It’s All GRADY!
Grady Thomas Signs Full Scholarship with Western Carolina University
Grady Thomas is one of the nicest student athletes that have ever passed through Spartanburg High School. He always has a kind word for his classmates and teammates and yet anyone who has seen him compete knows he has fierce desire to win within the true spirit of the game. Grady, an integral part of the Viking football and wrestling teams for the past four years, made a public decision today to sign a full scholarship to attend and play football at Western Carolina University. As evidenced by the standing-room-only crowd assembled in the atrium for the signing, Grady is truly outstanding in everyway, with his heart always in the game and with his team.
A two-year starter and anchor on the offensive line, Grady helped lead the Vikings to back-to-back state semi-final appearances. As a result of his tremendous play, Grady was named as an All-Region player his junior and senior years; a USA Today All-State honoree; a Spartanburg Herald Journal 1st Team All-Area member; and was selected to represent South Carolina as a member of the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl this past December.
As a wrestler, the 4-year letterman had a phenomenal year in the heavyweight class. Grady won the County Championship in his division, and has been a driving force in leading the Vikings to the state playoffs, which begin on Saturday, February 4.
While Grady’s ability on the field and the mat is impressive perhaps his best stat has nothing to do with those but instead his ability in the classroom. Grady has established an outstanding 4.516 GPA that ranks him in the top 12% of his senior class. For his academic accomplishments, Grady was selected as a member of the Herald-Journal’s All-Academic team for the last two years and is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Clubs at Spartanburg High School.
Many people have made this day possible for Grady - family members, especially his mom Tammy Thomas (pictured), who supported and sacrificed their own time; teachers who pushed him to obtain the academic levels needed; coaches who spent endless hours to mold his athletic ability; and fans and friends who cheered him on.
Congratulations Grady – your leadership, dedication, and sportsmanship have demonstrated the true meaning of Viking Pride.