The Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Program announced its 2019 region and state honorees last month. Elmore County was represented by Madison Traylor and Jamie Singleton at the annual banquet after the two were named as the Class 4A Region 3 winners prior to the event.
“You have 104 of the best student-athletes in the state on that stage,” ECHS principal Wes Rogers said. “They look at everything you do and at your entire resume so getting that recognition was great for them. That was great for our school, our community and our entire culture here.”
Traylor, who played basketball and volleyball throughout her career at Elmore County, was nominated by the high school’s administration for the scholar-athlete award. She was named the region winner and was also awarded as the state winner for 4A.
“It was a really big honor, especially because I was nominated by my administration,” Traylor said. “Being up there with the top people from each school and getting the state award was a little surprising but it was a big deal for me.”
During her high school career as an athlete, she was named to the all-state basketball team twice and was named the all-county player of the year in basketball and volleyball. However, Traylor said this recognition meant more to her as she looks to push for her career goals.
“I think that helped my future goals because it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders a little bit,” Traylor said. “Especially on the financial side, it just eases my mind. I feel like I have high expectations for myself going down there.”
Traylor, who is also nominated for the Joe Sewell Award, plans to go to South Alabama for college where she will not pursue a future in athletics. However, she has plans to major in biomedical sciences before going into the Physician’s Assistant master’s program.
Singleton won the achievement award for 4A Region 3 and was honored alongside the rest of the winners at the banquet on April 8. Singleton played basketball, baseball and football for the Panthers during his high school career.
“I’m a pretty average high school athlete so this award is something that means more to me,” Singleton said. “It takes a lot of hard work to maintain your GPA and go out to perform every night on the field or as an athlete.”
Singleton has represented his school as an athlete on several occasions but he said this was a different feeling. He said he understood what it meant to be nominated and winning the award and getting that recognition on a state level was something he could take pride.
“This is a strong senior class and it was tough to narrow it down to just one in each category,” Rogers said. “Both of them have been very impressive academically and how they participate in sports. They’ve been great ambassadors for our school throughout their four years in high school.”