Students vying for Achiever Award

Published 11:23 am Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Student-athletes from across the county will be honored May 5 at the 19th annual Achiever Award banquet.

A limited number of tickets remain for the banquet, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Greenville’s First Baptist Church. The deadline to purchase tickets, which cost $20 and are available at the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, is May 2 at noon.

The Achiever Award recognizes top student-athletes from area schools who not only excel in the classroom and on the playing field, but are also involved in church and the community.

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Student-athletes from Fort Dale Academy, Georgiana School, Greenville High School and McKenzie School will be recognized, and two students – a male and a female – will walk away with a $1,500 scholarship.

Georgiana’s Matthew Sheffield and Fort Dale Academy’s Ashton Scott received the 18th annual Achiever Awards.

This year’s nominees include Richard Boggan, Georgiana School; Jabreena Brantley, Greenville High School; Mary Claire Carlton, Fort Dale Academy; Anjoy Castleberry, Fort Dale Academy; A’yana Cook, Greenville High School; Maurlan Dickerson, Fort Dale Academy; Caison Elliot, Fort Dale Academy; Eboni Etheridge, Greenville High School; Mary Glenn Fuller, McKenzie School; Stephen Hartley, Fort Dale Academy; Charli Hood, Fort Dale Academy; Rachel Jackson, Fort Dale Academy; Kendall Lambert, Fort Dale Academy; Joe Maxwell, Greenville High School; Skilar Moorer, Greenville High School; Paige Odom, McKenzie School; Cody Parker, Fort Dale Academy; Danielle Scott, McKenzie School; Tucker Shipp, McKenzie School; Winston Sims, Greenville High School; Portia Thomas, Greenville High School; Austin Vickery, Fort Dale Academy; and Austin Weathers, McKenzie School.

The keynote speaker for this year’s banquet will be Hoover High School head football coach Josh Niblett.

Niblett has distinguished himself as one of the top football coaches in the state during his career, which spans nearly two decades.

He owns a 171-43 record all-time as head coach at Oneonta High School, Oxford High School and Hoover, according to records compiled by the Alabama High School Football Historical Society.

He has led his teams to the postseason in 15 of his 16 years as a head coach and has won five state titles.

During his eight years at Hoover, Niblett and the Bucs have won 91 percent of their contests.  Under Niblett’s leadership, the Bucs have also dominated out-of-state competition, posting a 9-3 mark.

Niblett, who lettered three years at the University of Alabama for head coach Gene Stallings and was a member of the 1992 national championship team, has coached in the Under Armour All-American game, the Marines Semper Fidelis All-American game, the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game and the Alabama High School Athletic Association North-South All-Star game. He owns a perfect 7-0 mark in all-star contests.

Niblett, who was a two-time all-state quarterback at Demopolis Academy, is also a two-time coach of the year. The Alabama Sports Writers Association named Niblett coach of the year in 2004 following his state championship at Oneonta and in 2011 following his fourth season at Hoover when he guided the Bucs to a 13-2 record and a runner-up finish in Class 6A.

“We are excited to have coach Josh Niblett as our guest speaker,” said Francince Wasden, executive director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. “I think the job he does in the Hoover School System stands for itself. He is a winner on and off the field and so are his players. I am very impressed with his mission.”

For more information or to purchase tickets call (334) 382-3251.