Raiders News · Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete – Sam Hartley


Randolph Senior, Sam Hartley was awarded the prestigious Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete Award for Class 4A, Region 7.  Sam received scholarship money for the region award and was recognized at The 34th Annual Bryant-Jordan Awards Banquet and Ceremony in Birmingham on April 8.  He will be attending Duke University in the fall.  This is the fourth year in a row Randolph has had at least one Region winner.

Sam is an excellent example of #WhyRandolph.  He is a two sport athlete playing Varsity Basketball and Soccer.  While also being an honor student, with a  GPA 4.6.  He also scored a 35 on his ACT.  He made the All State team in soccer and was a two time State Soccer MVP.

“The Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Program is one of the best programs in the state. The banquet showcases some of the most amazing student-athletes and it is an honor for Randolph to have a student athlete win the region this year. Sam epitomizes this award with his incredible accomplishments in sports and academics. We can’t wait to see what his persistent drive accomplishes next year when he attends Duke University.” – Athletic Director Blake Davenport

Both of Sam’s coaches had these words to say on his success on and off the field and court.

“Sam Hartley is the epitome of a student-athlete. He brought so much joy to our basketball program and to my life, not only with his ability to play the game, but also with his insight, intelligence, and conversations.  Sam helped to shape the way that I now structure practices, as we no longer use the scoreboard to keep up with time remaining, because he told me that he didn’t like being able to see when practice would end. That meant so much to me, and I adapted the same philosophy. Sam Hartley is a special human being who will do so many incredible things in his life, and I am fortunate our paths crossed at Randolph School!” – Coach Bunnell, Head Varsity Basketball Coach


“Sam has been a incredible presence within the Randolph soccer program since he stepped on the field as a freshman.  His willingness to take on any challenge makes him a great teammate.  He loves competition in the classroom and on the field.  Sam only goes at things 100% or he won’t do it at all.  He is a two time state champion and a two time finals MVP.  Sam has scored more than 80 goals in his career and still looking for more.  He is an outstanding leader, teammate, and friend.  The whole soccer program is so proud of everything Sam has accomplished during his career at Randolph; winning the Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete Award is no surprise to us.” – Coach Tomlinson, Head Varsity Soccer Coach

We spoke with Sam and he had these thoughts on his award.  “It was a huge honor to receive the Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Scholar Award. I’d like to thank my coaches and teachers for supporting me in my athletic and academic endeavors. My parents made it possible for me to play sports from a young age, and I am extremely grateful for all they sacrificed so that I could compete and have fun. Finally, I’d like to thank all my teammates who are really like brothers to me and I am fortunate to have met them playing soccer and basketball.”  #RaiserTheR