“It is pretty exciting,” Brown said. “ When I got the paper in the mail, I immediately called my parents. We were all happy and I was excited for the rest of the night. It is a really big honor to know that I am one of the top student/athletes in the state.”
The Bryant/Jordan scholarship program had over 15,000 applicants. Brown won the scholarship for Class 4A Area 7.
“I was excited, because I was one of 96 out of the whole state to earn this award,” Brown said. “It is pretty exciting.”
Brown received a full academic scholarship from Auburn University. Brown received an offer from Southern Union Community College to play volleyball, but she turned it down to focus on her academics.
“I am at the top of my class, I made a 30 on the ACT and I have a 4.0 GPA, Brown said. “Academics to me is more important than athletics.”
Lincoln head basketball coach Chad Bynum said he wasn’t surprise when he learned that Brown was a finalist for the Bryant/Jordan scholarship.
“I have been with Leia for four years here at Lincoln,” Bynum said. “Her winning the regional award for the Bryant/Jordan scholarship is typical of Leia Brown. She just excels at everything she does whether it is in the classroom, on a basketball court or volleyball court. She just excels at what she does. To coach somebody like her is just an extreme honor and privilege for me. I have always said great players make great coaches. We couldn’t have enjoyed the success that we have had the last four years in either volleyball or basketball without Leia. She is such a key part in everything we have done. It is just an extraordinary honor to see the hard work of our kids be recognized statewide.”
Lincoln Principal Terry Roller believes the sky is the limit for Brown when she goes off to college this fall.
“She was a well rounded student athlete,” Roller said.” She has impeccable grades, she played volleyball, basketball and of course she was a perennial all-star in soccer. She has the highest GPA in the school that speaks volumes on the up bringing that her mother and father did. Education is obviously the top priority for her. She is very classy young lady, she is a hard worker, she is determined and very focused. I have no doubt in my mind that she is going to be a bright shining star.”