It's time for another edition of 3 Cheers. It's my regular series on unique athletes, coaches, and teams.
You can't get any more unique than the special talent assembled Monday in Jackson. It's the 22nd annual Lindy Callahan Scholarship Awards.
Sixteen stellar students received 15 hundred dollars towards their college ambitions.
Randy Townsend plays football and baseball at Ridgeland with a 3.9 GPA.
Pearl's Kaelyn Thompson also on the doorstep of a 4.0. She juggled hoops, volleyball, and track. "With my parents and my coach, it was necessary. There is no bad grades when you play basketball for Coach Kennedy or when you have my parents. Out of so many people, you are selected as the best of the best. And with the scholarship you can do a lot, like you can go a long way."
We profiled Kelly Bator back in 2014. She was the first lady to play football in Meridian High history. The trailblazer on the gridiron is heading to Oxford.
"Lindy Callahan actually played football at Meridian High. So to be able to be honored by someone as great as him, and I'm going to Ole Miss where he played, it's such a great honor. I can't even explain how great it is. My biggest thing is just to show girls that nothing can hold you back no matter what."
Corbin Blanchard was one of Myles Brennan's many targets at Saint Stanislaus. The Bernard Blackwell All-Star will play pigskin at the Air Force Academy.
"The spring of my junior year, they came and saw me. And then a month later they called me on the phone and offered me a scholarship and a place there. Then I had to do all of my admissions, I had to put in some hard work there, write some essays and stuff like that, so it wasn't just as easy as signing."
North Pike's Ryan Ivey competed in four sports and also served missions in the United States and Haiti. "The simple things in life can change somebody's point of view of you or the point of view of life. The same with sports. Simple things like hey, good job, hey you got this. It make somebody's day, makes someone want to pursue something better for themselves and what they already have."
This year's award also bestowed on a homecoming queen: Loyd Star golf and soccer standout Courtney Wyant. "I learned that it's okay, failures are inevitable. It's how you pick yourself up and how you go forward after that failure. You build your success upon your failures."
How about 3 Cheers to a group of scholars that excel in the classroom, sports, and life.
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
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