WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896

2017-18 Thomas Law Attorneys Academic All-Area

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MARY CATHERINE DAVIS

North Johnston  High

Along with twin sister, Barrett, became the first female athlete at North Johnston to letter in 15 varsity sports. ... Named to the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference all-conference team in volleyball. ... Qualified for the NCHSAA 2-A track and field championships on the Lady Panthers 4x800-meter relay team. ... Also played soccer and basketball. ... Earned the Tom Suiter Extra Effort Award from WRAL-TV in May. ... Owns 95 USA Power Lifting records. ... Has a 4.4 weighted GPA and is ranked 14th out of 193 in her senior class while taking honors courses. ... Is a member of National Honor Society and landed on the Principal’s List at North Johnston all four years of high school. ... Volunteers with UNC Medical Center NICU unit, Special Olympics, Kenly Youth Volleyball League, North Johnston volleyball and basketball camps, Autumn Care Nursing Home and North Johnston Panther Club, among others. ... Will play volleyball at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

 

CLAIRE DIXON

Fike High

As a senior co-captain, helped the Lady Demons to share of 3-A Big East Conference regular-season title and the conference tournament championship outright after an 0-5 start. ... From her midfield spot, she trailed only senior classmate Reily Nelson in goals scored for the Lady Demons. ... Repeated as an All-Big East Conference selection and landed on the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 3-A All-Region 3 squad for the second straight year. ... Has a 5.125 weighted GPA and is ranked No. 1 in her senior class at Fike while taking International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses. ... Is president of Fike’s chapter of National Honor Society. ... Also a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Interact Club, Science National Honor Society and is the co-founder of Fike’s chapter of the Beta Club. ... Serves as student delegation leader for Youth and Governement program. ... Participant in East Carolina University Math Competition. ... Attended Governor’s School last summer.

 

BAILEY HARDISON

Hunt High

A three-sport competitor for the Lady Warriors in tennis, swimming and soccer. ... Named MVP of the tennis team in the fall. ... Was saluted as Lady Warriors’ Offensive Player of the Year in soccer in helping them to share of 3-A Big East Conference championship. ... Earned spots on the All-Big East and N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 3-A All-Region 3 teams. ... Hunt recipient of Sportsmanship Award at The Brittany. ... Has a 4.5 weighted GPA and is ranked 21st in her class while taking all International Baccalaureate courses at Hunt. ... Is president of Headbands of Hope club at Hunt and a member of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Club Unify. ... Previously served as class president for three years. ... Earned Academic Excellence Award all four years. ... Volunteers for Special Olympics, Maggie Society and at Headbands for Hope 5K Run. ... Works part-time at Highway 55. ... Played for Wilson Youth Soccer Association Explosion.

 

JENNA HUNTER

Wilson Christian Academy

Started in three sports — volleyball, basketball and soccer — for the Lady Chargers, helping them reach the N.C. Christian School Association 2-A semifinals in volleyball and basketball and the championship game in soccer. ... Named to the NCCSA 2-A All-East Region team in soccer. ... Has a 4.3 weighted GPA while taking Advanced Placement and honors courses. ... Is a member of Wilson Christian chapter of National Honor Society. ... Volunteer nursery worker at church. ... Helps elementary school students WCA out of their cars in the mornings. ... Works part-time at Highway 55.

 

MORGAN LANE

Community Christian School

Was named all-conference in cross-country, basketball and soccer and 1-A/2-A Carolina Independents Conference. ... Was the 2016 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champion in girls cross-country but injury prevented her from competing in the state meet last fall. ... Led Lady Cyclones in scoring in basketball. ... Has a 4.536 weighted GPA. ... Is a member of Beta Club, Future Farmers of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. ... Has volunteered at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church’s Community Soup Kitchen and The SPOT. ... Worked part-time as soccer referee for Wilson Parks and Recreation Department. ... Played for Wilson Youth Soccer Association and Tar River Youth Soccer Association. ... Will run cross-country and track at Barton College.

