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Wisener, Tyes Named Top 2015 Bryant-Jordan Winners

        BIRMINGHAM – Douglas High School’s Isabella Hope Wisener and Calera High School’s ShaKeith Tyes were named the overall winners at the 30th annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel as 104 high school regional honorees were recognized and awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships.
        Wisener, a senior cross country, tennis and basketball standout, was the recipient of the Larry D. Striplin, Jr., Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Tyes, a standout running back and Calera’s career rushing leader, received the Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Student Achievement Athlete of the Year Award.
        The program, named in honor of the late coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama and Ralph "Shug" Jordan of Auburn, recognized 52 regional scholar-athlete winners selected for their excellence in athletics and academics and 52 achievement winners chosen for their ability to overcome major obstacles during their high school careers.
          “This is such an honor. I want to thank my family, my teachers, my coaches and my friends and the Bryant-Jordan Foundation,” Wisener said. Her secret to success, she added, “is I study a lot when I am in the car or on a trip and I try not to procrastinate too much. I am a very competitive person.”
          Wisener, served as the Eagles’ tennis team captain and led her doubles team to the 2014 state finals. Wisener was also named MVP of Douglas’ cross country team the last two seasons. She has a full academic scholarship to attend Birmingham Southern College. A Wendy’s Heisman state finalist, she has been enrolled in the dual-enrollment program at Snead State Community College and was named a Marshall County outstanding scholar-athlete.
        Ranked first in his class of 110, Wisener has a 102.32 grade-point average on a 100 scale. She is serving as Douglas High School SGA as treasurer this school year and was secretary in 2013-14. She is also a member of the math team, serves on the yearbook staff, is an officer in numerous other school clubs and was inducted into the National Honor Society.
        Tyes has overcome many family struggles to become one of the most accomplished student-athletes in Calera history. He faced each challenge with tenacity and courage. An outstanding football, basketball and track standout, Tyes has earned the respect of teammates, coaches, teachers and classmates alike.
         Described by coaches as possessing a “heart of gold,” Tyes worked hard in the classroom to overcome some learning disabilities and is now a solid student who has earned the admiration of his teachers.  He finished his senior football season as Calera’s all-time leader in rushing yards, yards per carry, touchdowns and total yards. His career rushing total ranks in the top 15 in the AHSAA.
       “I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for my family, my coaches, my teachers and my teammates,” Tyes said. He plans to attend a community college in Kansas on football scholarship next fall.
        Coach Wiley McKeller, Tyes’ football coach, said “ShaKeith is that kid other kids needs to know about. He finds a way to work through every challenge.”
       Wisener and Tyes were each awarded scholarships totaling $8,500. Each regional winner received $2,500 and each class winner an additional $3,000. The state winners also received an additional $3,000. Approximately $10 million has been distributed to student-athletes through the Bryant-Jordan Program since its inception in 1986.

        Class winners in the Scholar-Athlete division were: Lauren Kois, Brilliant (1A); Tyler Phillips, Goshen (2A); Judson “Keith” Hunt, Jr., Winfield (3A); John Truman “J.T.” Hill, Cherokee County (4A); Isabella Wisener, Douglas (5A); Aaron “Max” Erbe, Florence (6A); and Caleb Casolaro, Fairhope.
        Class winners in the Student Achievement division included: Phillip Cook, Winterboro (1A); Noah Cobb, Samson (2A); Hope Bishop, Glencoe (3A); William Chandler, Wilson (4A); ShaKeith Tyes, Calera (5A); Easton Gorman, Fort Payne (6A); and William “Ward” Webb, Mountain Brook (7A).

        Several special scholarships were also presented to some of the regional winners, including:

        Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Coaching Scholarship: William Chandler, Wilson; Alabama “A” Club Educational & Charitable Foundation Scholarships: (Achievement) Hope Bishop, Glencoe; (Scholar) J.T. Hill, Cherokee County; Auburn Football Lettermen Club Scholarships: Sydney Meadows, Horseshoe Bend and Kylee Carter, Beauregard; Dr. Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholarship: Jillian Tinglin, Montgomery Academy.
        One new scholarship program was started this year: United Methodist Children’s Home Scholarship. The 2015 recipients of the two $2,500 scholarships were Amber Uptain of Maplesville and Zachary Simbeck of Lauderdale County, each Student Achievement Award regional winners in Class 1A and Class 3A, respectively.

       The complete list of regional winners honored Monday night were:

