If you are looking for a student athlete who serves as a great role model, look no further than Fort Payne High School senior Alexis Chambers.
Chambers has been named the valedictorian of Fort Payne’s class of 2017. At the school’s awards night, she received a total of 17 honors. In addition, she has also inked a golf scholarship to continue her education and playing career at Birmingham Southern College.
Chambers said that her education has always been important to her. In all of her years of schooling, she has never received anything less than an A as a final grade for a class.
Chambers said that of all the awards she received, the one she cherished the most was the Jacey Colburn Heart of a Warrior Award.
“I love the Colburns,” Chambers said. “And everything I hear about Jacey was that she was a role model for all the students. To be the recipient of this award is something I will always cherish.”
She says her favorite moment in academics was when she was notified that she was number one academically in her class during her junior year.
In addition to her academic awards, Alexis has been constantly involved in athletics. She played soccer and was a member of the varsity team from eighth grade until 10th grade and also played travel soccer. She also ran with the cross country team in eighth, ninth and 11th grade and has earned a total of nine school letters.
She joined the high school golf team during her freshman year at Fort Payne.
“I started playing golf with my dad around that time and I fell in love with it,” Chambers said. “Golf is really a demanding sport, so I gave up the other sports to concentrate on golf and it has paid off with the scholarship.”
The highlight of her golf career came during the end of the Wildcats’ season at the Sub-State Tournament in Muscle Shoals.
After 18 holes, Alexis was tied for a trip to the State Tournament as an individual. She lost in a one-hole playoff to McCallie Dubnik from Hartselle. Dubnik clinched the spot at the State Tournament when she sank a long birdie putt to win the playoff.
“It wasn’t that birdie by McCallie that bothered me as much as the short four-foot birdie putt I missed on the final hole of regulation,” Chambers said. “I also missed a short putt earlier in the round. If I make either one of those putts, we don’t go to a playoff. But I’m not going to let that ruin my memories at Fort Payne. My golf allowed me to meet friends I will cherish for a lifetime.”
Chambers says she will enter a few Southeast Junior Golf Tournaments and Hurricane Junior Golf Tournaments this summer before getting ready for college and joining Birmingham Southern’s team.