NCHSAA honors top 100 administrators, Person's Joel Newton
As part of the celebration of the centennial of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the NCHSAA has released the first list of its “100 To Remember” series — 10 with strong area ties.
The list of “100 To Remember: Administrators” highlights one hundred of the top administrators in NCHSAA history, going back to the founding of the organization in 1913. A special committee, including school administrators and coaches from across the state as well as sports media, put together the list in a series of meetings.
During the 2013 year in which the 100th anniversary is celebrated by the NCHSAA, other “100 To Remember” lists will be released, including coaches, female athletes and male athletes. The development of the lists and the discussions certainly fit in with the slogan for the centennial: “Honoring the Past, Embracing the Present and Shaping the Future.”
Among the local honorees are two with strong ties to UNC Chapel Hill in the late William Friday and current ACC commissioner John Swofford, and former Duke football star and coach Jerry McGee of Elizabeth City. On the list, too, is former NCHSAA leader Simon Terrell who coached at Durham High School in the 1950s.
Also included are former Durham coaches, athletic directors and/or principals Catherine Armwood (Brogden Middle School, Durham High School, Durham School of the Arts), Willie Bradshaw (Lincoln High, Hillside High, Durham City Schools athletic director), Roland “Chip” Gill (Southern High School), Herb Goins (Durham Public Schools athletic director), Richard Hicks (N.C. Central University and Hillside High principal) and Ruth Pool (Hillside High).
A SPECIAL ROCKET
Dual sport football/baseball athlete Joel Newton of Person High School is one of the two recipients of the eighth annual Clary Medal awarded by the NCHSAA. He will be honored May 2 at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill.
Paige Robertson of Creswell is the other winners.
The Clary Medal annually recognizes an outstanding male and female student-athlete, who each receive a $2,000 scholarship to further his or her education at the college level.
To be eligible for the award, a student must be a senior at an NCHSAA member school, participate on at least two athletic teams, maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrate excellence in athletic participation, extra-curricular activities and community service.
Newton has played four years of football (linebacker) and baseball (catcher) for the Rockets.
He is a four-year member of the Key Club, president of the newly formed Pep Club, and a member of the National Honor Society. An active member of Clement Baptist Church, Newton is an Eagle Scout and has volunteered with a number of charities, including Samaritan’s Purse. He is undecided on his choice of colleges.
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