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Congratulations to our 2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Top 10 Finalists

2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Top 10 Finalists: (alphabetical order)

Ryan Burger- Myrtle Beach High School/QB/Class of 2022/Appalachian St. Commit

Ryan is a high character and hard-working individual who has had success on and off the field. As a National Honor Society and Beta Club student, he received a 4.64 overall GPA this past year drawing the eyes of schools all over the country. The 1st Team All Region Quarterback hopes to pursue coaching as a career down the road.

Paul Davis- Spring Valley High School/DB/Class of 2021/Carnegie-Melon Signee

Paul was voted a finalist for the Mr. Richland County Football Award and a Friday Nights Rivals Scholar Athlete Award. The three-year starter was a 2020 National High School Football Preseason Academic All-American and posted a 4.0 GPA this past year. He is a member of the National Honors Society and National Science Honors Society. Davis has also had his hand working with educating youth, helping in ministry, and as a non-profit volunteer. He plans to study either electrical, mechanical, or environmental engineering.

Miller DeArmond- Greer High School/WR/Class of 2021/Western Carolina Signee

DeArmond is a 2x All-State, 2x Captain, 2x Offensive MVP, and a 2x All Region at Wide Receiver while performing exceptionally well in the classroom receiving a 3.6 GPA and remained at the top 15% of his class. DeArmond has served his community by greeting children in the car line before school and also taking the time to read to them in class whenever he had a free period. He has a career interest to be a chiropractor.

Eli Henderson- Byrnes High School/OL/Class of 2022/University of Arkansas Commit

Eli has worked extremely hard in the classroom and earned himself a 3.7 GPA this past year. He serves on the leadership council for the team. He has also spent time building and upgrading homes in the area for underprivileged residents, while also giving back to the youth through his work with youth football teams.

William Jeffcoat- Pelion High School/OL/Class of 2021/Army West Point Signee

Jeffcoat has a 5.2 GPA, ranking him first in the academic class. William Jeffcoat was a member of SC Boy’s State in 2019 and is a 4x All Region selection and a 2x All-State selection on the offensive line. In 2020 he was a part of the Shrine Bowl, a game between the top football players in NC/SC. Once he has completed his military service he plans to teach and coach.

Nemo Squire- Dillon High School (Connections Academy)/RB/Class of 2022/Uncommitted- 13 offers

Nehemiah “Nemo” Squire has a 3.98 overall GPA, making him a member of the National Honor Society. He also serves as a youth leader and works with a ministry that assists the homeless. On the field, Squire was named a nominee for RB of the Year and is a 2x All Region player. His future plans include receiving a scholarship in athletics and academics. Squires is hoping to study Architectural Engineering.

Malik Stowers- Westside High School/OL/Class of 2021/Newberry College Signee

Malik Stowers is a team captain and All Region player. Malik won a battle with Thyroid cancer his junior year of high school. Despite having underlying conditions, he played during the COVID-19 pandemic and did so for his community and teammates where they earned a region championship win. He is actively involved with his local church and community. Through his hard work Malik earned himself a 3.86 overall GPA and a scholarship to Newberry College where he plans to study business.

Malik Thomas- Fox Creek High School/LB/Class of 2021/Gardner-Webb Signee

Thomas is a 2020 BBEA Finalist, and a National Beta Club Member, who earned himself a 3.8 overall GPA this year. He spends a lot of time being a mentor and is also involved in Future Business Leaders of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a 2x Varsity Letterman and a Defensive Team Captain for Fox Creek. Malik Thomas has signed with Gardner-Webb and will study Graphic Design/Communications.

Karrlen Waymyers- Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School/DL/Class of 2021/SC State Signee

Waymyers currently holds a 3.6 GPA. He is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars which recognizes his academic achievements. In 2020, he was named the Willie Jefferies Character Award winner by the Orangeburg County Community of Character Initiative. On the field, Karrlen Waymyers is a 2x All-Region and a Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2020. He will attend South Carolina State in the fall to study business management.

Ashton Whitner- Greenville High School/DB/Class of 2022/Uncommitted- 24 Offers

Whitner is a Beta Club member that has earned a 3.9 overall GPA. Described as a great leader, smart and honest kid spends a good amount of his time with food drives and helping out in the community. Ashton Whitner has been called a great player and coachable kid, who is a 3x All Region as a defensive safety. He plans to play college football and study business.

 

Congratulations to our 2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Semi-Finalists

May 4, 2021

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) revealed the 2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award “BBEA” presented by Spinx Corporation (Thanks Spinx for Making Life Easier!) Semi-Finalists today.  The award rewards and encourages excellence in the community, in the classroom and on the field.

Award Criteria:

  • Football Participation = 30%
  • Academics - Minimum 3.2 GPA = 40%
  • Exemplary School, Character, Community Citizenship, and Leadership = 30%

All South Carolina High School football players are eligible for the award. Each nominee will receive a certificate of recognition for their accomplishments.  Top 10 Finalists will be included in a statewide press release and an invitation to share their story with state football legend Levon Kirkland on the “Inside Blitz w/ Levon Kirkland”: A Sports & Leadership Podcast.  The winner will be selected and invited to participate in our 2021 BBEA Ceremony and Livestream on July 21st from Zen in Downtown Greenville. Limited Passes for the live presentation are on sale now HERE!

