Sportsmanship Recognition For NCHSAA Student-athletes As “Heart Of A Champion” Winners Honored

CHAPEL HILL—Some 25 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools have been recognized 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 GlaxoSmithKline. Mark Dreibelbis, NCHSAA assistant executive director, and student services assistant 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, including cheerleading, during the 2004-05 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 were honored at a luncheon in June at the Radisson Governors’ Inn in the Research Triangle Park.





GlaxoSmithKline Heart of a Champion 2005 Honorees:



Richard Altman, Sanderson High School, Raleigh

Christopher Ange, Davie High School

Norah Bate, Asheville High School

Brittany Beeker, West Lincoln High School

Hannah Cheek, Southern Alamance High School

Christy Freeman, Lumberton High School

John Gann, Eastern Guilford High School

Heather Hollis, East Columbus High School

Haskins Howerton, Asheville High School

Ricky Jackson, South Stanly High School

Jackie Justice, Eastern Guilford High School

Brian Lackey, Alexander Central High School

James McNamara, James B. Hunt High School, Wilson

Paul Novicki, South Lenoir High School

Justin Pace, Western Harnett High School

Megan Parker, Clayton High School

Amanda Pope, North Johnston High School

Kendal Purvis, South Stanly High School

Keane Steele, West Lincoln High School

Jonathan Thrasher, Southern Alamance High School

Molly Tully, Wake Forest-Rolesville High School

Stephen Vance, Southeast Guilford High School

Amy Vogel, North Wilkes High School

Heather Weatherell, Green Hope High School, Morrisville

Melanie Yelardy, Sanderson High School, Raleigh