 

EMORY NEW

Southern Nash High

Started in volleyball and softball for the Ladybirds. ... Batted .391 with 20 runs scored and 10 RBIs in helping Southern Nash win the 3-A Big East Conference regular-season and tournament championships in softball. ... Produced 26 assists for Ladybirds volleyball team. ... Was recipient of volleyball team’s Scholar-Athlete Award. ... Received the Tom Suiter Extra Effort Award from WRAL-TV in December 2017. ... Has a 4.61 weighted GPA and ranked second out of 264 in her senior class. ... Is president of Southern Nash chapter of Future Farmers of America and treasurer for the North Carolina FFA’s East Central region. ... Is former Student Government Association class president. ... A member of Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and 4-H Exchange. .... Has received Outstanding AP Award, Outstanding Leadership Award, Spanish Award, Biology Award and the Optimist Club Student of the Year. ... Former Miss Spring Hope Pumpkin Queen. ... Has volunteered with Middlesex Children’s Home, Roadside Clean-up and on a mission trip to Charleston, S.C.

 

MADISON PARKER

Hunt High

Starter on volleyball and soccer teams, earning Coach’s Award in both sports. ... Rang up 128 kills and 28 blocks for the Lady Warriors in helping them to a runner-up finish in 3-A Big East Conference in volleyball. ... Made 41 saves in goal and posted a pair of shutouts for Hunt, which tied for the Big East regular-season title in soccer. ... Has a 4.667 weighted GPA and is ranked 10th in her senior class while taking all International Baccalaureate courses. ... Is president of Hunt’s chapter of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Government Association and a member of Club Unify and Headbands of Hope. ... Earned Academic Excellence Award all four years at Hunt. ... Is Sunday school teacher and youth music leader at Shiloh Pentecostal Holiness Church. ... Volunteers at Special Olympics, Maggie Society and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church’s Community Soup Kitchen. ... Has worked part-time at Dick’s Hot Dogs and Chick-fil-A of Wilson.

 

JADA SANTIAGO

North Johnston High

A three-sport starter, helped the Lady Panthers win 2-A Eastern Plains Conference championships in volleyball and softball and reach the NCHSAA playoffs in basketball. ... Earned All-EPC honorable mention in volleyball for third straight year. ... Was a four-time all-conference pick in softball and the 2-A EPC Player of the Year as she helped Lady Panthers go 27-3 and reach the 2-A Eastern finals. ... Her 13 home runs and 60 RBIs both ranked second statewide in all classifications and associations. ... Has a 4.000 weighted GPA and is ranked 21st in her senior class while taking honors classes along with college courses at Johnston Community College. ... Is a member of National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. ... Has volunteered with Miracle League of the Triangle, SECU Hospice House in Smithfield, Autumn Care Nursing Home in Smithfield, Special Olympics, North Johnston concession stands and Operation Christmas Child through her church, Temple Baptist in Smithfield. ... Will play softball at UNC Wilmington.

 

AMORET STINAGLE

Hunt High

Was named 3-A Big East Conference Player of the Year in helping the Lady Warriors to a 15-10 mark and a spot in the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs after finishing second in the Big East. ... Led the conference with 249 kills and was second in hitting percentage at .221. ... Was a two-time all-conference selection at Hunt. ... Has a 4.2 GPA and ranked 43rd out of 312 in her senior class while taking all honors and Advanced Placement courses. ... Has received the Academic Excellence Award all four years. ... Is a member of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Club Unify and Headbands for Hope. ... Has served as Special Olympics volunteer, is active at Marsh Swamp Church, is a member of Girl Scouts of America and played travel volleyball for Eastern Elite of Goldsboro.

 

TAYLOR WILLIAMS

Greene Central High

Playing No. 1 singles and serving as team captain, helped the Lady Rams go 17-1, including 10-0 in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference, and into the third round of the NCHSAA 2-A dual-team playoffs. ... Went 13-5 in singles and 8-3 in doubles. ... She and doubles partner Hinson Britt won the 2-A East Regional title and reached the state 2-A quarterfinals. ... Has a 4.963 weighted GPA and is ranked No. 2 in her senior class of 193 while taking Advanced Placement U.S. history, language and compostion, psychology and human geography. ... Is a member of National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society (president) and Beta Club. ... Was named Carolina Panthers Community Captain for Greene Central and WITN Pepsi Player of the Week. ... Coordinator for QuickStart Tennis program; Special Olympics tennis coordinator; assistant tournament director for Greene County Tennis Association.

