April 6, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Jonathan Reid, a sophomore on the University of Alabama track and field team, was presented with the Chairperson’s Award from the Department of Criminal Justice at the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Convocation Friday afternoon.
The award is based on academic merit but also considers service to the community, University and department. Reid was selected for his outstanding academic performance coupled with outstanding personal characteristics and excellence in areas outside of the classroom according to department chair Dr. Mark M. Lanier.
“It’s an honor to receive this for making significant contributions to my academics along with balancing track and field,” Reid said. “It means a lot to me to earn this recognition and know that my work and academics are appreciated. It’s hard to maintain excellence at a high level and I give thanks for the ability to do so and this honor.”
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Reid has witnessed the effects of crime first hand and has devoted himself to the study of crime causation according to Lanier. That study has led Reid to researching and writing a theoretical paper on the problems and solutions facing Jamaica in regards to the prevalence of violent street crime.
“More important than his academics and athletics, Jonathan is a truly outstanding person,” Lanier said. “He’s pulled himself up and has done a great job in every area of his life. He’s always well prepared and always in class. He’s the first one there and helps the other students tremendously. Everybody seems to gravitate towards Jonathan.”
Athletically, Reid is currently redshirting this outdoor season after competing in the triple jump and high jump during his freshman season at the Capstone. During that season he finished seventh at the SEC Outdoor Championships in the triple jump with the seventh best jump in UA history. Prior to joining the Crimson Tide, he finished 13th at the IAAF World Junior Championships in the high jump and collected a combined five Jamaican junior national championships in the two events.