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EMMA FATZAUN, 
Hunt High School

A member of the Lady Warriors cross-country, swimming, track and field and soccer teams, she received the Coaches Award in cross-country. … Finished third in the Wilson County Cross-Country Championships, helping the Lady Warriors to the team title. … Was a member of Hunt’s 3-A Big East Conference girls soccer championship team. ... Has a 4.5 GPA and is ranked second in her senior class of 311. … Received Hunt’s Academic Excellence Award all four years. … Elected president of Student Government Association and National Honor Society at Hunt, where she is also a member of Junior Pink Ladies, Club Unify, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Science Club, Recycling Team and Headbands of Hope. … Served on Volunteer Outreach Subcommittee and volunteered for Special Olympics. … Recipient of Daughters of American Revolution History Award. … Captain of her Wilson Youth Soccer Association team.

 

OLIVIA GACHUZ,
North Johnston High School

Standout performer for Lady Panthers tennis and softball teams. ... Went 17-1 at No. 2 singles and teamed with Maria Teurel to go 10-5 at No. 2 doubles in tennis. ... Named to 2-A Eastern Plains Conference all-conference team. ... Helped Lady Panthers win EPC softball title, going 10-0 in conference play and reach the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs. ... Batted .453 with 18 RBIs and seven stolen bases. ... Has signed with University of Mount Olive to play softball. ... Has a 3.8 GPA and is ranked 47th of 224 in her senior class while taking honors courses. ... Is a member of National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America and First Priority Leadership Team as well as North Johnston honors chorus. ... Is active at Kenly Original Free Will Baptist Church and sings in the adult and youth choir. ... Sings in the Kenly Community Choir. ... Has volunteered with Kenly Fire Department fundraisers, Fishers of Men, Kenly Christmas on Main, Souper Saturday and Reecey Cup. ... Has helped Kenly Parks and Recreation Department as a basketball assistant coach and scorekeeper. ... Plays travel softball with N.C. Challengers.

 

MORGAN GARNER,
Community Christian School

Standout on the Lady Cyclones volleyball team, winning Coaches Award. ... Has a 4.05 GPA and is ranked third in her senior class while taking honors chemistry and English. ... Is a member of the Beta Club at CCS and is the senior class secretary for Student Government Association. ... Volunteers in the children’s ministry at Peace Church. ... Works part-time at Cracker Barrel in Smithfield.

 

SUMER HASSAN,
Greenfield School

A three-sport starter, earned All-Coastal Plain Independents Conference honors in volleyball, basketball and soccer. … She helped the Lady Knights to at least one victory in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A playoffs in each sport. … Was named MVP of the volleyball team and earned the Coaches Award in basketball. … Has a 4.4 GPA while taking Advanced Placement courses and online classes at Wilson Community College. … Served as sergeant-at-arms for Student Government Association and is a member of National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, Youth and Government, which she served as senator at YAG conference, and Buddies Not Bullies Club. … Participated in Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. … Served as volunteer for numerous causes, including Hope Station, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Puerto Rico hurricane relief, Compassionate Care Fund and Hillcrest Farms horse therapy program. … Volunteer youth basketball and soccer coach for Wilson Parks and Recreation Department. … Worked in summer at Camp Sunshine.

 

McKENZIE HINNANT,
Hunt High School

A starter for the Lady Warriors tennis and soccer team. ... Helped Hunt win its first unbeaten conference title in girls soccer in more than a decade. ... Co-captain on the soccer team. ... Holds a 4.02 GPA and is ranked No. 24 in her senior class while taking honors and Wilson Community College courses. ... Served as secretary for Junior Pink Ladies and National Honor Society as well as Hunt ambassador. ... Is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Club Unify and Headbands of Hope. ... Sings in Hunt chorus. ... Voted Hunt’s 2018 homecoming queen. ... Hunt Academic Excellence Award recipient. ... Served as secretary for Wilson County 4-H club. ... Volunteered for such events as Special Olympics, Whirligig Festival, Backpack Buddies and 4-H Valentine’s Luncheon. ... Studied dance for 16 years. ... Played for Wilson Youth Soccer Association. ... Volunteer youth soccer coach for Wilson Parks and Recreation Department.

