by Lee Ramsey
Seymour – Corey Heard, a standout senior athlete at Seymour High School, has added another honor to his long list of accolades.
Heard is the 2013 recipient of the annual Derek Rogers Memorial Scholarship Award.
After receiving the first annual Herald MVP Eagle Award for the Seymour Eagle football team and signing scholarship papers to play baseball at Milligan College, Heard has added yet another honor to his resume with the Rogers Award.
The award is annually presented to a senior athlete who excels in two of the three sports that Derek Rogers played at Seymour in the 1990s which were football, baseball and golf.
The scholarship is named in honor of Rogers, a former Seymour all-state quarterback, all-district baseball player, and golf medalist on the first Eagle golf team to win the district championship.
The award is also given to an athlete who displays high character.
Rogers was killed in a tragic gun accident two years after graduation while he was attending the University of Tennessee. His mother, Melanie, decided to start a scholarship in Roger’s name to honor his memory.
“It obviously means a lot to me,” said Heard. “It says a lot about what other people think about me, not only having athletic ability but also helping others throughout high school and being someone to look up to. It’s a real honor. It also helps to pay for tuition. I am very grateful for this award.”
Heard was not only a great athlete for the Eagles, he also displayed a lot of character and leadership.
He was a model student and very well behaved.