Area athletes receive scholarship money from organization

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 24, 2017

The Miss-Lou Chapter of the National Football Foundation awarded seven high school seniors a total of $11,000 worth of scholarships at its 36th annual banquet Thursday night at Hotel Vue.

NFF Miss-Lou chapter president Joe Willis said it was a special night.

“We’ve got a great group of seniors this year,” he said. “We are fortunate that we can get out and fund these scholarships.”

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The first place winner was Sim ‘Cole’ Mosby from Trinity Episcopal School and was awarded $3,000.

While maintaining his 3.96 GPA, Mosby played on the Saints’ offensive line, as a long snapper and as a linebacker on defense.

During his junior year at Trinity, he earned honors as MAIS All-District First-Team in football and basketball. Mosby also took home the MAIS State Tennis Championship in No. 1 singles.

Mosby will attend Ole Miss in the fall and said he would like to study accounting.

“It means the hard work and dedication to athletics and academics paid off,” Mosby said. “It really means a lot.”

Taking home the second place prize was Davis Sharp from Adams County Christian School, collecting $2,250.

Sharp led the Rebels to an appearance in the state championship game as the quarterback during his senior season and maintains a 4.0 GPA.

There was a tie between Robert ‘Lee’ Lancaster from Delta Charter and John Ashton Hicks from Cathedral for the third place award. Each student took home a $1,750 scholarship.

Zavier JonTerrian Davis from Ferriday High, Elbert ‘Mo’ Lyles Jr. from Natchez High and Jordan Mays from Vidalia High each received a $1,000 scholarship.

The NFF also recognized seven area junior high and middle school athletes. They are Yohan Thompson from ACCS, Aiden Alexander Whitaker from Cathedral, Steven ‘Luke’ Roberson from Delta Charter, Vincent Hollins Jr. from Ferriday, Joshua Lamont Trask Jr. from Robert Lewis Magnet School, Desanto C. Rollins from Trinity and Blair Collins Burchfield from Vidalia.

Two additional awards were presented during the night.

‘The Contributions to Amateur Football’ award was given to Bishop Robert L. Cade and ‘The Distinguished American Award’ was awarded to Freddie Sandel.