HALEYVILLE - To be selected a Bryant-Jordan honoree is prestigious. Two Haleyville High School seniors have deservingly taken that honor to the next level. Scott McAlpine and Drake Robertson were named 4A area BJ winners and now McAlpine has earned the regional award status in the category of achievement. He is now eligible for the state award.
McAlpine is a well rounded young man in all areas of his life. He has persevered over adversity, accomplishing many honors and goals. At the age of six, he lost his sister to a congenital heart condition. Five years later in the fifth grade, McAlpine was diagnosed with Type I diabetes.
Tragedy struck again when he was a freshman in high school. His beloved father was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. “What should have been the best four years of my life turned into the most difficult days I have ever experience,” Scott wrote in his essay.
Determined to keep moving forward, he has used the hardships as motivation to become “stronger and a more responsible and better person.”
McAlpine said football and baseball provided him with the courage and will to keep going. He credits God and the people in his life from family to teachers, coaches and friends for all the support that has been given him during these years.
His dad passed away in July of 2017, before the start of his junior year in high school.
McAlpine commented that he has been blessed to be a part of HHS athletics and Haleyville High School.
“My mom sent me a quote when she was in Texas with my dad saying, ‘Your character is more important than how good you are at a sport. Your athleticism is only temporary, but your character, the type of person you are, lasts forever,’ ” McAlpine said.
He has not only been successful in sports, as well as being a good community partner, he has excelled in academics. His grade point average is 4.30, ranked 13th in his class.
National Honor Society - grades 10-12
Freshman National Honor Society - Co-President - grade 9
2017 Mac McAlpine Memorial Service and Dedication Award - grade 11
2015 Vice President - Freshman Class
2016 Vice President - Sophomore Class
2017 Nominated for National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine
Football Team 4A Region 8 Champions Football 2016
Baseball Team advanced to semi-finals 2017
2016 Birmingham Sports Writers Association 4A All-State Quarterback - grade 10
2016 First-Team 4A-6A First Team Times Daily Quarterback - grade 10
2017 Pre-Season Times Daily 4A-6A First Team Offense - Quarterback
2017 TimesDaily Pre Season 1st Team Offense
2018 TimesDaily Player of the Week - grade 12
2017 Nominated for National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine - grade 11
Highest Academic MVP Award Football - grades 10-12
Most Improved Offensive Player Football - grade 10
2016 Bobby Lee Long Memorial Award - grade 10
2017 Most Valuable Offensive Player Football - grade 11
2017 HHS Football Permanent Team Captain - grade 11
2018 HHS Football Permanent Team Captain - grade 12
AHSAA Prep Spotlight Football 2016 - 3 times Deshler, Hamilton and
AHSAA Prep Spotlight Football 2017 - Dora
Paradise 92.7 Lion of the Week Grades 10-11-12
2018 Mr. Havala - Teacher Selected and chosen by panel of judges - School’s highest honor
2018 Nominated Times Daily Player of the Week 2 vs Central
2018 Selected TimesDaily Fan of the Week - Week 9 vs Cordova
2018 Volunteer Harvest of Hope Food Pantry - First Baptist Church
2015-2018 passed for career 7,358 yards and 8,000, plus All Purpose Yards
Football career passing percentage 61% completion rate
Completed 582 of 950 career passes, with only 21 Interceptions 0.03%
67 career touchdowns with 51 TD passes and 16 rushing TDs.
McAlpine plans to work toward a degree in dentistry.
He is the son of Beth McAlpine and the late Mac McAlpine.
Robertson, like McAl-pine, is also an active young man, doing well in sports, academics and participating in community activities.
Robertson has a 4.41 GPA.
•Geometry - 9th grade
•History - 9th grade
•Drivers Education -
•Algebra 2 with Trigonometry - 10th grade
•Chemistry - 10th grade
•English - 10th grade and 11th grade
•Health - 10th grade
•Dual Enrollment History - 11th grade
•30 Plus Act Club: 34 composite score
•Selected to Attend Bevill State Torch Competition for Chemistry and Physics
•Scholar Athlete Award: Cross Country Team
•Team Leader Award: Soccer Team
•All “A” Honor Roll: K-12
•Selected to Attend Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference
•Selected to attend Boys State
•Most Outstanding Student: Aerospace Interest Group at Boys State
•Cross Country Section Winner: 2016 and 2017
•State Qualifier in Cross Country: 2015, 2016 and 2017
•Pole Vault School Record Holder
•First Place in 4H Chick Chain
•First Place in VFW Speech Contest
•SGA President: 2018-Present
•SGA Treasurer: 2017-2018
•Senior Class Vice President
•Cross Country: 5 years
•Soccer: 4 years, Team Captain 2017-present
•Scholars Bowl: 5 years, Team Captain 2018-Present
•Track Team: 2 years
•National Honor Society: 2016-Present
•Freshmen Honor Society
•Drafting and Robotics Club
•Spanish Club: Vice President 2017-2018
•NWSCC Educational Talent Search: 2014-Present
Drake is the son of Bobby and Kim Robertson.
The Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Program was created in 1986 by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Alabama High School Athletic Association. It is supervised by the Board of Directors of the Bryant-Jordan Foundation.
The objectives of the program are:
1. To recognize and honor Alabama students who have by ability and effort achieved a level of excellence in the areas of academics and athletics that is commensurate with their potential.
2. To make aware to not only athletes, but all segments of the student population that it is both important and rewarding for them to strive to be the best that they can be. The program motivates and encourages students to achieve this goal.
3. To encourage and promote the involvement and commitment of Alabama corporations and individua-ls in helping improve the academic levels of all students.
The initial scholarship offered by the Bryant-Jordan Program was the scholar athlete scholarship. In 1989 the Achievement Award was created. This award is designed to reward the student-athlete who achieves beyond his/her ability both academically and athletically or who may have overcome some obstacle or hardship to achieve success.
Ninety-six scholarships are awarded annually to deserving high school seniors from schools that are members of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. The program has grown from an $8,000 award program to the present over $800,000.
The banquet and awards ceremony is held each year in April. This school year the 34th banquet is scheduled Monday, April 8, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel Ballroom.
All 104 regional winners will be recognized and honored and the 14 class winners and the two state winners will be announced.
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