The Ronald “Hoss” Bennett awards banquet is at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Pinnacle at Coahoma Community College.
There is one winner for each of the four local high schools and all nominees are judged based on athletics, academics, school spirit and community involvement. All four categories are worth 25 points each. Three seniors from each high school football team are nominated. The Clarksdale Exchange Club puts everything together.
An overall winner is then determined after the four school winners are selected.
Each winner receives college scholarship money. The amount the winners were rewarded increased last year.
The overall winner now receives $1,200 and the school winners receive $300 apiece.
Coahoma County High School’s nominees are quarterback Lamont Lee, running back and backup quarterback Eddie Henderson and offensive and defensive lineman Martin Williams.
Lee Academy’s nominees are center and linebacker Jackson Spinks, wide receiver and defensive back Gaines Barksdale and kicker Michael Basha.
Clarksdale High School’s nominees are running back Sammie Ray, wide receiver Josh Hollins and lineman Almetris Smith.
Coahoma Early College High School did not have a football team this year. However, three seniors who played while there was a program were nominated.
They are defensive lineman Josh Hawkins, wide receiver and free safety Curtis Jones and defensive tackle and offensive and defensive lineman Elijah Brown.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. A meal will be served.