Torch started in the 1980’s with an idea for an academic type tournament for schools in Walker College’s service area. Students who won received scholarships to Walker College. After Walker College became Bevill State Community College they named this program Torch. Walker County, Jefferson County, Cullman County, Fayette County and Blunt County are all in Bevill State’s service area so these county’s schools are able to participate in the Torch Invitational.
There is a competition in every category, from school subjects to different talents. “Participating in Torch is a good experience for our students to see how they compare to the other schools,” said Mrs. Crump, who is in charge of selecting and organizing the Walker students who go to Torch. She continued to say, “The most exciting thing is if we sweep a category by winning the first place, second place and third place, which happens in some catagory every year.”
Traditionally, Walker wins more places than any other school, and if a student wins first place in a category, they receive a plaque and a scholarship to Bevill State.
Walker students are excited to see what the turn outs are tomorrow, the awards ceremony is everyone’s favorite part, students love to hear their name and “from Walker High School” when they win an award.
Good luck to all the participants who compete tomorrow!
By: Julianna Hallman