Striplin, who has signed to play faculty basketball on the College of Tennessee, is simply the second Wiregrass participant among the many 34 general winners to be honored with the coveted award. Eufaula’s Gwen Jackson was the winner in 1998.
“I’m simply overwhelmed with gratitude and honored,” Striplin stated.
Tuesday’s 25-minute ceremony featured remarks by Geneva County athletic director JimBob Striplin, Geneva County principal Ashley Sanders, Birdsong in addition to Thomas, Olive and Jamie Lee of the Alabama Excessive College Athletic Affiliation.
Throughout her acceptance speech, she thanked the AHSAA, the Alabama Sports activities Writers Affiliation, Alfa, Geneva County faculty directors and her coaches, each at Geneva County and together with her AAU group, the Alabama Southern Starz, as nicely these in the neighborhood plus these in attendance, together with native media. She particularly thanked her household and primarily her mother and father and coaches, Karie and JimBob Striplin.
She concluded, “Thanks to my family and friends and everybody for being right here at present. I couldn’t be extra excited and all of the glory goes to God,” Striplin stated.
She wasn’t the one one emotional throughout Tuesday ceremony.
Her mother and head coach Karie Striplin was seen with misty eyes, whereas her dad/assistant coach JimBob Striplin listened attentively as his daughter acquired the award.