Smith-Cotton High School senior A.J. Wilkinson is the 2017 recipient of the Mark Johnson Academic Achievement Scholarship. Wilkinson was a starter at wide receiver and an Academic All-State honoree.

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The annual scholarship – provided by former S-C coach Johnson and his family – awards $500 to a S-C football player who is a full-time starter his senior year. Other eligibility requirements are:

Must have played four years of football for Smith-Cotton High School
Must have a 3.7 grade-point average or higher on a 4.0 scale at the end of his junior yea.

Must never have been suspended for using illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco
Wilkinson’s name has been engraved on a plaque that is displayed in the S-C gymnasium.

The scholarship, which will be funded by the Johnson family through 2043, was awarded for the first time at the end of the 2013 season, Johnson’s final year leading the Tigers football team.

In the photo: Smith-Cotton senior A.J. Wilkinson, recipient of the 2017 Mark Johnson Academic Achievement Scholarship, gets help from S-C football assistant coach Erik Logan to display the plaque bearing the winners’ names that hangs in the S-C gym.