Grand Award nominees named

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Rotary awards to be held June 7

By Mike Forster

Following a year of superb accomplishments both on the field of play and in the classroom, select student-athletes will be duly honored.

The Rotary Club will, once again, host its Scholar-Athlete awards, where individuals from 21 sports will be feted.  Additionally, a male and a female Grand Award winner will be selected.

The fun will take place on Tuesday, June 7, at the Liberty High School auditorium. 

We don’t envy the selection committee its work.  A quick look at the list of individual sport nominees (below) reveals some outstanding candidates, across the board.

Selection of the Grand Award winners is always difficult.  This year should prove to be no different.

On the ladies’ side, there are three outstanding scholar-athletes up for the award:  Liberty’s Callie Glover, Staunton River’s Morgan Linkous and Jefferson Forest’s Leigha Schimmoeller.

Glover was a standout on Liberty’s volleyball and softball teams.  In fact, she was a captain of both squads her senior year.

She has a 3.5 GPA and is heading to Liberty University next year.  She is active in the youth group at Bedford Baptist Church and will soon go on her fifth mission trip.

She was also the 2010 homecoming queen and the 2011 prom queen.

Linkous is a three-sport athlete at Staunton River, playing volleyball, basketball and softball.

She captained the basketball and softball teams.  Additionally, she was a member of the Varsity Club and the German Club.  Linkous will attend East Tennessee State in the fall.  She carried a 3.3 GPA.

Schimmoeller ran cross country, indoor and outdoor track for Jefferson Forest.  She captained those squads.  She earned all-district, all-region and all-state recognition for her running abilities.

She is a member of the National Honor Society and a State Science Fair finalist.

Schimmoeller has a 3.91 GPA and will matriculate to Roanoke College in the fall.

On the men’s side, there are another three excellent candidates:  Liberty’s Matthew Kerr, Staunton River’s Cody Meadows and Jefferson Forest’s Chad Nowakowski.

Kerr was a standout football player, where he received All-Seminole recognition as a tight end.  He was also on the Liberty basketball and baseball teams.

He carries a 3.91 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and president of the FCA.  He has been on five mission trips with Thaxton Baptist Church.

He will attend Christopher Newport in the fall.

Cody Meadows has run cross country, indoor and outdoor track for Staunton River. 

He is ranked at the top of his class, with a 4.6 GPA.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Club and the Chess Club.

He will attend Roanoke College in the fall.

Chad Nowakowski swam four years for JF, serving as team captain his senior year.  He won top prize at States the past two years as part of JF’s 4 X 100 relay.  He won numerous regional titles over his career.

He is a member of the Spanish Honor Society, the Student Activites Board of  the Governor’s School and the FCA 

Nowakowski will take his 4.28 GPA to William and Mary next year.