On Friday, Randolph School gathered to celebrated the decisions of four senior student-athletes. Their hard work, determination and sacrifice away from the bright lights have led them to this day under the bright lights. They have earned the opportunity to further their education and athletic passion beyond high school and we’re honored to be here today to celebrate with these students and their families, friends and coaches.
Faith has always been a model Randolph student pursuing academic and athletic success while having a servants heart. In kindergarten she initiated a shoebox gift drive with the entire student body for orphans in Moldova which she delivered with a missionary team over that Christmas break. She returned in later years with a medical mission team and performed over 500 eye exams to members of multiple orphanages and teens at risk for trafficking. She has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for all her years at Randolph with progressively more responsible roles, culminating with three years serving as an intern and camp counselor. She even developed her own huddle on Sunday mornings at Brownland Farm in Franklin, TN where she regularly attends horse shows. She views striving for excellence in every aspect of life as the way to honor her personal faith.
Faith’s commitment to academic excellence has been apparent with her ability to achiever a 4.42 GPA while taking a rigorous load of Honors and AP classes. She has been a member of the National Honor Society since middle school and is a member of the Cum Laude National Honor Society, the Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society, and the National Spanish Honor Society. She has been a recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award and a member of the Dean’s List throughout her high school years. She also was awarded the Trey Wilbourn Memorial Award based on commitment, integrity, excellence, reputation and faith.
We would like to also recognize Faith for her athletic scholarship and team membership to the SMU Equestrian Program, but it should also be recognized that Faith has been awarded their Provost Scholarship providing $120,000 towards the cost of her college education in recognition of her academic accomplishments. She has been given early acceptance and additional scholarship money from the prestigious Cox School of Business and will be a member of the Hilltop Scholars Leadership Program.
Randolph Track head coach Jacqui Krueger had many pleasant things to say about Faith and her track accomplishments, followed by Faith’s equestrian trainer Bill Wolf and then Faith thanked a long list of friends, family and faculty herself.
Our next senior is Randolph Dance Team Captain and Track Athlete, Hannah Stutts. Hannah started Randolph in the first grade which makes her a “lifer”. Hannah began running RAP track in the fourth grade and joined the Varsity Track team her seventh-grade year. She’s competed in the 100M & 200M, 4x100M Relay Team, and in the Long Jump.
She took a break from the Track Team during her eighth-grade year to concentrate 100% on her Dancing. Hannah started dancing at the young age of two. She competed for ten years before advancing to the Commercial Dance World.
She toured with a popular Dance Convention, “The Pulse on Tour”, where she was a Lead Counselor and a Protégé. She assisted and trained with many well-known Choreographers within the Entertainment Industry. She was a dance mentor for a program for kids eight to thirteen years of age across the United States and Canada.
She has danced with many Artists from the Industry including Justin Beiber, The Jackson Five, Jody Watley, Seven Streeter, Kid-N-Play, Zendaya and many more.
She has been part of a number of Television Commercials and Films, most recently she was the principal dancer in Disney’s World-Wide Promotion for their “Performing Arts Youth Program”. She has also been a member of AbstraKT Beings, a pre-professional Dance Crew in New York City for the past three years.
Hannah was part of the Inaugural Randolph Dance Team her Sophomore year. She was Co-Captain her Junior year and Captain her Senior Year.
During her Junior year she re-joined the Track Team where she qualified for State finishing 6th in the 4x100M Relay Team and 16th in the 100M Individual. As a Senior she qualified for State in the 4x100M Relay Team where they finished seventh in the State.
Hannah credits her Academic Success at Randolph to her teachers and staff that have been so supportive of her demanding travel schedule throughout Lower, Middle and Upper School.
As a 2019-2020 Mississippi State Pom Squad Member Hannah will be performing for the Football Program, Men’s and Women’s Basketball Program and the Baseball Program.
Hannah is excited about the upcoming year at Mississippi State and would like to express her appreciation to Randolph for preparing her for College and working with her during her Dance Career. The Randolph Experience has helped her “Dream Come True” to participate in Sports & Dance at the College Level.
Randolph Dance Team sponsor, Susan Short, had some touching comments about watching Hannah grow up in school and in dance since she was very young. Hannah then thanked a list of friends, family and faculty members for all their support throughout days of athletics and academics.
Our next senior is Randolph Football and Lacrosse student athlete, Luke Alison. Luke has attended Randolph since Kindergarten making him a “lifer.” He has achieved High Honor Roll in 10th through 12th grade, the Scholar Athlete Award throughout his Upper School years and earlier this year he was crowned the Homecoming King.
Luke has given much of himself in volunteer work from spending a week in Ecuador on a school service trip, helping at the Mana House and even joined some of his football teammates to help the Greengate School move to the Drake Campus last summer.
