Jackson Kenneth Baker, a senior at Ariton High School, was recently named the 2A Scholar Athlete of the Year by the Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Scholarship Foundation.

Named after two Alabama sports legends—Paul “Bear” Bryant and Ralph “Shug” Jordan—the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program brings together the best and brightest high school senior student athletes from 52 regions in Alabama to award college scholarships and to celebrate student achievement. The Bryant-Jordan Program honors student athletes who are exceptional academically. The Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Program is a partnership between the Alabama High School Athletic Association and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Baker, the son of Ben and Tara Baker of Ariton, was the area, region and state winner for Alabama class 2A. He was awarded the state honor at the 36th Annual Bryant-Jordan Awards Ceremony on April 12 in Birmingham. This prestigious award includes a $6,500 scholarship.

Baker is the 2021 Ariton High School valedictorian and he lettered four years in basketball, baseball and football.

He is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes President, the Senior Beta President, the Boys State Representative, active in Future Business Leaders of Alabama and participated in the Dale County Youth Leadership program.

He is active at Ariton Baptist Church where he plays the bass guitar for the Sunday morning Praise Team. Baker will graduate with a 4.0 unweighted GPA and scored a 32 on the ACT. He will attend the University of Alabama in the fall on additional academic and leadership scholarships. Baker plans to work towards a degree in family medicine.

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