The Vernon High School weightlifting team had the opportunity to present J.T. Padgett with his State Championship ring in recognition of his winning the 2014 Class 1A State Weightlifting title.
Padgett competed this season in the 183 pound class and led the Vernon Yellow Jackets to a ninth place finish at the State Finals. He posted a 620 pound total and brought home the gold from Kissimmee.
Padgett joins a select group of students from Vernon who've ever won a State Championship, and Wrestling Coach Bobby Johns says he's will the 2014 VHS graduate began a tradition for future State Champion weightlifters.
"J.T. also was a vital part of leading the Yellow Jackets to the school's only District Title in 2013 when the football team brought home a District Championship," said Johns. "J.T. has since departed for Washington, D.C. to play football at Gallaudet University, and he is a shining example of what makes Vernon High School a special place to attend. The entire Vernon community is proud of J.T.'s accomplishments and wish him the best in the future."