Southside High senior Haden Ryals last week was named the Class 5A, Region 5 winner of the 2014 Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Award for Student Achievement.
Ryals, who was one of eight 5A region winners and 48 state winners, is eligible for the overall student achievement award to be given out on Apr. 14 in Birmingham.
Each student selected was nominated by their respective high schools. A committee of school principals chose the area winners and a committee of school administrators in each region then selected the regional winners. The overall and class winners will be selected by a statewide committee comprised of school administrators and state business leaders.
Each regional winner will receive $2,500 scholarship and each class winners an additional $3,000 scholarship. The overall Larry D. Striplin, Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award and the overall Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Achievement Award state winners will receive an additional $3,000 each.
Regional winners are also eligible to receive several other scholarships that will be awarded by 14 Alabama four-year colleges and 14 Alabama community colleges participating in program. In addition, each school that has an individual classification winner will receive a $2,000 cash award.