published Saturday, May 5th, 2012

FCA to honor student athletes

Try as the world might, it just can't seem to change the youth he deals with, said Jay Fowler, director of the Greater Chattanooga/Southeast Tennessee chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

"We continue to have some amazing student athletes that just reflect the core values of FCA," he said. "They've been known to show integrity and teamwork and service and excellence, FCA's core values."

On Monday, the local chapter will name its Christian Athlete of the Year and present $6,000 in scholarships as part of its 49th annual Night of Champions at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave.

The evening honors senior nominees from public and private high schools in a seven-county area.

The cost is $5, and the public is invited. There is no charge for FCA huddle coaches and Athlete of the Year candidates.

"[The candidates] go beyond their stats on the field or their GPAs," Fowler said. "It's incredible the accomplishments of this group. This has been another great class [of seniors], a group of wonderful young people serving and leading FCA in all our schools and in other ministries as well."

The money for the scholarships is provided by the Maclellan Foundation.

The Gerry Stephens Influence Award, Jim Sattler Leadership Award, Legacy Builder Coaches Award and Church Partner of the Year Award also will be presented.

CHRISTIAN ATHLETE OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES

Melanie Barker, Sequatchie County: basketball, Beta Club, class top 10, Health Council, Youth Leadership.

Bethany Cowart, Grace Baptist: softball, National Honor Society, Beta Club, Chattanooga State dual enrollment.

Jerica Davis, Grundy County: basketball, valedictorian, National Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America president.

Dakota Gouger, Marion County: Students Against Destructive Decisions member, missions trip, anti-abortion clinic banquet volunteer.

David Harrison, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences: soccer, cross country, orchestra, mission trip.

Callie Hildebrand, Signal Mountain: volleyball, National Honor Society, Beta Club, yearbook sports editor, student body secretary.

Cody Hopkins, Franklin County: football, soccer, Eagle Scout, Skills USA president, Drama Club.

Garrett Howard, Silverdale Baptist: football, baseball, National Honor Society, Beta Club, Homecoming king.

Kendra Ivins, East Hamilton: soccer, basketball, track, National Honor Society, Beta Club.

Daisha Jackson, East Ridge: volleyball, Most Athletic, student government association vice president, ACT award.

LaQuisha Jackson, Howard: track team, track state record holder, basketball manager, school committee secretary, class top 10.

Matthew Jenkins, Soddy-Daisy: cross country, track, class top 10, Chattanooga Track Club aid station worker.

Morgan Lane, Girls Preparatory School: softball, bowling, Key Club, Career Mentor Program, Ambassadors for Admissions.

Maddie Meneley, Ooltewah: swimming, cross country, All-East Honor Choir, Volunteer Girls State delegate, National Honor Society.

Preston Opperman, Rhea County: basketball, Homecoming court, Most Talented, Academic Champion.

Allen Ramey, Whitwell: wrestling, American Cancer Society Relay for Life volunteer, highest class average awards, mission trip.

Billy Sively, Baylor: football, orchestra, track and field, National Merit Commended Scholar.

Chelsey Smith, Sale Creek: softball, cheerleader, Student Council, Homecoming court representative.

Nikolay Timoshchuk: Central: football, Homecoming king, National Honor Society, Beta Club.

Gilbert Walton, McCallie: track and field, cross country, National Merit Finalist, National Honor Society, Keo-Kio president.

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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