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