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.