By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
It’s a testament to hard work and dedication when a student-athlete not only excels on the field of competition, but also performs well in the classroom. For all of that hard work, recent WC grads Lee Mudd and Joe Joe Simms were presented academic scholarships from the Washington County football boosters last week.
The boosters present a $500 annual award to a Commander player who displays a continued level of excellence during their years of study, as well as their time in uniform.
“Football players go beyond what is required of a regular Washington County High School student,” said boosters president Kevin Riney. “The extra effort that they provide enrichs the high school experience for everyone involved - players, coaches, parents, students, faculty and the community.”
Mudd and Simms finished their high school academic careers with the same GPA. The pair also ended their Commander gridiron careers by receiving honorable mentions in the Kentucky All-State selections last year. Those two factors played a big role in them sharing this award.
Commander head coach Mark Perry presented both Mudd and Simms with framed photos that will hang in a section of the weight room reserved for players who have acheived academic excellence.
“It’s a credit to these young men that we’re hanging their photos today,” said Perry. “If you work hard and you do the right things, you’re going to be successful on and off the field. I’d like to thank the booster club for their support and the community for supporting the boosters.”
Simms will be attending Mid-Continent University this fall. For more on Simms, see page B1.
Mudd will start classes at the University of Kentucky today, where he plans to major in engineering.
“Sports was fun, but it’s either full-time sports or full-time education, and I chose education,” he said. “Hopefully, after I graduate, I’ll try to work with the state. It could be civil engineering, road work or mechanical. It depends on a lot of stuff. But that’s four years down the road, I have to get through one first.”