Williams named leadership scholar, to play baseball for SSC

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Henrietta High School senior Joe Dell Williams has been selected as a President’s Leadership Scholar at Seminole State College where he will also be a member of the Trojan baseball team.  Williams (center) is congratulated by SSC Trojan Baseball Coach Lloyd Simmons (left) and SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback.

Henrietta High School senior Joe Dell Williams has been selected as a President’s Leadership Scholar at Seminole State College where he will also be a member of the Trojan baseball team. Williams (center) is congratulated by SSC Trojan Baseball Coach Lloyd Simmons (left) and SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback.

Henrietta High School senior Joe Dell Williams has been selected by Seminole State College in Seminole, Okla., to receive a President’s Leadership Scholarship for the coming academic year.

Williams will be a member of the President’s Leadership Class VII and will also play baseball for Trojan Coach Lloyd Simmons.

The President’s Leadership program at Seminole State College was established in 2007 to provide educational classroom and extracurricular activities to enhance leadership skills of students.

School officials are invited by SSC President Dr. Jim Utterback to nominate high school seniors as candidates for the scholarship program each year.  Participants are selected based on ACT scores, academic performance in high school and demonstrated leadership ability.

Williams is an Eagle Scout and president of his senior class.  He has been active in Student Council was vice president of his freshman, sophomore and junior classes.  For the past two years, he has been a member of the Peer Assistance Leadership (PAL) class where students from the high school are assigned to mentor an elementary class.

He is a member of the National Honor Society and was named to “Who’s Who in Geography” in 2009-2010.

Williams has had an outstanding baseball career at Henrietta, receiving all-district honorable mention his freshman year, second team all-district short stop his sophomore year and District 8-2A Defensive Co-MVP his junior year.  He is currently team captain of the baseball team, an honor he also held in 2011 and 2012.

He served as team captain of the football team this year, and received second team All district receiver and second team all district linebacker honors.

Seminole State College Coach Lloyd Simmons has built a dynasty in collegiate baseball.  Simmons was at Seminole for 26 years, and left the program in 2001.  He served as the rookie manager and pro scout for the Kansas City Royals and later as the area scout for the New York Yankees organization, before returning to the college this past summer. He is currently fielding his first team since his return.

During his tenure at Seminole, he established a record of 1,643 wins and 312 losses.  His teams made 13 trips to the NJCAA national tournament – JUCO World Series – in Grand Junction, Colo., where they returned home as runners-up four times.  His teams were consistently ranked in the top 15 in the nation.  Along the way, Simmons produced 41 NJCAA All-Americans and 165 of his former players signed professional baseball contracts.

Williams is member of the Henrietta Church of Christ where he is active in the youth group.

He is the son of Scott and Kerri Williams of Henrietta, and the grandson of Joe and Sara Williams of Wichita Falls and Jim and Dr. Donna Hardin of Seminole, Okla.

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