 

REBEKAH PIERCE,
Hunt High School

Was co-captain of girls cross-country, girls swimming and girls track and field teams. ... Was member of Lady Warriors’ 3-A Big East Conference-champion 400-yard freestyle relay team. ... Earned Most Improved award for swimming. ... Finished fourth at Wilson County Cross-Country Championships, earning all-county for third straight year. ... Recipient of Scholar-Athlete Award and Coaches Award for track. ... Was a regional qualifier in cross-country, swimming and track. ... Ranked No. 1 in her senior class of 311 with a 4.55 GPA while taking honors and Advanced Placement courses. ... She is the senior class president for Student Government Association and president of Hunt’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the French Club. ... Is a member of National Honor Society, Club Unify and Headbands of Hope and served on the prom committee at Hunt. ... Has participated in the YMCA Young Leaders Institute. ... Has done extensive volunteer work for Spring Arbor Assisted Living, Special Olympics, Cragmont Golf Tournament and Upward Basketball. ... Works part-time as a tutor.

 

ISABEL REED,
Hunt High School

Standout runner for the Lady Warriors’ cross-country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field teams. ... Won the Wilson County Cross-Country Championship girls meet for the third straight year. ... Finished sixth, earning all-conference honors at the 3-A Big East Conference cross-country championships. ... Named girls cross-country MVP. ... Qualified for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional meets in cross-country, indoor and outdoor track. ... Earned MVP honors for girls indoor and outdoor track. ... Has a 4.19 GPA and is ranked 15th in her senior class at Hunt while taking honors, Advanced Placement and AVID courses. ... Is a member of National Honor Society, Student Government Association and Headbands for Hope at Hunt. ... Volunteered as a teacher’s assistant in the summer VolunTEEN program. ... Volunteered at and participated in Headbands of Hope 5K run.

 

ASHLEIGH SAGE,
Fike High School

A standout in volleyball and basketball for the Lady Demons, earning All-Big East Conference acclaim in both sports. … Led Fike in rebounds (9.5), blocks (3.5) and double-doubles in basketball and kills and blocks in volleyball. … Has a 4.25 GPA and is ranked No. 17 in her senior class while taking honors, Advanced Placement and College and Career Promise courses. … Is a member of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Technical Honor Society and Beta Club. … Made Fike honor roll all four years. … Has served as Upward Basketball volunteer referee. … Works part-time at Scoops. … Played two seasons of AAU basketball. … Has volunteered for church mission trips.

 

 

JORDYN SCOTT,
North Johnston High School

Volleyball, basketball and softball standout for the Lady Panthers. ... Helped North Johnston reach the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs in volleyball and basketball. ... Named MVP of the Johnstonian News Holiday Invitational in basketball. ... Helped Lady Panthers win third straight 2-A Eastern Plains Conference softball title and second in a row unbeaten. ... Batted .366 with team-high 29 RBIs in softball. ... Will play softball at Louisburg College. ... Has a 3.6 GPA while taking honors courses. ... Is a member of Future Farmers of America and National Honor Society at North Johnston. ... Has volunteered with Pine Level Recreation Department. ... Plays travel softball with Carolina Cardinals Wall. ... Works part-time at Nik’s Pizza in Kenly.

 

JENNA VARNELL,
Wilson Christian Academy

Standout for the Lady Chargers cross-country and soccer teams. … Earned a spot on the All-Wilson County cross-country team with a top-10 finish at the county championships. … A two-time selection to the North Carolina Christian School Association’s 2-A All-State Girls Soccer Team. … As captain, helped the Lady Chargers win the NCCSA 2-A East Region District 3 title and reach the girls soccer state final. … Named to NCCSA All-State Academic Athletic Team. … Has a 4.78 GPA and ranked No. 1 in her senior class at Wilson Christian while taking honors and Advanced Placement courses. … Is senior class president and president of WCA’s chapter of National Honor Society. … Placed first in piano duet at the NCCSA state competition. … Played violin in the WCA band and sang in the choir. … Active at Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she plays piano. … Played for Wilson Youth Soccer Association for five years.

