Jun 5, 2012
A total of 20 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools will be honored for their outstanding sportsmanship as winners of “Heart of a Champion” recognition.
The sportsmanship recognition is part of the program offered by the NCHSAA Student Services Division and is sponsored by the North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. Mark Dreibelbis, NCHSAA assistant commissioner, and assistant director for student services Chiquana Dancy administer the program.
Each of the NCHSAA member schools had the opportunity to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the recognition. The students must have participated in at least one varsity sport or activity, including cheerleading, during the 2011-12 school year, have not been ejected from any contest, and must have demonstrated outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship during their high school careers. The students filled out an application questionnaire and then a school official, such as the principal or athletic director, also provided an evaluation.
The students will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday, June 9, at the Radisson Governors’ Inn in the Research Triangle Park.
"We are proud of the achievements of this select group of student-athletes," said NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield. "With recognitions such as these, we are continuing our emphasis on sportsmanship and the important lessons high school athletics teach."
Lance Byrd, North Wilkes
Jeremy Clark, West Stanly
Jamarcus Clyburn, Forest Hills
Mikhayla Dunn, Person
Logan Garman, Butler
Sean Grant, West Iredell
Ryan Johnson, Clyde A. Erwin
Austin Macemore, Starmount
Victoria McGee, Northwest Guilford
Kadie Morgan, North Stanly
Kaley Moser, Walter Williams
Savannah Nesbitt, Clyde A. Erwin
Patricia Renfrow, North Johnston
Taylor Rhodes, Northwest Guilford
Sydney Richardson, West Stanly
Kimberly Rivers, Forest Hills
Brenna Roberson, North Wilkes
Matthew Rumble, Butler
Elizabeth Scott, West Iredell
Meng Xiong, Albemarle
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