CHAPEL HILL—A total of 19 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 students will be honored Saturday at a luncheon at the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel.
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 2014-15 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.
“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.”
North Carolina Farm Bureau Heart of a Champion 2014-15 Honorees:
Student Athlete School Nominator Jaylen Barnes Durham Jordan Shelba Levins Sophia Bhalla Lincoln Charter Joshua Williams Kyran Bowman Havelock Daniel Griffee Candice Corcoran Eden Morehead Daniel Villa Lauren Davis Asheville Clyde Erwin David Ball Haylee Gee West Iredell Buck Gannon Sydney Gilliam Hendersonville B.J. Laughter Hannah Harvey North Iredell Darla Cline Amity Ikard Maiden Jessica Frye, Debbie Moose, Miranda Rowe Stephen Mabe North Wilkes Michael Greene, Marty Behrens Micah Marcin Durham Jordan Shelba Levins Sophia McFarlane Central Cabarrus Brandon Blalock Tyler McHargue West Iredell Buck Gatton Andrew Moore Mount Airy Cody Atkins William Myers IV Asheville Clyde Erwin David Ball Amber Stallings Perquimans Laura Moreland Parker Williams West Rowan Todd Bell Kaitlyn Wood Smoky Mountain Eric Toedtman Taylor Wyatt North Wilkes Michael Greene,Marty Behrens