Photo by Heather Middleton
From Staff Reports
Thursday night at Charles Drew High School, senior athletes from Clayton County were honored for academic achievement.
Students were nominated by coaches, athletics directors and principals based on performance, academic excellence and character. Each athlete had to have at least at 3.5 grade point average.
The following athletes were honored from Forest Park:
Dang Ly (baseball and wrestling), Emily Lasher (softball), Joel Gallegos (cross country), Lillian Jordan (tennis) and Minh Nguyen (tennis).
The following athletes were
nominated from Jonesboro:
Briana Thomas (volleyball), Kayla Dowdell (volleyball), Miisha Floyd (tennis), Nour Warsame (soccer) and Naomi Soto (soccer).
The following athletes were honored from Lovejoy:
Chinelo Ononye (volleyball), Elizabeth Cooper (soccer), Jill Martin (tennis), Justin Green (basketball) and Leroy Merritt (basketball).
The following athletes were honored from Morrow:
Brittney Askew (basketball), David Placido, Jr. (baseball), Giau Nguyen (tennis) and Uland Nolley (basketball).
The following athletes were honored from Mt. Zion:
Ja'Lise Hammond (cheerleading), Jasmine Manning (basketball), Olivia Ogba (track and field), Roxie Carberry (track and field) and Ryan Johnson (football).
The following athletes were honored from Mundy's Mill:
Broderick Grimes (basketball), Kristina Bridges (basketball), Maya Collins (track and field), Tiara Smith (volleyball), Aryn Ward (tennis) and Victoria Ohuba (tennis).
The following athletes were honored from North Clayton:
Arielle Thomas (basketball) China Jackson (tennis), Miranda Cantrell (basketball), Nnenna Dieke (soccer) and Roman Woodburn (basketball).
The following athletes were honored from Riverdale:
Alexis Moody (cheerleading), Bria Jordan (cheerleading), Chie Zanders (football), Francesca Zalaud (soccer and cross country) and Michelle Scott (cross Country and track and field).
Coming back home:
Atlanta Falcon wide receiver Harry Douglas, a former standout football and basketball player at Jonesboro, was in attendance at this year's athletic scholar's banquet. Douglas, who went on to play college football at the Univesity of Louisville, was in attendance with his parents Harry and Stephanie.
Brother Toney Douglas plays basketball for the New York Knicks.