Rotary Academic All-Stars Named, Chief Justice Encourages Students To Follow God

May 12, 2017

The Atmore Rotary Club recognized 132 area high school students as Academic All-Stars Thursday night as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court encouraged the students to follow God.

The Academic All-Star program is open to students who attend Northview High School, Atmore Christian School, Escambia County High School or Escambia Academy. To be named an Academic All-Star, a student must have maintained at least a B average in every subject for each grading period of the school year, with at least one A for each grading period.

Those who have maintained this status from the 9th through the 12th grades, were honored as Four-Year Academic All-Stars (pictured top) and received a scholarship.

The Randolph B. Luttrell, Sr.Scholarship, valued at $2,000, was presented to Jade Adams of Escambia County High School. The  Mary Joyner Grissett Memorial Scholarship, also for $2,000, was presented to Zian Young of Escambia County High School.

All total, more than $17,000 in scholarships were awarded by the Atmore Rotary Club Thursday night at the First Baptist Church of Atmore.

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Guest speaker for the event was Atmore native Lyn Stuart, who was appointed April 26 by Gov. Kay Ivey  as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Stuart was first elected as a member of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000.

“I want you to know that you can do anything that you want to do with God’s help,” Stuart said as she related her personal story of growing up in Atmore to becoming chief justice. “It does not matter where you are from or who your family is, whether you are rich or poor….with God’s help you can do anything you want to do.”

“It is never too late to have goals or make plans,” she said.

“You need to ask God for help with whatever plans or goals you may have, and you need to allow Him to help you get through the tough times in life,” Stuart continued before reading from Philippians 4.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you,” the Chief Justice read from the Bible.

“Have high visions; have high goals,” Stuart said. “I wish you the best, the very, very best…with God’s help, you can accomplish anything you can dream.”

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Those honored as Atmore Rotary Club Academic All Stars were:

(Four-Year Academic All-Stars are denoted with asterisks)


Ninth Grade
Lylia Albritton

Tenth Grade
Kyle Hostetler

Eleventh Grade
Kamryn Mothershed
Jasmina Stahly

Twelfth Grade
Grace Terry
Kia Zundel


Ninth Grade
James Koons
Bryant Quimby
Anna Ruth Smith
Gaines Tanner

Tenth Grade
Jabe Dawe
Lexie Hollinger
Mary Thompson Lancaster
Raeven Ramer

Eleventh Grade
Jackson Breckenridge
Andrew Howell
Anna Kathryn Rolin
Austin Williams
Brandy Wooten

Twelfth Grade
Carson Barnett
Eli Godwin*
Paolo Gorme
Kainoa Gumapac
Kalynn Johnson
Bailey Lancaster *
Trae Lee
Abby Smith*


Ninth Grade
Shelby Bartley
Angel Bouler
Kayley Johnson
Trevon Lambert
Taliyah Leslie
Shelton McKenzie
Amber Phillips
Joshua Richardson
Nakieyah Robinson
Calvin Stots
James Wilson
Ladarious Wilson

Tenth Grade
Christiara Jones
Jasmine Rivers
Johnika Roberts
Olivia Simmons
Adonis Williams

Eleventh Grade
Lazarrian Boykin
Destiny Freemon
ShaDiamond Harris
Josaline Hollinger
Kristen Gore
Nylah Knight
Terriana McNeil
Zaria Smith
Adrienne Tedder
LaDasia Willis
Keyaira Wilson

Twelfth Grade
Jade Adams*
David Albert IV
Gabe Bennett
Jadajah Bright
Chille’ Ford*
Tydaiza Gamble
Tyranie Henderson *
DerikKidd *
Triston Knott
Hannah Martin
Melea McGhee
Justin Pearson *
Kettrick Reynolds
Wil’neshia Robinson
Ariel Whatley *
Derrion Williams
Ziah Young


Ninth Grade
Addison Claire Albritton
William Milton Beach
Keaton Adam Brown
Lacie Elizabeth Carter
Karlee’ Nicole Criswell
Jackson Thomas Edwards
Ashlan Kaile Harigel
Anna Christine King
Abigayil O. Mascaro
Kayla Marie McKillion
Charleigh Elaine Parham
Kinzie Brooke Rackard
Savannah Nicole Roley
Marissa Denae Rothrock
Keaton Alan Solmonson
Savannah Grace Spence
Bailey Anna Van Pelt
Jace Benjamin Weber
Brianna Shay White

Tenth Grade
Austin Joshua Adams
Lexxi Olivia Baggett
Ashtyn Brooke Carnley
Logan Wade Chavers
Rebecca Nicole Dunn
Dalton Dewayne Hamilton
Seth Hammac Killam
Gabrielle Faith Kline
Tanner Brett Levins
Hannah Grace McGahan
Sara Delaney Reynolds
Valen Taylor Shelly
Madison Alyssa Sherouse

Eleventh Grade
Anna Belle Barberree
Dawson Christophe Brown
Jarrod Latrell Davison
Jason Riley Fischer
Austin Laine Ging
Orelbis Oscar Rodriguez
Fisher Logan Spence
Hunter Ashton Spence
Natasha Nykeria Walk€r
Destiny McKenna Watson
Madison Skye White
Tara Faith Windham

Twelfth Grade
Victoria Anne Amerson
Natalie Grace Barrow
Alyssa Marie Bell
Alyssa Brianna Borelli *
De’asia Ja’shay Fountain
Mallory Olivia Gibson
Emily Michelle Heard *
Adrian Daniel King
Brandon Edward Korinchak *
Shyla Nicole Pope
Zachary Chase Sheldon
Mitchell James Singleton *
Brianna Morgan Smith *
Jessica Lauren Stacey
David Conrad Weber *
Hadley Marie Woodfin * photos, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Rotary Academic All-Stars Named, Chief Justice Encourages Students To Follow God”

  1. paul on May 13th, 2017 8:01 pm

    I’m good with being the person my dog thinks I am ;)

  2. RASHEED jACKSON on May 12th, 2017 6:21 pm

    Wow! With all the negativity that young people hear, this is a breath of fresh air to breath life into a group of hard working and determined young people. It is great to hear someone telling our youth they are responsible for their life and can accomplish anything with Gods help. No words about the establishment being against you and holding you back. Nothing but positive reinforcement to help propel them into the future. As a parent of Rotary Academic All-stars I would like to say a big thank you to all the people that make this possible each year, and thank you Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart for taking the time and not being afraid to speak with conviction.

  3. LIZ FILLINGIM on May 12th, 2017 11:37 am

    It is so good to see all these wonderful students who Love GOD ,and are going to be Great Leaders one day. .

  4. anne 1of2 on May 12th, 2017 11:34 am

    These young people give us some great hope for the future!

  5. The Baggetts on May 12th, 2017 6:35 am

    This event was a class-act. How wonderful to have something so nice in our area that recognizes the hard work that these students have performed. Chief Justice Stuart was an impeccable speaker who never did even have to look at her notes, and her comments were encouraging and uplifting. Thank you to the local businesses who helped to sponsor this event and to the Atmore Rotary Club.

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