff, and was a Library Aide. She is a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church where she is involved in youth group and Operation Christmas Child. To serve her community, she volunteers for organizations including Special Olympics, Alabama River Clean-Up, Henderson Volunter FD Community Helper, Print it Forward. Johns plans to attend Enterprise State Community College.

Anna Jordan is the daughter of Mike and Alissa Jordan and is graduating from Pike Liberal Arts School. She was the vice president of Excel Club junior year and president of this club senior year. She also participated in the Faulkner Leadership Conference, Interact Club, Spanish Club, Drama Club, Scholars Bowl, FCS, and SGA. She was the class chaplain and is on the National Honor Society. Jordan played on the volleyball and tennis team. She is a member of First Baptist in Troy where she is involved in youth group, youth choir, the nursery, and children’s church. She serves her community by volunteering at the Johnson Center for the Arts, Operation Christmas Child, Child Abuse Awareness, Salvation Army, food bank, Breakfast for First Responders, and Breakfast for Veteran’s. Jordan plans to attend Samford University.

Olivia Kyzar is the daughter of Jay and Valerie Kyzar and is graduating from Goshen High School. She was on the volleyball team where she made the Dothan Eagle Super 12, was a State Runner-up in 2017, made it to the Elite Eight in 2018, and became Area Champion in 2019. Kyzar was the secretary of the National Honor Society junior year and the vice president senior year. She was the editor of the yearbook and a member of FBLA. She is a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church and is involved in youth group and VBS. She serves her community by volunteering for Special Olympics, Dr. Seuss Day, Troy Fest, Booster Club Deer Hunt, Turkey Sale, and food bank. Kyzar plans to attend Enterprise State Community College.

Porter Lankford is the daughter of Bo and Natalie Lankford and is graduating from Pike Liberal Arts School. She was the captain of the cheer team and was named AISA All Star, UCA All American, and State Champs twice. Lankford was the president of Excel Club for two years, the chaplain of Twighliter, the Class Scrapbook Editor junior year, and the Class Vice President senior year. She was a member of the Interact Club, FCS, Government Club, Drama Club, Spanish Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Calculus Club, Headmaster Advisory Committee, and was a Library Aide. Lankford is on the National Honor Society and participated in Dual Enrollment. She also is a recipient of the SAEC Scholarship, the Barbara Drummond Thorne Scholarship, and was a DYW essay winner. She is a member of Park Memorial United Methodist Church and is involved in small group Bible study, youth group, and the Costa Rica Missions. She serves her community by volunteering with the Chamber Jr. Ambassador, Turkeys from Heaven, Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse, Breakfast for First Responders, Breakfast for Firemen, and Breakfast for Veterans. Lankford has plans to attend Auburn University.

Aubrey Maulden is the daughter of David Maulden and Charity Earles-Maulden. She is graduating from Pike Liberal Arts School where she was involved with the volleyball and softball team. Maulden was the treasurer for FCA and FCS and was a member of the Excel Club. She made the Chancellor’s List for Dual Enrollment and is graduating on the Honor Roll and the National Honor Society. She is a member of Full Gospel Church where she is involved in youth group, Sunday school, music ministry, Lighthouse Singing Group, plays the piano, and sings. She serves her community by volunteering for different community projects. Maulden has plans to attend Lurleen B. Wallace with a softball scholarship.

Shelby Renfroe is the daughter of Scott Renfroe and Suzanne Shirley and is graduating from Pike Liberal Arts School. She played basketball where she was named an AISA All Star, was an Advertiser POW, made it to the State Finals, made the All Tournament Team, and was the MVP of the AISA All Star game. Renfroe was the secretary of the Excel Club, vice president of FCS, chaplain of the Government Club, and a member of the Spanish Club, Interact Club, Drama Club, 4-H Club, and FCA. She is a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church where she is involved with youth group and VBS. To serve her community, she volunteers for organizations including Miracle League, Turkeys from Heaven, Jingle Bell Run, Salvation Army, Operation Christmas Child, Polar Bear Challenge, Breakfast for First Responders, Breakfast for Firemen, and Breakfast for Veterans. Renfroe is graduating on the Honor Roll and National Honor Society with plans to attend Wallace Community College.

Niko Tempelis is the son of Yanni and Denise Tempelis and is graduating from Goshen High School. He played on the football and soccer team and was a member of FCA. Tempelis is a member of Brundidge First United Methodist Church where he is involved with youth group. He serves his community by volunteering for different community projects. Tempelis is graduating with an Honors Diploma and on the National Honor Society. He has plans to attend Troy University in the fall.

Molly Wares is the daughter of Joe and Teresa Wares and is graduating from Goshen High School. She played on the volleyball team and was a State Runner-up in 2017, made it to the Elite Eight in 2018, and became Area Champion in 2019. Wares is a member of The Vine Church where she is active in the youth group, Dream Team, and Vine Kids. She gives back to the community by volunteering for the Special Olympics. Wares is on the National Honors Society and has plans to attend Wallace Community College in Dothan.

Sydney Watson is the daughter of Kevin and Wendy Watson and is graduating from Charles Henderson High School. She was the president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of SGA, and Vice President of Twenty-One. Watson was also a member of Interact Club, Art Guild, FCA, FBLA, Mu Alpha Theta, and Beta Club. She received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and was the DYW second runner-up. She was involved on the track team where she was named Most Athletic, and she played on the volleyball team where she was named Most Improved. As a member of Southside Baptist Church, she is involved in VBS, nursery, and Outdoors with Friends. To serve her community, she volunteers for Red Cross Blood Drive, Turkeys from Heaven, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, Miracle League, and for the Athletic Trainer for Charles Henderson’s football team. Watson plans to attend Troy University in the fall.