Each year, the Federation’s Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) recognizes student-athletes who aim high—not only on the field but off the field too.
To qualify for Tennessee SCTP’s Scholastic All-State Team, athletes must have high marks in Regional and State competitions, demonstrate outstanding community service, and a 92 or higher in all subjects.
“It’s always an honor to recognize athletes who go above and beyond in their sport and academics,” said Andrew Peercy, Tennessee SCTP manager. “These athletes have great potential to become lifelong sportsmen and strong advocates for our great outdoors.”
This August, 120 athletes and their families were invited to the Tennessee SCTP Scholastic All-State and Scholarship Banquet and Fun Shoot. The event’s title sponsor was Academy Sports + Outdoors.
The Dr. John O. “Jack” Gayden Leadership Scholarship—established by Deborah Dunklin Tipton of Memphis—
was awarded to Will Wolbrecht attending Mississippi State University.
“Tennessee SCTP has taught me discipline, leadership, patience, respect, and the desire to work hard as a teammate and individual,” said Wolbrecht in his scholarship essay.
Fred Peters was awarded the Robert E. Tipton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Deborah Dunklin Tipton in memory of its namesake who was a Tennessee SCTP athlete and avid hunter and angler who passed away tragically in 2012.
Peters said that, even as a student-athlete, he was inspired to seek coach-level training so he could better help the younger members of his team. Peters will attend Texas A&M University Kingsville this fall.
The winners of the Tennessee SCTP scholarships are as follows:
Parker Bennet (pictured middle), Mississippi State University
“Tennessee SCTP does a great job establishing a comfortable and safe environment for every athlete at their competitions.”
Alexandra Beck, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
“This sport can teach important life lessons, form life-long friendships, and change a person’s life in a positive way.”
Katelyn Cothron, Bethel University
“When they join the Tennessee SCTP program they learn their team becomes family.”