2015 Bryant-Jordan Student Acievement Regional Winners
CLASS 1A         
Region 1:
MacKenzie Grace, Kinston
Region 2:
Adriauna Alston, Linden
Region 3:
Amber Uptain, Maplesville
Region 4:
Phillip Cook, Winterboro
Region 5:
Nathan Young, Hubbertville
Region 6:
Mallary Guthrie, Meek
Region 7:
Sarah Avans, Skylinje
Region 8:
Kate Fortenberry, Athens Bible
CLASS 2A         
Region 1:
Trey Garris, Leroy
Region 2:
Noah Cobb, Samson
Region 3:
Donta’ Hall, Luverne
Region 4:
MarKiece Williams, Reeltown
Region 5:
Brittany Snyder, Fayetteville
Region 6:
Carissa Barrios, Cleveland
Region 7:
Michael Warner, Ider
Region 8:  
Chelsea Dewberry, Cherokee
CLASS 3A         
Region 1:
Catherine Wiggins, Excel
Region 2:
Timothy Skipper, Abbeville
Region 3:
Nicole Hoots, Prattville Christian
Region 4:
Ty Herron, Lamar County
Region 5:
Max Erb, Winfield
Region 6:
Hope Bishop, Glencoe
Region 7:
Keely Ellison, Pisgah
Region 8:
Zack Simbeck, Lauderdale County
CLASS 4A         
Region 1:
Carly Brooks, Ashford
Region 2:
Carter Rief, LAMP
Region 3:
Levi Warren, Elmore County
Region 4:
Mikailah Good, Oak Grove
Region 5:
Chandler Gann, Carbon Hill
Region 6:
Brady Williams, Crossville
Region 7:
Jesse Overton, Haleyville
Region 8:
William Chandler, Wilson
CLASS 5A         
Region 1:
Robert Henderson, Jr., Escambia County
Region 2:
Chase Smartt, Charles Henderson
Region 3:
Kirklin McWhorter, Tallassee
Region 4:
Shakeith, Tyes, Calera
Region 5:
Juan Waters, A.H. Parker
Region 6:
Dontrez Green, Mortimer Jordan
Region 7:
Conner Parrish, Boaz
Region 8:
Breanna Peeples, East Limestone
CLASS 6A         
Region 1:
Tyler Brentzel, Spanish Fort
Region 2:
Benjamin Dowd, Northview
Region 3:
Whitley Bailey, Benjamin Russell
Region 4:
Ethan Howard, Brookwood
Region 5:
Samantha “Sammie” LaBeau, Chelsea
Region 6:
Terelle West, Clay-Chalkville
Region 7:
Easton Gorman, Fort Payne
Region 8:
Devin Sanders, Decatur
CLASS 7A         
Region 1:
Chris Dillon, Foley
Region 2:
Zach Higman, Prattville
Region 3:
Ward Webb, Mountain Brook
Region 4:
Ryan Sivak, Grissom

2015 Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Regional Winners
CLASS 1A         
Region 1:
Jared Alan Moss, Fruitdale
Region 2:
Ashley Ballard, McKenzie
Region 3:
Kacie Adams, Isabella
Region 4:
Kasey Gamble, Victory Christian
Region 5:
Brock Belcher, Shades Mountain Christian
Region 6:
Lauren Kois, Brilliant
Region 7:
Kelsi Lynn Sisk, Woodville
Region 8:
Tyler Crumpton, Phillips
CLASS 2A         
Region 1:
Tripp Vickery, Flomaton
Region 2:
Matthew Logan Skinner, Geneva County
Region 3:
Tyler Phillips, Goshen
Region 4:
Sydney Meadows, Horseshoe Bend
Region 5:
John David Jacobs, Woodland
Region 6:
Trent Tatum, Cleveland
Region 7:
Carly Westermoreland, Addison
Region 8:
Katie Clemons, Mars Hill Bible
CLASS 3A         
Region 1:
Amanda Jillian Daher, Geneva
Region 2:
Nathaniel “Nate” Robinson, Slocomb
Region 3:
Jillian Tinglin, Montgomery Academy
Region 4:
Nate Freeman, Fultondale
Region 5:
Judson Keith Hunt, Jr., Winfield
Region 6:
Ali Porter, Westbrook Christian
Region 7:
Will Cole, Sand Rock
Region 8:  
Sydney Homan, Madison Academy
CLASS 4A         
Region 1:
Robert M. Hope III, UMS-Wright
Region 2:
Anna Curles, Trinity Presbyterian
Region 3:
Morgan Tew, Elmore County
Region 4:
Shane Adams, Handley
Region 5:
Blake Foster, Locust Fork
Region 6:
John “J.T.” Hill, Cherokee County
Region 7:
Connar Franklin, Hamilton
Region 8:
Zachary “Zack” Phillips, Wilson
CLASS 5A         
Region 1:
William “Will” Pickard, St. Paul’s Episcopal
Region 2:
James “Trey” Tate III, Rehobeth
Region 3:
Kylee Carter, Beauregard
Region 4:
Braxton Stokes, Calera
Region 5:
Blaine Kilgore, Corner
Region 6:
Thomas R. Powers, Moody
Region 7:
Isabella Wisener, Douglas
Region 8:
Elizabeth Lopez, St. John Paul II Catholic
CLASS 6A         
Region 1:
Jordan T. Hess, Robertsville
Region 2:
Holly M. Baker, Northview
Region 3:
Abrianna Fornis, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
Region 4:
Kyle Stuart, Northridge
Region 5:
Charles “Chase” Kelly III, Homewood
Region 6:
Hasan Sadiq Abdulla, Clay-Chalkville
Region 7:
Lindsey Elizabeth Hindsman, Southside-Gadsden
Region 8:
Max Erbe, Florence
CLASS 7A         
Region 1:
Caleb Casolaro, Fairhope
Region 2:
Savanna Cooper, Prattville
Region 3:
Jake Colburn, Tuscaloosa  County
Region 4:
Cameron Andrew Thomas, Grissom