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Adrian Han­nah has a keen in­ter­est in base­ball and the law.

Han­nah is the son of Judge Craig Han­nah of the 17th Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit. Adrian Han­nah’s grand­fa­ther — the late Jim Han­nah — was a for­mer Arkansas Supreme Court chief jus­tice.

“Grow­ing up, I looked up to both of them,” Adrian Han­nah said. “I’ve seen how they’ve shown re­spect to those who were in a bind. Ev­ery­body de­serves a chance no mat­ter who they are. Ev­ery­one needs to be treated equally, and ev­ery­one de­serves a fair trial.”

Han­nah will at­tend the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas this fall and plans to ma­jor in fi­nance. Even­tu­ally, he plans to go to law school.

“I guess the law is in my blood,” said Han­nah, who is a grad­u­ate of Searcy High School. “But I’m go­ing to go to school for a few years and see where it takes me.”

While at UCA, Han­nah will play base­ball for the Bears. He spent the ma­jor­ity of his high school ca­reer at third base, but he said UCA’s coaches plan to use him at first base.

“First base is not as easy as some peo­ple seem to think it is,” Han­nah said. “There are a lot of balls you have to pick and keep from get­ting by you.”

Han­nah bat­ted .333 with 7 dou­bles and 16 RBI in 27 games dur­ing his se­nior sea­son and hit .420 with 25 RBI dur­ing his ju­nior sea­son. He was a mem­ber of the All-Arkansas Preps base­ball team dur­ing his ju­nior and se­nior sea­sons, se­lected to the Arkansas High School Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion All-Star team and was twice named as Searcy High’s of­fen­sive MVP.

Han­nah said the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue his base­ball ca­reer in col­lege was very im­por­tant to him.

“I’ve played ever since I was in T-ball,” Han­nah said. “There was a lot of prac­tice and a lot of trav­el­ing in­volved. If I didn’t play in col­lege, I feel like that would have been a to­tal waste.”

Han­nah was also a leader in the class­room and in the com­mu­nity. He ranked in the top 5 per­cent in his grad­u­at­ing class and has ac­quired 36 hours of col­lege credit through Arkansas State Univer­sity-Beebe. He was a mem­ber of the Beta Club and Span­ish Honorary for three years. He was also the stu­dent coun­cil vice pres­i­dent dur­ing his se­nior year.

“The thing I’m most proud of that I ac­com­plished was be­ing an honor grad­u­ate while still be­ing in­volved with the com­mu­nity,” Han­nah said.


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