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Sewell finalists announced


The Board of Directors of the Joe Sewell Memorial Award and John Sewell Memorial Scholarship have released the names of its 2024 Senior Finalists.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the award, which was established in 2005 to recognize outstanding high school senior athletes in Elmore County who have consistently represented the highest ideals of Christian leadership.  Scholarships totaling $19,000 will be awarded this year. Each year, one male and one female senior from Elmore County high schools are chosen for the top honor – the Joe Sewell Memorial Award and $3,500 John Sewell Scholarship.  Male and female category winners are also selected for academics, athletics, leadership, and church, community, and character, with each category winner receiving a $1,500 scholarship. The Joe Sewell Memorial Award is the only program of its kind in the River Region that presents scholarship money in conjunction with the awards to overall and category winners.

Additionally, the award serves to honor the legacy of Joe Sewell, a native of the Titus community who established a very successful baseball career in the Majors from 1920-1933 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.  Sewell’s athletic skill was apparent as he holds two of Major League Baseball’s records including the lifetime record for fewest strikeouts in his 14 year career with only 114 in 7,132 at-bats.  His outstanding character and leadership are qualities that serve as the foundation of this award.  His cousin John Sewell, for whom the top scholarships are named, loved sports and spent much of his free time coaching and helping young people.  Both men left a legacy in Elmore County that youth and adults alike can emulate.

This year’s 20th Annual Joe Sewell Memorial Award banquet will be held Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wetumpka Civic Center.  The 9th grade certificate winners will be recognized at a 4 p.m. ceremony with their families.

Tallassee's 9th grade certificate winners (left to right): Mallory Glass, Abram Whittington, Brue Milner, Marlee Osborne

This year’s keynote speaker will be Coach Charlie Goodyear. Goodyear is the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Performance at Huntingdon College. Coming to Huntingdon in 2004, he created the college’s strength department from its inception, producing 50 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-Americans since 2011. He is tasked with the preparation of more than 500 student-athletes, as well as managing Huntingdon’s two training facilities. Goodyear earned his B.S. in Social Science and Health Science and his M.S. in Adult Education from Troy University. He is married to the former Kyana Neller, a professional ballet dancer and school director of the Alabama River Region Ballet. They have five children: a son and four daughters.

A limited number of advance banquet tickets are available for sale to the public at, an online ticketing website. Tickets will not be available at the door.

The Joe Sewell Board of Directors expresses their appreciation for the consistent generosity of the sponsors whose contributions allow the awarding of the program’s scholarships, as well as the opportunity to celebrate these students’ accomplishments with a formal award event each year. For more information regarding the award and scholarship program, visit


Tallassee Senior Finalists

Richard "Trey" Bosch
Tallassee High School
Soccer, Wrestling

Whitfield Memorial United Methodist, Church Easter Meditation Event, Church Fundraisers and Programs ▪ All County Soccer Honorable Mention ▪ Beta Club, National Honor Society Treasurer, Mu Alpha Theta, Boys State Attendee, Robotics Regional Qualifier/Team Captain, Scholar’s Bowl State Qualifier/Team Captain ▪ Tallassee Chamber Ambassador, US Naval Academy Summer Attendee ▪ Enlisted in Alabama National Guard, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Presidential Scholarship, Neuroscience and Pre-Med ▪ 9th Grade Joe Sewell Certificate Winner ▪ Son of Richard and Rebecca Bosch

Brady Mason
Tallassee High School
Baseball, Cross Country

First Baptist Church Tallassee, FUGE Camps, Strength to Stand Conference, Bible Study/VBS Leader, Nursery/Children’s Activities Volunteer ▪ Baseball Academic, Attitude, and Pitching Awards, State Cross Country Qualifier ▪ National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honor Society, Key Club Vice-President, Leo Club Secretary, Boys State, Scholars Bowl ▪ ACTS (Association of Christians in Tallassee for Service) Volunteer, Blood Drives, Nursing Home and Manna Ministry ▪ Huntingdon College, Baseball, James W. Wilson, Jr. Scholarship, Physical Therapy ▪ 9th Grade Joe Sewell Certificate Winner ▪ Son of Brad and Deborah Mason

Jacob Patterson
Tallassee High School
Baseball, Cross Country, Wrestling

First United Methodist Church Tallassee, VBS, Teach Team, Fall Festival Volunteer, Church Acolyte, Church Ambassador ▪ State Track Qualifier, Wrestling State Runner-Up ▪ National Honor Society, Boys State, Spanish National Honor Society, Leo Club Treasurer, Key Club Treasurer, FCA ▪ Tallassee Chamber Ambassador, Tallassee Youth League Softball Coach ▪ Troy University, Trojan Leadership Scholarship, Sports Management ▪ 9th Grade Joe Sewell Certificate Winner ▪ Son of Kyle Patterson and Amanda Glasscock

Macey Belle Stewart
Tallassee High School

First Baptist Church Tallassee, Small Group Leader, Nursery Volunteer, Church Choir, Operation Christmas Child, FUGE/Strength to Stand Conferences ▪ Swim Team Captain, Player of the Week Honors, Free-Style and Back-Stroke State Championships, State Back Stroke Record Holder ▪ National Honor Society Historian, Mu Alpha Theta, Top 10% Award, FCA, Spanish Club President, Key Club, Leo Club, Student Council Class President, ▪ University of Alabama, Swimming, Presidential Scholarship, Roberts & Mildred Blount Endowed Scholarship, Prestige Scholarship and Presidential Housing Scholarship, Accounting ▪ 9th Grade Joe Sewell Certificate Winner ▪ Daughter of Joe and Joely Stewart