Austin High School
“He gives one hundred percent in all aspects of life. He is a scholar…He is a leader.” Those words, spoken by Lt. Col. James L. Walker, U.S. Army Retired, concisely describe Cadet Lieutenant R. C. Walsh, company commander of Austin High School’s ROTC Honor Company. Walsh was born three months prematurely with hydrocephalus, and has endured 49 operations including at least 20 back surgeries and a spinal fusion. Yet this driven young man has managed to earn “Citizen of the Year” and “Teen of the Year” from Alabama Boys State and received his high school’s Hugh O’Brian Leadership Award. Walsh has also received a full scholarship to the University of Montevallo.