Become a Bridge Builder at scfootballhof.org to help us put SC in the Top 10 nationally in college and career readiness (ranked 43rd in 2019 by US News) by December 31, 2030 and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @scfootballhof.  Follow the Bridge Builder Excellence Program on Twitter @scbridgebuilder. #SCTop10N2030

2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Semi-Finalists: (alphabetical order)

  • Ryan Burger- Myrtle Beach HS
  • Adrian Chandler- Williston Elko HS
  • Paul Davis- Spring Valley HS
  • Miller DeArmond- Greer HS
  • Braedon Enloe- Blue Ridge HS
  • Kayden Hager- Catawba Ridge HS
  • Kade Haywald- Clinton HS
  • Eli Henderson- Byrnes HS
  • William Jeffcoat- Pelion HS
  • Kanaan Ligons- Ridge Spring-Monetta HS
  • Grayson Loftis- Gaffney HS
  • Nick Morgan- Wren HS
  • David (Will) Ramey- Philip Simmons HS
  • James Rawl- Laurens HS
  • Bryce Rucker- Airport HS
  • Aiden Patno- St. Johns Island HS
  • LaNorris Sellers- South Florence HS
  • Drew Settle- Chapman HS
  • Seth Smith- Spartanburg HS
  • Kaleb Snider- West Ashley HS
  • Nehemiah Squire- Dillon HS/Connections Academy
  • Malik Stowers- Westside HS
  • Malik Thomas- Fox Creek HS
  • Patrick Westbrook- Strom Thurmond HS
  • Karrlen Waymyers- Hunter-Kinard-Tyler HS
  • Ashton Whitner- Greenville HS
  • Zachary Zivitski- Southside Christian HS

Bridge Builder Excellence Program QuickHits Segments

Congratulations to Javarius Youmans of Allendale-Fairfax High School

During the livestream awards ceremony on July 23, 2020, Javarius Youmans (Allendale-Fairfax High School/North Greenville University) received the award for his accomplishments during the 2019-2020 school year.

Javarius is a leader in every area of life. He is a hardworking student and athlete, and he is well respected at both school and in the community. Javarius is driven to be successful while maintaining an attitude of complete respect for all those around him. He is also involved in his church community.

He is also successful in the classroom, earning a 3.7+ GPA at Allendale-Fairfax High School. He is a recruited athlete and is attending North Greenville University where he can play football and major in Computer Engineering.

In 2019, Javarius was named the Region 5-AA Linebacker of the Year, named to the All-Region Team, was selected as Team Captain by his peers, and was chosen six times as the Player of the Week. He also was selected to play in the WJBG CSRA GA/SC Border Bowl as a linebacker.

"Javarius shows great strength in his ability to lead effectively. You know that he has the "it" factor that is going to make him extremely successful in all that he does."- Jim Shuman (Allendale-Fairfax High School Head Football Coach).

The award was made possible by the SC National Guard, Wyatt Law, P.A., Curry P.A., Prominence Media, Spinx Company, Hale's Jewelers, Emerald Ink & Stitches, and Trehel Corporation.

Congratulations to our Ten 2020 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Finalists! Watch Each of The Finalists Interviews with Levon Kirkland Below!

Bridge Builder Excellence Program

This is a program that has been developed between the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) and the South Carolina Department of Commerce (through the Greenville Regional Workforce Advisor, Jay Blankenship) in order to educate and speak to football players (and other students) as they make a transition to their next step throughout their K-12 journey. We are developing strategic relationships with the educational and business community in order to present students with the tools they need to be successful.

In 2019, U.S. News.com ranked SC students 43rd nationally in college and career readiness.  As such, many students are being left behind because they are under qualified.  The Bridge Builder Excellence Program educates, empowers, and encourages students to be successful in their college, career, and life endeavors.

With the help of our communities we can put SC students in the Top 10 in college and career readiness by December 31, 2030.

The SCFHOF connects distinguished football players and businessmen to this program as spokespeople for this message and education in order to give back to our community and make for a better city, county, and state! Program was launched in the Fall of 2018 in Greenville County.

As of December 20, 2018, 250 Greenville County students have attended ACT and SAT Prep Courses through our collaboration with Jay Blankenship. In 2019, we dedicated one-on-one time with local student athletes through lunch and learn events.  In 2020, we honored our inaugural Bridge Builder Excellence Award winner and incorporated student leadership advise through our Inside Blitz w/ Levon Kirkland Podcast through student interviews and "QuickHits" segments. Next on the agenda is creating a fully digital educational program based on the programs important initiatives.

Previous Bridge Builder Events

Southside High School (Twice)

Blue Ridge High School

2019 EPT Showcase (Irmo, SC)

Greer High School

Wade Hampton High School

Bridge Builder Excellence Award Finalists ft. on Inside Blitz with Levon Kirkland Podcast

Bridge Builder Excellence Award Presentation- July 23rd 2020 Live Stream

Future Bridge Builder Events

Search for the next Bridge Builder Excellence Award Nominees

Bridge Builder Excellence Program Student Interviews and the "Quick Hits" leadership segment to be featured in Season 2 of the Inside Blitz w/ Levon Kirkland Leadership Podcast.

Coming in 2021! Digital Educational Series will include educational modules for Bridge Builder Students based on the programs initiatives

Executives from Spinx Corporation talk to students about their workforce development opportunities and educational programs that Spinx offers including their tuition reimbursement program.

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Character

Academic

Career

Initiatives

Educational Workshops

SAT and ACT Workshops

Career Readiness

Understanding your Personal Brand

Networking Strategies

NCAA Eligibility

College Tours

Life Skills

Financial Literacy

Leadership

Social Media Responsibility

Character Development

Workforce Development

Peer to Peer Mentoring

Youth Membership

Brandon Burger, former senior linebacker at North Greenville talks to the students at Southside High School about their transition from high school to college and life lessons off the field.

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