Smith-Cotton High School senior Cody Smith is the 2022 recipient of the Mark Johnson Academic Achievement Scholarship.

Smith was a starter at linebacker for the S-C football team and an Academic All-State honoree.

The annual scholarship – provided by former S-C coach Johnson and his family – awards $500 to a S-C football player who is a full-time starter in his senior year. Other eligibility requirements are:

*Must have played four years of football for Smith-Cotton High School
Must have a 3.7 grade-point average or higher on a 4.0 scale at the end of his junior year

*Must never have been suspended for using illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco

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Smith’s name will be engraved on a plaque that is displayed in the S-C gymnasium. The scholarship, which will be funded by the Johnson family through 2043, was awarded for the first time at the end of the 2013 season, Johnson’s final year leading the Tigers football team.

In the  photo: Smith-Cotton senior linebacker Cody Smith (33) tackles Hogan Prep quarterback Xzavien Simmons for a loss during S-C’s Senior Night game Oct. 21 at Tiger Stadium. Smith earned the 2022 Mark Johnson Academic Achievement Scholarship.

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