From WCS InFocus
Fishing may be seen as relaxing to many people, but some Summit High School students are proving it can be just as competitive as any other sport. Brandon Johns and Hayden Reeds earned second place in the High School Fishing World Finals hosted by The Bass Federation and the Student Angler Federation.
From June 27 to July 1, three Summit High fishing teams spent the week in Florence, Alabama, for the tournament. They joined 332 teams from 33 states for the competition.
Brandon and Hayden’s final total catch weighed only two pounds less than the first-place team. They take their place among some of the best high school fishing teams in the world.
Brandon and Hayden were both offered $24,000 scholarships to Bethel University, which they turned down in favor of their current plans of fishing for the Mississippi State University team next year.
Brandon and Hayden were joined at the tournament by their teammates Grant Porter, Davis Jackson, Thomas Sanders and Kyle Sumner as well as their boat captain, Stephen Whitehead.
“This was a magical day on the water with two of America’s finest young men,” said SHS head fishing coach Ben White.