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Randolph School is excited to celebrate the decisions of two fantastic seniors, both of whom are Lifers here at Randolph (meaning they have been at Randolph since Kindergarten) as well as great examples of Multi-sport scholar-athletes. Their determination and dedication in the classroom and on the court and track have led them to this day and the opportunity to further their education and athletic endeavors beyond high school.  Read more on

“These two ladies are great testaments of what the Randolph experience has to offer. Not only did the School provide both of them an academic and athletic environment that helped develop them in these areas, Julia and Madi both contributed significantly in numerous areas of Randolph Arts while playing multiple-sports each year. We couldn’t be prouder of them.” – Athletic Director, Blake Davenport

Julia Shoemake

Julia is a Lifer at Randolph who started her volleyball career right down the street on the Drake Campus playing RAP (Randolph Athletic Programs for K-6) volleyball in 5th grade.  Eight years of Randolph Volleyball later, she has accumulated just a few accolades as a Raider volleyball player:

Randolph School Volleyball:

  • 2013 Max West Award (Highest middle school athletic/character award) after being a Varsity Starter that year as a Freshman
  • Julia’s sophomore team made it all the way to the Division 5A Final Four where she made the 5A All Area Tournament Team
  • Julia’s junior year team won the 5A State Championship and she was named the 5A All Tournament MVP
  • Following her junior year, she was named to the 2016 Alabama North South All Star State Team-which is made up of the top 24 Juniors in the State
  • At the end of this successful junior year Julia was awarded Randolph’s 2016 Honor the Game Award which is given to the top male and female junior who displayed both character and athletic ability.
  • After this year’s season, she was presented with the MVP Award.
  • All in all, Julia was named to the All-State team each year from her sophomore through senior year. She was also a Team Captain each of those three years as well.

In club volleyball, Julia has also played on courts way beyond the state of Alabama as a member of the top NASA Club VB teams each of the last four years.

Julia has also been a member of the Randolph Girls basketball team for 4 years where she was a multi-year starter and captain as well as two-time winner of the Pillar Award.

We are proud to announce that Julia Shoemake will be attending Birmingham Southern College next year to play volleyball for the Panthers.

Madison Smith

Track13Madi is also a Lifer at Randolph who began running in 4th grade in the after school RAP track program.

Recognized as an early talent in 7th grade, Madi secured herself a spot on the state team her first year on the team and all five years since then. Madi has consistently been a three-season athlete, competing with the cross country team as well as both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams since the 2011-12 school year.

Madi is counted on as a leader among her peers as she has served as team captain or co-captain many times over the years.  She has been designated as a scholar athlete and is recognized as a mentor by her coaches & teammates.

Madi recently enjoyed the glory of a state championship with the 2017 girls cross country team & a 4A sectional championship with the 2017 Track and field team where Madi brought home 4 medals: Gold in 300m hurdles where she set a school record, a gold medal in the 4x400m relay, a silver medal in 100m hurdles & a bronze medal in 4x100m relay. Most recently Madi was proud to be a part of the 2017 state track and field team, who brought home the state championship “runner up” trophy.

Randolph School is proud to announce that Madi will be attending Berry College in Rome Georgia where she will continue the tradition of competitive excellence on the track and field team. Madi has been offered a Gate of Opportunity Scholarship. “Gate Scholars” are fully engaged in Berry’s Work Experience Program, gaining meaningful experiences while completing their four-year degrees.

Congratulations to these seniors and their families. Two spectacular ambassadors of what can happen at Randolph when a student-athlete is committed to a passion and is willing to sacrifice some things along the way to achieve their best. Randolph is very proud and can’t wait to see these ladies continue to shine in college.

View photos in the online gallery.