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Sewell nominees named

Staff Report

Four Tallassee seniors are finalists for the Joe Sewell Memorial Award and John Sewell Memorial Scholarship. Four more ninth graders from Tallassee are certificate winners.

The senior finalists are: Chloe Baynes, Woodrow Dean, Belle Haynes and Caleb Mason. The ninth grade honorees are: Camden Mask, Bryson Rigsby, Alli Smith and Rush Wright.


The award was established in 2005 to recognize outstanding high school senior athletes in Elmore County who have consistently represented the highest ideals of Christian leadership. 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 $3,000 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 $1,000 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.

This year’s 18th Annual Joe Sewell Memorial Award banquet will be held Tuesday, May 3, 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.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Jonathan “Bear” Woods, former professional linebacker of the Canadian Football League, and current Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Wetumpka High School. A limited number of advance banquet tickets are available for sale to the public at First Community Bank locations. Tickets will not be available at the door. For more information regarding the award and scholarship program, visit

*Photos courtesy of Chrietzberg Photography


Tallassee High School
Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field
First Baptist Church Tallassee: Children’s Sunday School, Youth Softball Practice, Life-Choice Pregnancy Center § Softball: All-Area, All-Metro, All-State, North-South All-Star, Max-Preps National Freshman of the Year & All-American, County Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Sports Illustrated Magazine Faces in the Crowd § Volleyball: Team Captain § Track and Field:  Sectional Champion § National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, FCA § Scholarship to Auburn University Montgomery § 9th Grade Joe Sewell Certificate Winner § Daughter of Mark and Michelle Baynes

Tallassee High School
Bethlehem East Baptist Church: Children’s Church Helper, Glow Ministry Team Member § Track: All-State Team, State 5A Champion & Runner Up, All-Montgomery Metro Team & Runner of the Year, Section 5A Champion, AHSAA North-South All Star Race-1st Place, AHSAA Runner Spotlight, 2nd Place MileSplit National Performer of the Week, 5K record in 3 state venues, 3rd fastest 5K in Alabama § Beta Club, National Honor Society § Scholarships to Cornerstone University, Samford University, University of Alabama, Liberty University § 9th Grade Joe Sewell Certificate Winner § Son of Larry and Onilda Dean

Tallassee High School
Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field
Beulah Baptist Church: VBS Volunteer, TRIBES Participant, Operation Christmas Child § Softball: Team Captain, All-State, All-Metro, All-County, All-State Terrific 20, North-South Team § Volleyball: Team Captain § Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete § Volunteer with Food Pantry, Math & Physics tutor, Life-South Blood Drive § Mu Alpha Theta, FCA, Key Club, SGA Officer, Spanish Club § Scholarships to University of South Alabama, Auburn University, University of Alabama, UAB, Samford University, Southern Union Community College § 9th Grade Joe Sewell Certificate Winner § Daughter of Dana and Beth Haynes

Tallassee High School
Baseball, Cross Country, Soccer
East Tallassee Baptist Church: D3 Youth Conference,  M-Fuge Camps in Georgia and Alabama, VBS and Church Nursery Volunteer § Cross Country: State Qualifier, Top 10 Finisher at 5A Sectionals § National Honor Society Committee Chair, National Honor Society for High School Scholars, Mu Alpha Theta, FCA Leader, FFA, Fishing Team, Choral Program, Tallassee Elementary School After School Program Volunteer § Scholarships to Southern Union State Community College, Auburn University § 9th Grade Joe Sewell Certificate Winner § Son of Brad and Deborah Mason