Senior James Munn Selected for Billy Bryan Scholarship

Posted: May 3, 2017

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Congratulations to senior James Munn, who has been selected as the Billy Bryan Scholarship recipient for the class of 2017. The scholarship has been awarded for the past five years thanks to the generosity of Scott Byers in honor of his late friend and classmate Billy Bryan.

At the scholarship presentation, Prentice Stabler, head of FRA's upper school, said, "Billy was a perfect example of someone whose work ethic ensured him opportunities in life. His diligence earned him recognition as co-salutatorian of his high school class, as well as numerous academic honors and scholarships. The legacy he left is one of faith, family, and the pursuit of excellence. In his own words, 'Real happiness comes when you put the other person's feelings before your own.'"

Stabler also pointed out the similarities looked for in the recipient for the scholarship. "Billy was unselfish, kind, truthful, caring, responsible, and respectful. He was sympathetic to the needs of others, and he possessed a sincere desire to make the world a better place. It is fitting that the criteria for this award reflect the life Billy lived. The recipient should have the highest of moral standards and exhibit traits that show potential for success in school and in the world."

Stabler described James Munn as "a man of many talents, though you won't hear him promote them or draw attention to himself. Rather than seeking the limelight, he has opted to serve and seek excellence in his own quiet and humble way."

Munn has consistently excelled in academics, athletics, and service during his upper school career. He scored within the 99th percentile nationwide with a score of 34 on his ACT, and over his four years in upper school, he has taken eight honors courses, seven AP courses, and has been on the Dean's or Head's list every year.

Outside of the classroom, Munn plays soccer for both FRA and his travel team, and he has amassed a large number of service hours, winning both the Barbara McCall Service Award and the Presidential Service Award. He has also been a member of the Hands On Nashville Youth Leadership Council and a counselor at Camp Barnabas.

One of his teachers described Munn as "the kind of student who makes the teaching profession enjoyable and rewarding. He is determined, dedicated, and not afraid to 'fail forward' for the sake of progress. He is intelligent and personable, but most importantly, he is a Godly young man with integrity and a solid moral compass."

Munn will be attending Auburn University in the fall.

Last Updated: May 4, 2017