CLOVER -- First-year Clover High School Principal Dr. Tommy Schmolze brought into focus student-athletes' role in the education process during last week's winter awards ceremony held at the School District Auditorium.
Speaking before athletes, coaches and parents gathered for the annual event, Schmolze asked all senior athletes to stand.
"I want to thank you for the sacrifices you've made," Schmolze said to the senior contingent. "You have shown amazing leadership."
Schmolze challenged junior athletes in attendance to assume leadership roles when it's their turn.
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"Next year will be the last time you will be involved in organized sports," the former high school coach said to his receptive audience. "It's something for you to think about. I am sure our senior athletes are giving it some though tonight."
CHS athletic director Carroll Hester said more than 120 athletes participated in winter sports.
"Their participation and achievement in extra-curricular activities helps prepare them for life," Hester said.
He praised CHS coaches for their time, passion and commitment in molding the lives of student-athletes.
Hester encouraged parents of athletes to become active members of the Clover Athletic Booster Club, reminding them that the booster club supports all athletic teams at the school.
The CHS AD said booster club members are in the early stages of putting together the football program for next year.
"It's the organization's biggest source of revenue," he said.
More than a third of the athletes were recognized for making the A-B honor roll.
Awards recipients included the following:
Ninth-grade boys basketball: Blue Eagle Award, Ashleyn Thomason; Team First Award, Ryan Stollar.
JV girls basketball: Most Valuable Player, Haley Burton; Most Improved, Erin Cox.
JV boys basketball: Hustle Award, James Walker; Blue Eagle Award, Darian Harris; Defensive Award, B. J. Hinton.
Varsity cheerleaders: Most Spirited, Allie Deyton; Leadership Award, Missy Barnett; Blue Eagle Cheerleading Award, Morgan Stewart.
JV cheerleaders: Coach's Award, Leslie Knight; Blue Eagle Award, Kelsey Clifford.
Varsity girls basketball: Coach's Award, Erica Harper; Offensive MVP, Stephanie Dover; Defensive MVP, Rachael Newmister; All-Region, Stephanie Dover, Iesha Wade.
Varsity boys basketball: Best Offense Award, Alexander Wiley; Best Defense Award, Chris Lindsay; Most Improved, Josh Clawson; Coach's Award, Aaron Miller; Team First Award, Deshawn Littlejohn; All-Region, Chris Lindsay, Alexander Wiley.
Wrestling: Most Valuable, Avery Neubert; Blue Eagle Attitude Award, Thomas Evans; Coach's Award, Taylor Moss.
Avery Neubert and Andrew Brown were recognized as region champions and fourth place state finishers.