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Durham Sports Club honors scholar athletes

June 9, 2014 

The Durham Sports Club’s 2014 scholar-athlete honorees gather on the patio at Croasdaile Country Club prior to last Wednesday’s presentations.

PRESTON MAYO — Strawbridge Studios

— Nineteen students from Durham’s 10 public and private schools were honored last Wednesday night at the Durham Sports Club’s annual Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet.

Each school is asked to nominate its top female and male scholar-athlete for a chance at four foundation scholarships (two $500 and two $1,000) named after former Durham Sports Club president Harold Strawbridge of Strawbridge Studios and for longtime members’ Mildred and Raymond Barnes.

N.C. Central men’s basketball coach LeVelle Moton was the guest speaker. Moton presented another emotional and riveting speech of growing up in the tough Roxbury projects of Boston, where young men weren’t expected to reach their 21st birthday, before he moved to the equally tough Raleigh’s Housing projects.

“If you want to be successful in life, there are three things you should do,” Moton told the honorees. “First, make up your bed every single day; second, take out your trash every single day; and third, wash the dishes every single day.

“The reason is the same discipline it takes to do those things is the same discipline that’s going to be required to be successful.”

Also returning to give the seniors a few words of wisdom were last year’s top scholarship winners and N.C. School of Science and Math graduates’ Anne Kelley and Jin Kang. Kelley enrolled at MIT, while Kang is at UNC Chapel Hill.

“The transition can be tough if you’re not playing sports in college,” Kang said. “I felt like something was missing. I had a lot of energy and time that I didn’t know what to do with. Find something to fill that void. Remember what sports gave you: best friends, discipline, a muscular physique.”

After being turned down by MIT’s track and field hockey coaches to join their teams, Kelley found herself taking up a new sport – rowing crew.

“I got to play sports as a Division I varsity athlete. If you want to keep competing, you’ll find a way,” she said.

Durham Academy’s Dana Williams and Jordan High’s William Morganlander each received a $500 Strawbridge scholarship. Millicent Blivins of Jordan was awarded the Mildred Barnes $1,000 scholarship. And Asher Yueh of the Durham School of Arts received the Strawbridge $1,000 award.

DSC Honorees

Cresset Christian Academy

Maggie Addison: 4.0 GPA, 4.8 weighted; High Point University

Durham Academy

Dana Williams: 4.16 weighted, Bowdoin

Spencer Hallyburton: 4.11 weighted, Harvard

Durham School of the Arts

Mia Kaplan: 3.75 GPA, 4.56 weighted

Asher Yueh: 3.86 GPA, 4.67 weighted, Emory

Hillside High School

Sydney Brown: 3.94 GPA, 4.94 weighted, Elon

Timothy Mangum: 3.5 GPA, 4.2 weighted, Campbell

Jordan High School

Millicent Blivin: 3.91 GPA, 4.79 weighted, N.C. State

William Morganlander: 3.93 GPA, 4.93 weighted, Notre Dame

N.C. Science & Math

McKenna Reed: 4.38 weighted, will travel abroad to Spain

Jacob Vosburgh: 5.35 weighted, UNC

Northern High School

Bianca Decatur: 3.75 GPA, 5.1 weighted, Virginia

Ricky Council: 3.5 GPA, 3.8 weighted, undecided

Riverside High School

Hannah Glisson: 3.96 GPA, 5.18 weighted, Virginia Tech

Cameron McNeill: 3.98 GPA, 5.2 weighted, UNC

Southern High School

Diamond Nowell: 3.93 GPA, 4.76 weighted, UNC Charlotte

Amari Hamilton: 3.5 GPA, 4.1 weighted, N.C. A&T

Trinity School

Emily Sarratt: 3.48 GPA, 3.8 weighted, Louisville

Xavier Idriss: 3.84 GPA, 4.65 weighted, Vanderbilt

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