Hardin County Schools students are known for earning awards in the classroom, on the field and on the court. They are now earning them on the water.
Two Central Hardin High School students competed this past weekend in Fishing University's Make Me a Star television show on the Outdoor Channel. There were more than 1,000 teams from the United States and Canada competing for two spots on the television show. To earn a spot on the show, teams had to make social media posts that included pictures of their fishing adventures. The top two teams that posted the most times and became more popular on social media went on to compete on the television show with a pro angler and a chance to earn scholarship money.
Encouraged by their CHHS bass fishing coach, juniors Zach Perry and Hayden Whitsell made 5,004 social media posts, approximately 2,000 more posts than the TV show’s previous record. They also placed second in the finishing tournament portion of the show. They each received $20,000 scholarships.
They traveled to Camden, Tennessee on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 to meet with the television crew and started videotaping the fishing tournament on Friday and continued through Saturday. The winners were announced on Sunday. The show will air on the Outdoor Channel, World Fishing Network and The Sportsman Channel at later dates.