Commended Students

Hanceville High School Class of 2017

Top 15% Seniors 

Joshua Conway - Valedictorian 

Erin Wise - Salutatorian

Daniel Ryan

Chandler Flanigan

Briana Loomis

Branen Hurst

Hannah Sumner

Kristianna Johnson

Kimberly Bautista

Brandy Black

Richard Campbell

McKenna Bursell 


Will Akin, Isaiah Green, and Joshua Loggins all finished in the top 3 in their divisions at the weight lifting competition at Good Hope. 


Hanceville High School Class of 2016

Top 12 Seniors 

1. Niyanna Malcom - Valedictorian

2. Angel Mernatti - Salutatorian

3. Megan Scott

4. Miranda Carnell

5. Emily Owens

6. Peter Prado

7. Nic Sterling

8. Braylah Anderton

9. JK Davis

10. Jose Daniel Corona

11. Jesse Arnold

12. Austin Helms


Mrs. Chambers' class was recently selected as the high school winner, as well as the overall winner, in the

 "Farm to Table" poster contest, sponsored by Webb Wheel.  They won $300 for being the high school 

winner, and an additional $150 for being the overall winner!


Hanceville High School Class of 2015

Top 10 Seniors 

1. Laura Campbell - Valedictorian

2. Fernando Palacios - Salutatorian

3. Heath Dean

4. Tori Sanders

5. Emily Edmonds

6. Grace Quick 

7. Kaylee Natt

8. Blitz Yeager

9. Noah Davis

10. Lucas Stansell


Hanceville High School Class of 2014
Top 10 Seniors

1.  Katie Owens  - Valedictorian

2.  Caleb Hurst - Salutatorian

3.  Allyson Waldrop

4.  Megan Anthony

5.  Keegan Ellis

6.  Quanesha Smalls

7.  Abigail Ryan

8.  Nikki Altman

9.  Sarah Bradford

10.  Chris Smith


Class of 2013 Top Ten Seniors

1. Amber Skinner

2. Jodie Davis

3. Kaitlyn Corum

4. Karrah Johnson

5. Oscar Goodwin

6. Katie Tankersley

7. Stacie Dean

8. Courtney Townson

9. Alaina House

10. Hannah Davis


Diamond Simmons for receiving a football scholarship to University of North Alabama
and to Broc Malcom for receiving a football scholarship to Idaho State.


Hanceville's Diamond Simmons selected as 3A Back of the Year

Tailback snags latest award at Mr. Football banquet
By Rob Ketcham

The Cullman Times

MONTGOMERY — When most of the state’s best football players received their awards during the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Football banquet Wednesday in Montgomery, they stepped up to the microphone and quickly thanked God, their family and their coaches.

Not Diamond Simmons.

The Hanceville student-athlete echoed those same gratitudes, but after Simmons’ selection as Class 3A Back of the Year was announced, the Bulldogs’ superstar approached the podium to give a genuine acceptance speech with his own personal touch added at the end.

“First of all, I want to thank God, thank my coaches, thank my family, coach (Danny) Miller and thank the community for supporting the Hanceville team,” Simmons said to a packed crowd — which included family, friends, teammates, coaches and administrators — at the Alabama Activity Center. “Hanceville has been going through a hard time, but we’ve been trying to bring it back up. As I’m going, I hope the players keep it up.

“Like I said, I just want to thank God. Live, love and pray.”

Simmons beat out fellow nominees Ladarius Rodgers (Leeds) and Shawncey Simmons (Clay County) after a remarkable 2011 campaign where he led the Bulldogs to its first undefeated season since 1977.

The All-State, Super 12, All-County, All-Area tailback averaged nearly 16 yards a carry on his way to 2,106 yards and 28 touchdowns on only 132 attempts. What makes those numbers pop even more is the fact Simmons played in the second half just three times this past season because of Hanceville’s affinity for blowing out opponents.
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Hanceville High School Principal Tracy Hubbert announced that senior Kelsey Ryan has been named a Commended Student in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

     About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2012 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 PSAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

     “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments , as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Kelsey is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Ryan of Hanceville. She serves as drum major of the Hanceville High School Marching Band.