Geraldine High School senior Larkin Rogers took home the Class 3A achievement award from the 34th annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet on April 8 at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel.
A total of 104 regional senior honorees were recognized and awarded more than $380,000 in scholarships.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” Rogers said. “There’s so many people that have done so much for me, and I’m thankful I had my family beside me. I’m thankful for family, my teammates and my coaches for giving me something to fight for.
“Most of all, I’m thankful to God for giving me all these gifts.”
Rogers, who is the son of Beth Hall Rogers and Steve Rogers, advanced to the state level after earning the 3A, Region 8 achievement award. He received a $3,000 scholarship for the regional win and a $3,500 scholarship for being the class winner.
Rogers was a two-year starter at center for the Bulldog football team.
He was selected to both the Class 3A, All-Region 7 and All-DeKalb County teams in 2018 after helping the Bulldogs finish 9-3 and win the Region 7 championship. The Dogs advanced to the second round of the 3A state playoffs.
He participates in FFA and the senior Beta Club. He competed with the Beta Club in the state event at Birmingham, where the group qualified for the nationals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Rogers will attend the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering.
“I never did this for the awards,” Rogers said. “I did it because of the people beside me and to do the best I could for my school and my team.
“I’m thankful for everybody that helped me along the way. I know it’s not me that made it there, but everybody else that’s helped me along the way.”
Rogers didn’t know any other of the Bryant-Jordan scholar-athlete or achievement winners before the banquet, and he described it as “really cool” getting to meet some of them.
“I met one guy [Cameron Humes] who has had a bunch of dialysis and a kidney transplant,” he said. “I felt really good for him because he was the overall winner. I felt like he really deserved it.”
Humes, of Huffman High School in Birmingham, won the Class 6A achievement award and was co-winner of the overall statewide honor.
Fyffe’s Jaiden Hatch was the Class 2A, Region 8 scholar-athlete winner.