Three Faulkner County athletes have received Cliff Garrison Scholarships.
The scholarships are presented in honor of Garrison, who served for 31 years as head men’s basketball coach and 10 years as athletic director at Hendrix College. The scholarships are funded from the Bob Courtway FCA Breakfast, in memory of Dr. Bob Courtway, who was a legendary Hall of Fame coach and athletic director at Hendrix for more than 33 years and a civic leader in Conway.
This year’s award winners are William Bryden of Conway High School, Stephanie Battles of Greenbrier High School, and Jacob Charles Buchanan of Greenbrier High School.
They were chosen on the following criteria: graduate of a Faulkner County high school, 3.0 GPA or higher, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, active in local church and preferably involved in an Fellowship huddle group or other student ministry and participation in varsity athletics.
Bryden graduated from Conway High School with a 4.5 grade point as valedictorian of a class of 601. He was a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Student Congress, received the AP Scholars Award, and was involved in many other school activities. He is an active member of New Life Church in Conway, where he works with youth groups and serves as worship leader for the Kid Life Program. He was a four-year letterman on the swim team, making all-region 4 years, all state three years, and served as captain his senior year.
He also had an outstanding swimming career with the Hendrix Aquaids. He plans to attend Johns Hopkins University, where he will major in pre-med and will be a member of the swim team.
Battles graduated from Greenbrier High School, where she had a 3.91 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Rhetoric Society, Drama Club and All A’s honor roll as a senior. She has also served as treasurer of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America and the Association of Christian Students. She is an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where she works with the Girls Missionary Auxiliary-Discipleship Program. She also is active in the Greenbrier community with the health fair, Faulkner County Hippy Program, and Chamber of Commerce She was captain of the varsity cheerleaders. She plans to attend Central Baptist College.
Buchanan graduated from Greenbrier with a 4.05 GPA and was on the academic honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society. He served as co-president of the Greenbrier FCA. He is an active member of the Robinson and Center Church of Christ in Conway, where he is one of the leaders of the youth group and leads the singing. He also has been involved in community outreach, which included giving devotionals at Trillium Park in Conway for one month. He played football three years, starting at wide receiver cornerback as a senior and was a sprinter on the track team for three years. He plans to attend Harding University.
Members of the Faulkner County FCA Adult Board are Dr. Michael Carter, Ancil Lea III, Mike Harrison, Dr. Brad Teague, Jim Holland, Robert Irons, Ashley Nance, Vance Strange, Danny Lyons, Buzz Bolding, Curt Foxx, Amy Weaver, Rodney Todd, coach Michael Carter, Don Campbell, Lyle Middleton, Steve Fulmer, Bobby Tiner, Stanley Russ, Jason Culpepper, and Cliff Garrison.