By Amalia Kortright, For The Tribune
TRUSSVILLE — Many Hewitt-Trussville High School students were recognized for their athletic, academic and artistic achievements at the Trussville Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 23.
The HTMS Baseball Team was recognized by the board for their win in the 7A State Championship in Montgomery. The baseball team won their first state baseball title in their school’s history and set a school record, with 36 wins and 11 losses.
They also received proclamations commending them from the City of Trussville and Governor Robert Bentley.
“This community is awesome to play and live in, because of all the support you receive,” said coach Jeff Mauldin. “We hope to continue the success we have here.”
Several students were also recognized for their successes in the 7A AHSAA State Championships for Track and Field. Colin LaFon now holds the title of Wheel Chair Shot Put State Champion, Wheel Chair Javelin State Champion, Wheel Chair 100 mm Dash State Champion and is the state record holder of all events in the Wheel Chair Division.
Noah Igbinoghene is also the state record holder and state champion for the Long Jump. Ben Knox also holds the title for state champion and state record holder for the 1,600 mm Run.
HTHS students from the Hewitt-Trussville Engineering Academy placed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix Arizona. Travis Gunn and Eli Greene won 3rd place in the Physical Energy Category for their project, Renewable Power Trekking Pole for Green Electric Generation in Extreme Outdoor Locations. There were 350 projects submitted in their division, and 1,800 projects submitted overall. According to superintendent Pattie Neill, this is the third time in three years that students have placed in this competition.
Three students from the Entrepreneurship class in the Academy of Business and Finance placed out of 200 participants in the Junior Achievement of Alabama Business Plan Challenge. Carlee Bennett, Emily Leonard and Jarrod Turnbow represent two of the six projects that were selected for the final round. As finalists, these students will also have the opportunity to attend the Junior Achievement Spirit of Free Enterprise Luncheon.
Twelve members of HTHS Future Business Leaders of America placed in the top four spots in several events at the FBLA State Leadership Conference. All students who placed have qualified for nationals.
Several students won scholarships based on their artistic talents. Brailey Busby received the University of Montevallo Joan-Gregg Art Scholarship, Sarah Cork received the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Art Scholarship and Laura Smith was the recipient of the Jefferson State Community College Art Scholarship.
Two students also placed in the Alabama Visual Arts Achievement Program District Exhibition. Jessica Gagliano won 1st place for 2D Design, and Juan Campbell won 1st place for 3D Design.
Daniel Hernandez also won 1st place in the Mixed Media Division of the Shelby County Arts Council High School Art Exhibition. Noemi Vogel was the 1st place winner overall in the Eastern Women’s Committee of 50 District Exhibition.
The first class of students to receive their volunteer firefighter certification were also recognized.
“It’s a very special night for recognitions,” said Trussville City Schools Superintendent Patty Neill.