Betsy Layne student receives Ralph Gabbard Broadcasting Scholarship

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Day two of the 32nd WYMT - Food City Mountain Basketball Classic is underway at Perry Central High School.

On Monday, more than 100 scholarships were handed out to students.

One of those scholarships is the Ralph Gabbard Memorial Broadcast Scholarship.

From the court to the classroom, Betsy Layne Senior Nathaniel Mims enjoys playing basketball. However, his heart lies somewhere else.

"My main goals are either teacher, chiropractor or we have a film class," said Mims.

He says film classes helped him break out of his shy shell.

"I would say that is probably the biggest change with me as a person," pointed out Mims.

Mims is humble. He says his brother and sister have all the talent.

"I got a sister who is really good at everything and a brother. He's a sports all-star. Then I'm just kind of there," explained Mims.

But do not let this senior fool you. His grades show differently.

"All A's and I think one B now. Statistics, math is just rough," said Mims.

These are just a few reasons why Nathaniel received the Ralph Gabbard Scholarship.

"I never really thought that I would be someone that people would know in any aspect of that," Mims said.

He says although shocked, he is grateful for the scholarship.

"We don't really have a lot of money in my family. So I'm looking for any scholarship I can get. Luckily, I got this one," explained Mims.

One day, Mims told WYMT, he would like to better the community around him.

"I honestly didn't think I would get it but I did. So, even if you don't think you can, you obviously can," Mims pointed out.

He even added in a shout-out to one of his biggest fans.

"Hi, mom! I've always wanted to do that," laughed Mims.

This year's tournament showcases eight boys teams and six girls teams.

You can watch all the action on our second channel, Heroes and Icons, or right here on our website.

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