 

RENZO CIEZA

Hunt High

Was the Wilson County boys cross-county champion and the runner-up in the 3-A Big East Conference cross-country meet last fall. ... Qualified for a third straight year for the NCHSAA 3-A East Regional meet. ... Repeated as Hunt’s boys cross-country MVP. ... Holds the second-fastest 5K time in school history at 16:48. ... Also qualified for the third time for the NCHSAA 3-A East Regional meet in outdoor track and field. ... Set the Warriors record in the boys 3,200-meter run this spring (10:31) and is No. 2 in school history in the 1,600 (4:44). ... Served as team captain in cross-country and track. ... Has a 4.583 weighted GPA and ranked 17th in his senior class while in the International Baccalaureate and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs. ... Is a member of National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Science Club, Headbands for Hope, Helping Hands Club and Club Unify. ... Is a four-time recipient of Academic Excellence Certificate. ... Was the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winner for Hunt. ... Helped organize an American Red Cross blood drive. ... Has been a volunteer worker at Tobacco Farm Life Museum, The Brittany and Headbands for Hope 5K Run.

 

AUSTIN CONWAY

Community Christian School

Was the Offensive Player of the Year in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s 1-A Colonial Conference in eight-player football last fall. ... Was named to the NCISAA 1-A All-State Team and repeated as an All-Colonial Conference pick. ... As a tight end, set Cyclones records with 85 catches and 945 receiving yards. ... Played defensive line as well. ... Also started for the Cyclones baseball team. ... Has a 3.821 weighted GPA. ... Is a member of the Beta Club, Photography Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. ... Is active at Parkwood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. ... Will play football at North Carolina Wesleyan College, becoming the first Cyclone to play college football.

 

COLTON CRUZ

Southern Nash High

A two-sport threat, was named 3-A Big East Conference Male Swimmer of the Year and to the All-Big East team in baseball. ... Was also named the conference’s Academic Athlete of the Year in swimming and the Firebirds swim team MVP. ... Led the Firebirds with a .408 batting average with 31 hits, 13 RBIs and 17 runs scored in helping them go 14-11 and reach the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs. ... Has a 4.4 weighted GPA and is ranked No. 22 out of 265 in senior class while taking honors courses. ... Is a member of school’s Beta Club, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Project Unify. ... Recipient of Danforth “I Dare You” National Leadership Award and Spanish 3 Honors Award. ... Serves as volunteer youth baseball coach for Nash County Parks and Recreation Department. ... Active at Taylor’s Chapel Church in Nashville.

 

JOSH FULLER

Hunt High

Playing several positions, including pitcher, was a key figure on the Warriors’ varsity baseball team as they went 16-9, winning the 3-A Big East Conference tournament championship and reaching the NCHSAA playoffs in what was supposed to be a down year. ... Batted .303 with 14 RBIs while going 5-4 with a 3.04 ERA and a team-high 49 strikeouts. ... Earned All-Big East acclaim for a second straight season. ... Was named to the Golden Leaf Invitational All-Academic Team. ... Recipient of WRAL-TV Tom Suiter Extra Effort Award in February. ... Has a 4.56 weighted GPA and is ranked No. 18 in his senior class while taking a full International Baccalaureate course load. ... Is a member of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Club Unify at Hunt and was a National Merit Scholarship commended student in 2017. ... Has worked as an athletic instructor at Wee School in the summer and for the Breakfast Optimist Club of Wilson’s Christmas Tree lot. ... Served as a volunteer for Miracle League of Wake County, Jingle Bell Run and Wilson Parks and Recreation Department’s youth basketball program.

 

JAY GRISSOM

Wilson Christian Academy

Was an NCCSA 2-A East Region selection in soccer for the Chargers and a starter on the basketball team. ... Posted highs of 17 points and 22 rebounds in basketball. ... Has a 4.18 weighted GPA and is ranked sixth in his class while taking Advanced Placement calculus and U.S. history along with honors English. ... Is a member of National Honor Society and has been on the Principal’s List for three years at Wilson Christian. ... Is a youth group leader at Ignite Church in Greenville. ... Works part-time as lifeguard for Greenville Country Club. ... Played travel basketball for Respect Raptors of Greenville.

