SPORTING LIFE; Northridge student earns scholarship through B.A.S.S and Alabama Power
When Grey Terry was a sophomore in high school, he took a welding class. That step, two years ago, has paid off, literally, for the Northridge High School senior.
Earlier this month, Terry was one of two high school anglers from the state of Alabama selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship from B.A.S.S. and Alabama Power. The scholarships are for students who want to “further their education in a trade.” It is based on that career path as well as the student’s extra-curricular activities and decorum.
“I didn’t think it was real at first,” Terry said when he first read an email message notifying him of the award. “When I opened the email, I thought it was going to be them telling me I didn’t win it. But then I read through it and found out that I did win.”
Hooking the scholarship has everything to do with his ability and affinity for hooking a fish. Candidates had to be nominated by B.A.S.S. members and backed by recommendations from other sources, in Terry’s case, his welding instructor, Matt Freeman, at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy where Terry splits his time there and at Northridge. According to Freeman’s letter of recommendation, by doing the dual enrollment, Terry “will have acquired 18 total credit hours towards his Shelton State Welding Associates Degree before he graduates from high school in May.”
Terry is a member of NorthRiver BASS Fishing team. He joined the team three years ago. He and his fellow angler teammates, all in high school, made it to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s state championships in 2018.
Fishing became a part of his life when he was 5 years old. Terry would fish in ponds and other waterways with family and friends. He joined the fishing team his sophomore year, joining some of his friends who were already on the team and, having spent time on the water fishing with them, knew it was a fun move.
“I just like the adrenaline you get from catching and hooking up on a fish,” Terry said of the sport. “It’s fun, but it also takes skill.”
Off the water, Terry’s skills have also come to include welding. His first glimpse into that trade came when he was in middle school.
“In middle school we did this career thing where you put down your interest, and I put down welding. I’d looked it up and thought it was cool,” said Terry, who initially did a job shadow then at his father, Gregg Terry’s, workplace at Phifer Wire. “They showed me some stuff and then I started taking classes my sophomore year in high school.”
Turns out he enjoyed it as much as he enjoyed fishing….Full Story