 

 

GARRETT BROWDER,
Fike High School

Two-sport standout for Golden Demons. ... Team captain in football, making 133 tackles in nine games to go along with two interceptions en route to 3-A Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors as a linebacker. ... Three-time letterman in football and four-time in baseball. ... As a catcher, has signed with Davidson College for baseball. ... Holds a 4.38 weighted GPA in the International Baccalaureate Program along with Wilson Community College online courses and is ranked 15th in his senior class. ... Active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society. ... Works with Exceptional Children classes during gym time and attends Special Olympics with students. ... Works part-time at Wilson Parks and Recreation as a scorekeeper for flag football, basketball and kickball. ... Selected to participate in YMCA Young Leaders Academy.

 

ADAM DERMER,
Hunt High School

Two-sport performer in swimming and boys golf, qualifying twice for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A championships in swimming. ... Senior captain of golf and swimming teams. ... Four-year letterman in both sports. ... Possesses a 4.196 weighted GPA. ... Member of Club Unify, Wilson Youth Council, National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. ... Student Government Association Reporter. ... Part of Hunt School Broadcasting Team for City of Wilson. ... Serves as treasurer and board member for the Larry Pittman Memorial Junior Golf Tournament. ... Hunt Scholar-Athlete Award winner for golf and swimming, three-time Hunt Academic Champion. ... Nominee for both Governor’s School and Boy’s State. ... Works as lifeguard at Wilson Parks and Recreation and Regency Athletic Club. ... Operates and maintains golf carts at Wedgewood Public Golf Course. 

 

JARED FIELDS,
Greene Central High School

Three-sport performer for the Rams in football, wrestling and track. ... Compiled 99 wins in wrestling, including a 38-6 record as a senior at 170 pounds. Won the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference individual title and finished runner-up in the 2-A East regional. ... Football co-captain at wide receiver and outside linebacker. ... Earned “Ram Pride” award in track and Most Improved honors in wrestling. ... Holds a 4.2 weighted GPA and is ranked No. 6 in his class. ... Active in National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, Beta Club and the STEM program. ... Volunteers at Partnership for Children of Lenoir and Greene Counties.

 

BRANDON GILBERT,
Greene Central High School

Senior excelled in football and boys tennis for the Rams. ... As a three-year starter at linebacker, was a co-captain for junior and senior seasons. ... Named to 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference first team as a senior as well as The Wilson Times All-Area Team. ... Named team’s Defensive MVP in 2018. ... Led Greene Central’s tennis team to an 18-2 record, a No. 4 state ranking by North Carolina High School Tennis Coaches Association and an appearance in the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs. ... Played at No. 1 singles and teamed with Cameron Beaman to win the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference individual doubles title. ... Owns a 4.09 GPA in Advanced Placement and Honors courses. ... Active in National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club and National High School Honors Association. ... Volunteered with upkeep of Greene Central athletic facilities, Special Olympics, Greene County Interfaith Volunteers Food Pantry and Peer Group Connections, a group of ambassadors that tour incoming freshmen and visitors around the grounds of Greene Central. ... Will play football at Barton College.

 

LUIS HERRERA,
Wilson Preparatory Academy

Senior forward pumped in 13 goals and seven assists as WPA finished 16-7 and won the Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Capital City Athletic Conference East Division title with a 10-0 record. ... Possesses a 3.925 weighted GPA in Advanced Placement and Honors courses. ... Member of National Honor Society and Senior Beta Club. ... Plays for Wilson Youth Soccer Association ‘01 Explosion team that reached the North Carolina Youth Soccer Kepner Cup 18U Boys semifinals. ... Named to inaugural WYSA High School Boys Soccer All-County Team. ... CCAC All-Conference selection.

 

NOAH MORAN,
Community Christian School

Ranked No. 1 in senior class at CCS with a 4.14 GPA while taking honors courses. ... Member of Beta Club. ... Played basketball and baseball at CCS. ... Named the Cyclones’ Defensive Player of the Year in boys basketball. ... CCS Most Valuable Player in baseball and the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. ... Active in church activities and owns his own car washing business.

