Braden Pyron named state winner

Marion County High School’s Braden Pyron was named the state winner for the Wendy’s High School Heisman.
Pyron has been named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State teams for football (twice), baseball (once) and track and field (four times).
On the football field, Pyron was named a team captain, a three-time All-Northwest Alabama Conference selection, two-time All-Marion County team selection and four times as a member of the All-Journal Record football team.
Pyron batted .505 last season as he was named to the all-state baseball team. He is also a two-time All-Journal Record selection and three-time All-Journal Record honorable mention.
Pyron has been named All-Section 4 (four times), All-Marion County (three times) and All-Northwest Alabama Conference (four times) as a member of the track and field team.
His track and field squad has won a state championship and been a state runner-up twice with Pyron earning an individual gold medal in pole vault, two silver medals in javelin and a bronze medal in both discus and pole vault.
Pyron has a state final four appearance in basketball, along with being named to the Northwest Regional All-Tournament Team, all-area four times, All-Marion County three times, All-Northwest Alabama Conference, All-Journal Record two times and as an All-Journal Record honorable mention.
Pyron also eclipsed the 2,000-point total for his career and was named a Red Raider team captain.
The senior maintains a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) and is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes president, Student Government Association and Beta Club vice president, Educational Talent Search and senior class president and the senior class favorite.
Pyron is the son of Blaine and Valarie Pyron. He has three siblings in Riley, Caroline and Griffin.
The Red Raider senior advanced to the third phase of the scholarship contest when the national finalists were named on Thursday, Nov. 8. Two national finalists--one senior male and one senior female--were selected from the five regions of the Wendy’s High School Heisman. (Alabama falls in Region 5.)
For applicants to be eligible, the student-athletes must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 (B average) or better, and also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community, according to the award’s website.
The process requires six phases, including the two steps following the state winners phase. The award ceremony was held on Saturday, Dec. 8, and was aired on ESPN.
The scholarship program was created in 1994 by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, who dropped out of high school when he was 15 to work full-time. After returning to school and receiving his General Equivalency Diploma (GED), Thomas created a partnership with the Heisman Trophy Trust to launch the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship.
School winners
Brilliant, Hamilton, Marion County and Winfield each had school winners.
Brilliant’s Shelby Starnes, Hamilton High School’s Lydia Bentley and Josh McDaniel, Marion County High School’s Madison Norris and Winfield City High School’s Andrea Harbin and Landon Hinshaw were named school winners.


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