Hume Award Nominees and Finalists Announced

Posted on Nov 14 2016 - 4:05pm by Mike Strasinger
East Nashville's Jacob Phillips is a finalist for the Hume Award - Photo by Mike Strasinger

East Nashville’s Jacob Phillips is a finalist for the Hume Award – Photo by Mike Strasinger

2016 – 2017 Nominees and Finalist for William E. Hume Award


Blake Alan-Reid Wiggins Antioch High School  

Jashaun Thorpe*** Cane Ridge High School

Jacob Lewis Phillips*** East Nashville High School

Matthew Opi Eric Glencliff High School

Jacob Nathaniel Parks Hillsboro High School

Liam James Dougherty Hillwood/Hume-Fogg High Schools

Reuben Lashaun Perrien Jr.*** Hunters Lane High School

Yusuf Abduilah Ali Maplewood High School

Kristopher Jordan Woodard McGavock High School

Christopher Franklin Williams*** Overton High School

Brayden Edward Wright Devault-Smith*** Pearl-Cohn/M. L. King Jr.High Schools

Joshua O’Neal Trueheart Stratford High School

Kenyon Xzavion Vaughn Whites Creek High School


The William E. Hume Award will be given out a luncheon sponsored by Nashville’s Kiwanis Club on Friday, December 2, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at The Patron Platinum Club in Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway.

The award goes to Metro Nashville’s top student/football player. Each school nominates one player, then a selection committee reviews the selections and judges the candidates based on academic performance, community service, sportsmanship, and value to his team.

History of the Hume Award

The Hume Award was inaugurated in 1944. During an evening of watching a football game between two high school teams at West High School, Mr. William Hume, a prominent Nashville attorney and civic leader and Chairman of the City Board of Education, remarked to Mr. W. A. Bass, the then Superintendent of Nashville City Schools, that some recognition should be given to the fine young men participating in the game of football in the Nashville schools.

Mr. Bass gave this suggestion some thought and proposed that an award be set up recognizing the outstanding football player in the Nashville schools each year in the areas of sportsmanship, scholarship and football ability.

Mr. Hume agreed to provide a plaque to go to each boy and a trophy to be rotated to the winner’s school each year and the award was initiated. When the Nashville City School System and the Davidson County School System merged into the Metropolitan system, the former Davidson County schools were included.

Mrs. Hume carried on the project and set up a trust fund that has continued to provide the award for this coveted honor.


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