Sunday, May 28 2017

Scholar-Athlete Awards Night

The Durham Sports Club Scholar-Athlete Awards Night was established to honor the top scholar-athletes in Durham’s high schools. The Athletic Director of each public and private high school nominates one senior male and one senior female for these awards. A committee of Durham Sports Club members then selects winners of scholarships totaling $6,000.

All of the nominees, along with their parents, Athletic Director and Principal, were honored at a dinner banquet on June 1st at Croasdaile Country Club. At that time, the Club presented each school’s Athletic Director with a donation for their athletic departments, and the scholarship recipients were named. The evening was highlighted by our keynote speaker, Scottie Montgomery, Head Football Coach at East Carolina University, and presentations by Dr. Bert L’Homme, Superintendent of Durham Public Schools, and Dillon Leovic, one of last year’s recipients, who spoke about his first year of college at Duke University.

Beginning in 2011, the $1,000 scholarships that one boy and one girl receive have been “named” to honor Mildred Barnes and Harold Strawbridge, two people that have made significant contributions to the establishment of the Durham Sports Club Scholarship Foundation. 2016’s winner of the “Mildred Barnes Scholar-Athlete Award” for girls was Colette Camby from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and the 2015 winner of the “Harold Strawbridge Scholar-Athlete Award” for boys was Lee Rodio from Northern High School.

For 2016, the nominees were:

Durham Academy: Cha’Mia Rothwell and Sam Frey (not pictured)

Durham School of the Arts: Thomas Little and Hannah Yueh











Hillside High School: Anthony Teachey and Leoncia Gillespie

Jordan High School: Joshua Morgenlander and Rachel Geoffrion

North Carolina School of Science and Math: Ian Bunner and Colette Cambe









Northern High School: Lee Rodio and Jessica Spicer

Riverside HIgh School: Reuben Jones, IV (not pictured) and Ajeya Boggan-Murden

Southern School of Energy and Sustainability: Kaleb Barfield and Addis Lemons











Voyager Academy: Jay Huff and Carli Reo












2015 Scholarship Recipient, Dillon Leovic

Dr. Bert L’Homme, Superintendent of Durham Public Schools

Keynote Speaker, Scottie Montgomery, Head Football Coach, East Carolina University











Durham Sports Club’s Program Chairman, Tommy Hunt, introducing our Keynote Speaker

Scholar-Athlete Awards Night Chairman, Jon Fletcher


Croasdaile Country Club provided a great backdrop for our honorees












(Special thanks to Preston Mayo of Strawbridge Studios for the photography)


Durham Sports Club