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Local athletes nominated for Heisman

By Staff
Kim West
Franklin County Times
HUNTSVILLE – Four Franklin County student-athletes were honored by the Wendy's Heisman program at a ceremony held recently at the Von Braun Civic Center.
Phil Campbell's Alissa Smith and Tate Canida and Russellville's JaLesa Hamilton and Josh Montgomery were nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman, which recognizes high school seniors for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.
"The process has changed, because in the past only a school could nominate a student. But now any student can go to the Heisman award link online and fill out an application, which needs to be confirmed by an counselor or administrator," said Judy Pounders, a guidance counselor for Russellville High School. "The Heisman award isn't just for grades or participation in sports – it's based on involvement in club and leadership activities, too."
Smith, the daughter of Vicki King and Alan Smith, has a 95.7 average and plays basketball and runs track at Phil Campbell. She serves as National Honor Society president, belongs to eight organizations and was voted Best All-Around by her classmates.
Canida, the son of Jerry and Kathy Canida, has a 95.3 average and plays basketball and baseball for the Bobcats. He was voted Most Intelligent and is active in six clubs, including Mu Alpha Theta, FCA and FBLA.
Hamilton, the daughter of Jerome and Kandy Hamilton, has a 95.4 average, plays basketball and serves as head cheerleader at Russellville. Hamilton was named homecoming queen and belongs to several organizations, including National Honor Society and Leadership Committee. She also serves as president of SADD.
Montgomery, the son of Scott and Deborah Montgomery, has a 93.6 average and is an all-area placekicker for the Golden Tigers football team. Montgomery, belongs to numerous clubs at Russellville, including National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Physics Club and Math Club.