Luke has been a church acolyte at Nativity Church since the 7th grade. He’s been a supporter of the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Awareness Run since 6th grade and in 11th grade Luke was a Huntsville Museum of Art Blue Ribbon Finalist for his artwork.
In athletics, Luke is the Randolph Single season rushing record holder with 1,333 yards this season. Luke’s 19 TDs and 1808 all-purpose yards helped him earn Class 4A All State Honorable Mention in addition to being named the Fox 54 Player of The Week and AL.com player of the week nominee four times.
Luke is also an incredible lacrosse player who has been nominated to be a Lax Academic All American. He previously earned 2nd team all-state status as a sophomore and 1st team all-state as a junior and we’ll see what he’s earned this season once the undefeated Randolph lacrosse team concludes their season this weekend.
Randolph School is proud to announce that Luke Alison will be attending Washington and Lee University next year to play for the General’s Football team and is considering a walk-on offer to play on the General’s Lacrosse team.
Randolph Football Head Coach, Blake Killen, then spoke about Luke’s maturity and patience as he waited his turn to be a starter as a senior and then made the most of it. Luke then thanked a list of friends, family and faculty members for all their support throughout his days of athletics and academics.
Finally, it was Randolph senior football and basketball student athlete, Graham Copeland. Graham also started at Randolph in Kindergarten making him a “Lifer.” Graham’s academic accomplishments as a Raider include being a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Society and he received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Chemistry all the while remaining on the Dean’s List.
Graham’s athletic career began at the age of four and the next 14 years thereafter were filled with year-round athletic practices and competitions, summer skills camps, and hours on end of shooting alone on his home basketball goal. Graham displayed a natural tendency for leadership at an early age. Football, baseball, basketball–along with travel team basketball and travel team baseball—filled his waking hours when not in school or studying late hours. These activities ultimately became the rhythm, structure, and discipline in Graham’s life under which he has flourished for a lifetime in both athletics and academics.
It was ultimately an orange ball and love of the hardwood which stole Graham’s heart. Though he enjoyed his role as quarterback from 1st through 12th grade, Graham loved the mirror image position of point guard on a basketball court even more! He often describes the feeling as “more than just a fun activity.”
Life is not always filled with glory and success, and Graham has been no stranger to hardship. Freshman football season had barely begun when he broke his collarbone. Fast forward to his Senior year. He suffered significant ankle injuries during the football season, but played through the season, minimizing the extent of his injuries while heading in to the playoffs. Those injuries ultimately sat him out for majority of his senior year basketball season. His personal performance and statistics didn’t meet his expectations especially when a second ankle injury surfaced immediately after he was released to play. Despite such disappointment, Graham had an opportunity to set an example for what it means to support one’s team in all circumstances. During the short time that was left before his school career expired—a couple of neat opportunities presented themselves to show his resilience, athletic skill, and steady calm: In front of a packed house and television crew, he was able to hit a half-court shot that won $5,000 for a local youth charity. Later in a tie game in the Area Tournament with only 0.3 seconds on the clock to keep his high school career alive– Graham was clutch by hitting his free throws to give Randolph a 49-48 win and a berth in the state playoffs.
Graham was a four-year member of the Varsity Football team where he twice earned All-Region Honorable Mention, was awarded the Captain Award as a Senior and most proudly is a member of the winningest class in Randolph school history.
Graham was a four-year member of the Varsity Basketball team where he was a Three-time All-Area Team selection, Two-time All-Academic Team selection, Three-year Team Captain selection, the Offensive MVP as a Junior and recipient of the Coaches Award as a Senior.
In AAU travel basketball from 4th through 12th grade Graham was selected to play with the Alabama Basketball Academy, Alabama Truth, and Pro One Select.
Graham has also been active at First United Methodist Church where he has served as acolyte and youth leader for several years.
Randolph School is pleased to announce that Graham Copeland will be attending Rhodes College next year to play basketball for the Lynx.
Randolph Basketball Head Coach, Dylan Bunnell then said a few words about how much Graham meant to him and to his team over the years. Graham then thanked a list of friends, family and faculty members for all their support throughout his days of athletics and academics.
There was one last shout out from Randolph Athletic Director, Blake Davenport, to recognize Randolph Senior Molly Gillikin who will be attending the University of Louisville in the fall. Molly has been an avid rower and team captain at Row Huntsville achieving many accomplishments to include placing 10th in New Jersey last summer at the U.S. Rowing Club Nationals. It’s been Molly’s dream to row at the NCAA Division 1 level and she has recently accepted a highly coveted spot as a walk on for the Louisville Cardinal Rowing team.
Congratulations to all of these seniors, their families and coaches. The Randolph family is very proud of you and we can’t wait to watch you continue to shine in college.