 

ZACH PITTMAN,
Fike High School

Senior helped lead the Golden Demons to the 3-A Big East Conference baseball championship and a 22-2 record while reachiing the fourth round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs. ... Earned All-Big East Conference acclaim in baseball and in football as a wide receiver, where he caught 19 passes for 496 yards and three TDs. ... Holds a 4.44 weighted GPA and is ranked No. 7 in his senior class while taking Advanced Placement courses. ... Member and treasurer of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Beta Club. ... Involved in a variety of volunteer activities, including the Brittany Willis Soccer Showcase and the Golden Leaf Invitational. ... Will attend North Carolina State University.

 

PATRICK SMITH,
Greenfield School

As a senior co-captain, helped the Knights reach the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A boys soccer championship game while finished 13-8-2. … Earned NCISAA 1-A All-State and 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference acclaim. … A senior co-captain and starter on the Knights baseball team that won the CPIC title for the first time since 2015. … Named MVP of the boys swim team. …Holds a 4.96 weighted GPA. … Member of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Art Honor Society, Chick-fil-A Leader Academy and Science Club. … President of Youth and Government; vice president of Student Government Association, Spanish Club and Buddies Not Bullies. … Involved in numerous fundraising projects at Greenfield, including the Wilson Swamp Stomp, Haunted Trail, Compassionate Care Fund and Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief. … Served as a volunteer for United Way of Wilson and ARC Camp Sunshine. … Member of Wilson Youth Council and Boy Scouts.

 

JACKSON STONE,
Greenfield School

Senior midfielder scored 37 goals and made 22 assists for the Knights as they reached the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A boys soccer championship game. … Earned NCISAA 1-A All-State for the third straight year. … Was named Wilson County Mr. Soccer by the Wilson Youth Soccer Association, headlining its inaugural High School Boys Soccer All-County Team. … Proclaimed 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference Player of the Year. … Helped Greenfield win the NCISAA 1-A boys cross-country championship in its first appearance in the state championship meet. … Finished fifth at the state meet in 20:41.67, earning a spot on the NCISAA 1-A All-State team. … Holds a 5.02 weighted GPA while taking Advanced Placement or Wilson Community College courses. … President of Student Government Association and Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Greenfield and vice president of its National Honor Society chapter as well as Spanish Club and Youth and Government. … A four-year member of Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. … Awarded one of the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarships to the University of North Carolina. … Involved in numerous fundraising projects at Greenfield, including the Wilson Swamp Stomp, Haunted Trail, Compassionate Care Fund and Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief. … Was awarded the Helping Hands Volunteer of the Year by Diversified Opportunities, Inc., where he serves as a volunteer. … Has coached youth soccer for Wilson Recreation Department and volunteers at The SPOT and Save-A-Youth. … Earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 6 of Wilson.

 

KARSTEN WOODARD,
Wilson Preparatory Academy

Two-sport participant in four years at WPA, playing soccer and basketball. ... Ranks No. 1 in senior class with weighted grade point average of 4.33, taking combination of Advanced Placement and Honors courses. ... Student Government Association president, vice president of Senior Beta Club and president of National Honor Society. ... Received the Outstanding Youth Award from Beta Beta Beta chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. ... Active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. ... Serves as volunteer at Spring Arbor of Wilson and as a WPA Ambassador.

 

Honorable Mention

C.B. Aycock High School: David McIver

Beddingfield High School: Karissa Hayes

Community Christian School: Kyra Strange, Gavin Wiley

Greene Central High School: Lexi Blizzard,
Shamaya Bryant, Jalin Connor

Hunt High School: Salvatore Campbell, Caleb Davis,
Brittany Glover, Me’Kailya Harris, Camille Ruiz,
Jirhen Strickland

North Johnston High School: Blayke Batten,
Brice Godwin, Lindsey Massengill

Wilson Preparatory Academy: Jadore Lucas-Barnes

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