By Josh Jones
Times Tribune Editor
TROY — The Triad High School community will once again come together to honor a former student who made the ultimate sacrifice and also raise money for a scholarship in his name.
The Brad Smith Memorial Volleyball Tournament will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 inside both gyms at Triad High School. Smith grew up in Troy and attended the Triad School District. He was involved in many activities and enjoyed playing football in high school. Smith graduated from Triad High School in 2004, and enrolled at SIUE. After college, he joined the Air Force where he served as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) in Special Operations. Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith was killed in action in Afghanistan on Jan. 3, 2010. Triad High School Principal Kelli Barbour commented on the event.
“Triad’s Student Council wanted to do something to honor his memory and recognize the hometown hero so a few weeks after his passing they organized the Bradley R. Smith Memorial Volleyball Tournament,” Barbour said. “Fifteen years later the tournament continues every January.”
The tournament is a coed format with three males and three females on the court at all times.
“The tournament is open to all Triad students and staff. In the past, we have welcomed friends of Brad’s to play in the tournament as well. Students and staff can stop by the main office at THS to pick up a registration form or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get signed up for the tournament,” Barbour said. “The form and $50 for the team are due by Jan. 19.”
Barbour said that Triad High School is so grateful for the Bradley R. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund as it has provided many Triad students with scholarships to assist with their higher education.
“Each spring the scholarship has been made available for seniors to apply for the multiple scholarships the Smith family so graciously presents at our annual Honors Night program in May,” Barbour said “The fund honoring the memory of SRA Brad Smith has provided over $350,000 in scholarships to local high school students and we couldn’t be more thankful for their support of our students at THS. “
The cost of admission is $3 with all proceeds going to the scholarship. All other amounts of donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.
“We would love to see the community support for the annual memorial tournament,” Barbour said.
For more information people may contact Triad High School.