Conway High recognizes athletes

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by Sonja J. Keith

The Conway Booster Club recently celebrated high school senior athletes representing 18 different sports during an annual recognition program held at Buzz Bolding Arena.

The event included a dinner for student athletes — provided by Virco Mfg. and prepared by Gary Crockett — followed by a program.  

Athletic director Steve Daniels thanked Scotty Bell and Virco Mfg. for providing the meal the last four years. Booster club president Marty Walter also thanked school officials and recognized club officers.

2012 CHS graduate Derek Walter, who attends the University of Central Arkansas, was the emcee for the event. He introduced each senior and shared information on their sport, accomplishments and future plans.

“During the 2013-14 school year, the athletic programs have been very successful,” he said. “This is a direct result of hard work, dedication, teamwork, sweat and long hours.”

Walter highlighted team and individual accomplishments, including conference championships in boys golf and girls swimming, the state runner-up girls swim team and the state championship in girls basketball.

Top scholar athlete awards were presented to Olivia Tzeng and William Bryden. Tzeng was a member of the Conway High girls soccer team and had a GPA of 4.3269. Bryden was a member of the swim team and had a GPA of 4.463.

Each received a $500 award from Conway Corp. to continue their education.

“Every year an award is presented to the top male and female athlete as voted on by the coaches,” Walter said. “These athletes demonstrate a winning attitude, hard work and dedication to their sport and teammates.”

Outstanding athlete awards were presented to Maddie Shaw and AJ Burton. Each was presented with a $250 check from Conway Corp. to continue their education.

Shaw, who was presented the Ruth Doyle Award, lettered in softball four years and was selected all-state one year and all-conference two years.

Burton, who was presented the Frank E. Robins Award, played football and basketball for Conway High. He was a two-year basketball letterman and a three-year football letterman. He was selected all conference in football and helped teams win conference titles and playoff games.

Steve Daniels and AJ Burton.

Other athletes recognized were:

Lady Cat Legacy Award for volleyball – Bailey McKee
Whitney Allison award for girls soccer – Peyton Turner
Dale Maxwell Award for boys soccer – Landon Cole
Dandra Thomas True Blue Award for girls basketball – Kaylyn Boyd
Kelly Dunlap Award for football – Jackson Smith
Brandon Bulsworth Award for football – Anthony Tufu
Jim Case Award for football – Arbnor Prevulkaj