 

A.J. GUNTER

Fike High

Started on the offensive line for the Golden Demons football team that went 9-4 and finished second in the 3-A Big East Conference this season. ... Played No. 5 singles for the Fike tennis team, going 26-7 in singles during his career, helping the Demons to runner-up finish in Big East and a state-playoff berth. ... Teamed with Walker Gliarmis to reach the NCHSAA 3-A East Regional in doubles. ... Has a 4.83 weighted GPA and is ranked 11th in his senior class while taking International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses. ... Is president of the senior class and Student Government Association at Fike. ... Is member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team, National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society. ... Has served on Wilson Family YMCA Junior Board for four years and New Hope Presbyterian Youth Council for three years. ... Is a junior deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Wilson.

 

JONATHAN LEYSON

Beddingfield High

Made Bruins history by becoming the school’s first boys conference champion in swimming when he won the 100-yard breaststroke at the inaugural 2-A Eastern Plains Conference championship meet in January. ... Also finished second in the 200 individual medley. ... Was named Beddingfield’s Best Male Swimmer. ... Is ranked No. 1 in his senior class with a 5.04 weighted GPA while enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program and taking honors band. ... Is a member of the Bruins marching band and symphonic band as well as the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and the Chess Club. ... Earned the 4.0 Academic Scholar, Academic Champion and Band Director’s Choice awards. ... Volunteers with La Estrella Youth Outreach Program and is active in Daniels Chapel Church’s youth group. ... Works part-time as lifeguard and swimming instructor for Wilson Parks and Recreation Department.

 

PAUL MILLER

Greene Central High

Helped the Rams finish 12-5 overall in taking second place in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference and reaching the second round of the NCHSAA 2-A playoffs. ... Went 10-5 in singles and 7-4 in doubles, qualifying with partner Nailah Ortega for the state 2-A tournament. ... Ranked first in his senior class with a 5.12 weighted GPA while taking Advanced Placement, STEM, honors and music courses. ... Is president of National Honor Society at Greene Central. ... Has been the bass section leader for four years for the Varsity Singers/Choral Scholars and plays electric violin, keyboards, bass and sings for the Ramblers Band. ... Attended Governors School East for music in 2017. ... Twice chosen for North Carolina Honors Chorus and North Carolina Eastern Regional Orchestra. ... Has received multiple highest average awards in high school courses.

 

CARSON SMITHERMAN

C.B. Aycock High

Starting shortstop for the Golden Falcons, helping them to an 18-7 record. ... Named to the Golden Leaf Tournament All-Tournament team in helping the Falcons win their first Golden Leaf title in April. ... Repeated as Golden Leaf Invitational All-Academic Team member. ... Also ran cross-country. ... Has a 5.086 GPA and is the valedictorian of his senior class of 290 members while taking six Advanced Placement and 21 honors courses. ... Is president of Aycock’s chapter of National Honor Society and is a member of National Technical Honor Society, DECA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Math Club. ... Was Aycock’s Student of the Month in September 2017. ... Was a member of Wayne County Junior Leadership and served as volunteer at Wayne UNC Health Care. ... Active in Purpose Driven Baseball Organization. ... Works part-time at Pizza Inn in Pikeville.

 

NADIR THOMPSON

Southern Nash High

Helped the Firebirds win their second straight 3-A Big East Conference football championship in unbeaten style as they went 12-2 and reached the third round of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs. ... Played several different offensive positions and on defense and special teams. ... Accumulated more than 300 total yards and scored two touchdowns. ... Despite being limited by injuries all track and field season, returned to win the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the NCHSAA 3-A East Regional and run on the Firebirds’ victorious 4x200 relay team. ... Has a 3.821 weighted GPA. ... Is a member of National Honor Society. ... Will play football at Virginia Tech.

HONORABLE MENTION

Beddingfield High School: Alan Calderon, Alexa Ruffin

C.B. Aycock High School: Arlanda Faulkner

Community Christian School: Olivia Bullard, Josh Webb

Fike High School: Brandon Atkinson, Justin Daniels, Reily Nelson

Greene Central High School: Taboris Bynum, Taylor Hill

Greenfield School: Argenis Mejia Rodriguez

Hunt High School: Hunter Barnes, Emma Fatzaun, Ethan Fatzaun, Bryce Johnson, Jameson Lucas, Josiah Wattenbarger

North Johnston High School: Kaylee Jones, Taylor Woodard

Southern Nash High School: Kendrick Bell, Dae’One Wilkins

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