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 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 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