Athletes from each of Fayette County’s public high schools were recognized recently as winners of the 2020 Positive Athlete Georgia award for their contributions to their schools and the community.
“A successful athlete is more than someone who excels at their sport. Those who make their marks on the sports world and leave behind legacies also show strength in integrity, ethics, leadership and sportsmanship,” said school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach.
Individual athletes from all five of Fayette County’s high schools are the epitome of those who are destined to be remembered for both their extraordinary athletic abilities and interpersonal skills, said Berry-Dreisbach.
The following students have been selected as winners of the 2020 Positive Athlete Georgia award in their sport for the South Atlanta Region: Nicholas Smiech, Boys Soccer, Whitewater High; Cal Bowles, Boys Lacrosse, McIntosh High; Oghosa Omobude, Girls Lacrosse, Fayette County High; Lexi Edwards, Girls Cross Country, Starr’s Mill High; and Helen Sorme, Girls Swimming and Diving, Sandy Creek High.
“These student athletes were among over 5,000 throughout the state who were nominated for the award by coaches, teachers, parents, and fans for their positive outlooks, actions, and inspiration to others,” Berry-Dreisbach said. “Only about seven percent of nominees are recognized. A total of 30 athletes from the South Atlanta Region received the award.”
Berry-Dreisbach noted that Positive Athlete Georgia celebrates high school student athletes and coaches who give back, are involved in their schools and communities, overcome difficult circumstances and embody the organization’s seven definitions of a positive athlete: optimistic attitude, encouraging teammate, servant leader, heart for others, admits imperfections, always gives 100 percent, and puts team first.