CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 William Clary Medal scholarship. This year’s recipients are Ty Meyer from Hobbton High School and Jayda Bodine from Lejeune High School. Winners of the Clary Medal are awarded a one-time $2,000 scholarship and a commemorative plaque at the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.
ABOUT THE CLARY MEDAL
The Clary Medal is made possible through the generosity of the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation and annually recognizes an outstanding male and female varsity student athlete participating in varsity competition in at least two NCHSAA-sanctioned teams. The award is based on the individual’s excellence in athletic participation, extra-curricular activities and community service. Each recipient of this medal exhibits a desire to excel in all areas of life – athletics, education, sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership, honesty and integrity.
Wilburn Clary’s athletic career involved coaching, officiating and administration. He coached several sports at the Methodist Children’s Home for almost 30 years, was an outstanding official on the high school and collegiate level and served as the executive secretary of the Western North Carolina High School Activities Association from 1949-1977 until it merged with the NCHSAA. Mr. Clary was the first collegiate football official to be inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
JAYDA BODINE – LEJEUNE HIGH SCHOOL
Jayda Bodine is a senior at Lejeune High School who participates in volleyball, basketball and softball. She carries a 4.22 GPA and is at the top of her class. On the field, she is a leader of her teams as the captain of all three sports. This year in basketball she was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, earning that same distinction in volleyball. She has been named an All-Conference performer three times in volleyball and twice in basketball. She has overcome four shoulder reconstructions during high school to be a part of her high school teams and excelled through the adversity.
Off the field, Bodine is active in the Lejeune Student Government Association, serving as the Executive Branch Vice President her junior year, and as the Executive Branch President in her senior year. She also participates in National Honor Society as the school’s chapter President, Future Business Leaders of America as that chapter’s President, and is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She plans to attend East Carolina University with a full scholarship and study biology with the hope of becoming a pediatric oncologist to battle childhood cancers.
TY MEYER – HOBBTON HIGH SCHOOL
Ty Meyer is a senior at Hobbton High School and a member of the Men’s Cross Country and Golf teams. He carries a 4.64 GPA and is ranked number four in his graduating class. He has served as team captain of the golf team all four years at Hobbton and was named to the first team of the All-Conference team in golf a season ago. He was a regional qualifier with the team last year and qualified to the regional on his own during his sophomore season. In cross country, Meyer has been the team captain in each of the last two seasons, after earning the Dedication Award during his freshman and sophomore years. He helped lead the cross country team to their first ever State Championship Meet Qualification during his junior year and a conference championship in both his junior and senior seasons.
Meyer has been an active member of Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America where he serves as the school’s chapter President, and a Science Club member. He finished third in the NC Law Day Bar Association Essay Contest in his sophomore year and placed first in the NC Poultry Production SAE Award contest. He is also a member of Goshen Methodist Church, active in the youth group, and has volunteered at the local VA Hospital, while working as a farm hand. He plans to attend NC State and major in Agriculture Business Management, minoring in political science, to help farmers work on issues related to agricultural law and business.