Grand County High athletic director Ron Dolphin and senior Adam Jenkinson received awards at the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association conference, which took place April 9-12 in St. George. Dolphin received the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association State Award of Merit, awarded to one administrator per state each year, while Jenkinson was named Top Scholar-Athlete and won the Utah National Guard's Minute Man award. [Photo courtesy of Ron Dolphin]


Grand County High School athletic director Ron Dolphin earned the State Award of Merit from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, which he was presented a conference in St. George, which took place April 9-12.

The award “for outstanding leadership and meritorious achievement in interscholastic administration” is given to one adminstrator per state each year.

Dolphin said he is honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award, but he doesn’t do his job for the awards, he does it for the kids.

“My job is to positively impact the lives young people educationally through sport,” he said. You’ve got to have some good kids and people around you to receive this award,” he said.

Senior Adam Jenkinson was this year’s UIAAA Top Scholar-Athlete and received the Utah National Guard “Minute Man” award. Dolphin said Jenkinson wowed the athletic directors (ADs) with his speech about how athletics have impacted his academics and citizenship.

“Several ADs including (NIAAA Executive Director) Bruce Whitehead commented that Adam’s speech was the best ever heard; even speeches given at the national conference don’t reach the caliber of the one Adam gave,” Dolphin said.

Dolphin said it was also a special honor and privilege to have his award presented to him by Whitehead.

Dolphin was also awarded a certificate by the UIAAA for 15 years of outstanding service. Jenkinson, the son of Richard and Cheryl Jenkinson, is currently a team captain on the baseball team, and has been accepted to Yale.

Jenkinson named Top Scholar-Athlete