Columbus Regional hosted its 11thannual Student Athlete Achievement Banquet on April 19 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. The 2011 awards were given to middle and high school student athletes from the Muscogee, Harris, Russell and Lee County area schools.
The 70 student athletes, a male and female from each school, were chosen on merits of academics, leadership, athletics and community service and were nominated by their coaches and principals. Four students – a male and female each from middle school and high school nominees – were selected for the Above and Beyond award.
A selection committee evaluated each student’s nomination form and selected the following Above and Beyond winners: Alonzo Jones, Jr. from Blackmon Road Middle School; Nahtyka Jolly from East Columbus Magnet Academy; Andrew Mathews from Central High School and Caytlin Merritt from Calvary Christian School. Each of the winners was presented with a $500 savings bond from Synovus and Columbus Bank and Trust.
Gus Malzahn, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Auburn Tigers, was the keynote speaker for the event.
Student athletes honored at the banquet include: Rodney J. Edwards, Jr. and Dazhia Davis-Carr of Arnold Magnet Academy; Juan Hernandez and Tanjie Moore of Baker Middle School; Alonzo Jones, Jr. and Carly Smart of Blackmon Road Middle School; Miles McCluskey and Alexandra McCluskey of Brookstone Middle School; Ben Page and Alex Snipes of Brookstone High School; Jonathan Clark and Sidney Loftin of Calvary Christian Middle School; Matthew Hollis and Caytlin Merritt of Calvary Christian High School; Edward Pritchett and Arnesisha Williamson of Carver High School; Andrew Mathews and Jamicia Lewis of Central High School; Keyshawn Baker and Carly Cochran of Chattahoochee County Middle School; David Cochran, III and KaMara Riley of Chattahoochee County High School; James Beck and Chandler Padgett of Columbus High School; Nicholas Chavers and Samantha Pate of Double Churches Middle School; Luis Lopez and Nahtyka Jolly of East Columbus Magnet Academy; Kevonta Moses and Zoriyona Anderson of Eddy Middle School; Karl Ivey and Erin Colster of Faith Middle School; Mekhi Brown and V-Chanti Carson of Fort Middle School; Austin Scott and Hadiye Clinkscales of Hardaway High School; TaQuon Marshall and Breyunna Bussey of Harris County Carver Middle School; Troy Southwell and Vanessa Galvan of Harris County High School; Marquez Cohenof Jordan High School; Dwayne Belfield and Jazmin Thomas of Kendrick High School; Jaquariez Scott and Erika Delgado of Marshall Middle School; Jacob Pate and Lexie Stohr of Midland Middle School; Travis Oestmann and Mallory McKee of Northside High School; Khane Pass and Dymon Brown of Richards Middle School; Kyle K. Jones and Tamera McClain of Rothschild Middle School; Ben Dodgen and Torrenzia Lyles of Shaw High School; Michael Nolin and Stephanie Spivey of Smiths Station High School; Traveon Samuel and Elexius Cooper of South Girard Middle School; Ashia Muhammad of Spencer High School; Luke Dawahare and Maddie Ray of St. Anne Pacelli Middle School; Brian Mansfield and Katherine Shayne of St. Anne Pacelli High School; Tucker Oliver and Lane Burbrink of St. Luke School; Cedric Dixon and Madison Wilson of Veterans Memorial Middle School; and Dylan Simpson and Mary Kate Campfield of Wacoochee Junior High School.