Speaking in front of large crowds isn’t an easy task to do.
And Colton Campbell will be the first to confirm it.
“I can admit that it does get easier as I go, but I am still not one for public speaking,” Campbell said at the ninth annual Joe Sewell Memorial Awards. “I was a little nervous, definitely.”
On Tuesday night, the Holtville senior and Carter Singleton were selected as the 2013 overall winners at the Elmore County banquet, which recognizes the most outstanding Christian athletes and leaders.
The award was the latest on the long list of honors Campbell has already received. He was a Wendy’s Heisman local winner and claimed the Class 4A Bryant-Jordan regional and divisional awards, too.
“This is really special because it’s local,” said the 18-year-old, who has a 4.12 GPA and plans to study math at Washington and Lee University. “There are so many people I know who are involved with it; that’s what kind of sets it apart.”
For Singleton, public speaking was a breeze. She thanked members of her inner circle during her brief acceptance speech after becoming the fifth student-athlete recipient from Elmore County High School.
“This is a huge honor for me,” said Singleton, who plans to attend Auburn to study chemical engineering. “I never expected to even be nominated for something like this, so it means a lot to me. I think it means a lot to my family, my community and the people who helped raised me.”
However, the 17-year-old did a have her moment of nervousness when they announced the winners before a sold out audience at Wetumpka Civic Center.
“You just kind of blanked out,” said Singleton, who had a 4.2 GPA. “There weren’t many thoughts; I was just happy, overwhelmed and surprised that it was me.”
The overall winners received a plaque and a $2,500 scholarship, while category recipients took home $750. The award serves to honor the legacy of Sewell, an Elmore County native who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.