WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896

Thomas Law Attorneys 2016-17 Academic All-Area

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PEYTON BEAMAN, Greene Central High School

A veritable two-sport star for the Lady Rams, was 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference player of the year in girls tennis and softball this year. … Played No. 1 singles and doubles all four years, never losing a conference match in either, going 48-0. … Was the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A East Regional champion last fall, earning her third trip to the state tournament. … Three-time ECC player of the year in helping the Lady Rams win three straight conference titles. … Earned second straight All-ECC selection in softball and named player of the year, despite moving to a new position at catcher. … Led conference in home runs (4), slugging percentage (.822) and runs scored (42). … Also was a cheerleader for four years. … Has a 4.26 weighted GPA and is ranked 10th in her senior class while taking honors, Advanced Placement and STEM courses. … Is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, HOSA-Future Health Professionals, Young Life as well as serves as a STEM Ambassador. … Volunteered with Special Olympics and Greene County Tennis Association. … Is a youth leader at New Direction Church in Snow Hill. … Will attend Meredith College and play tennis.

CAROLINE KEETER, Fike High School

Earned second straight 3-A All-Big East Conference selection in volleyball last fall. … Was co-captain the last two seasons of her four-year varsity career in volleyball. … Received Coach’s Award as a senior … Starter on the varsity soccer team as a senior after not playing for two years and earned All-Big East acclaim. … Has a 4.63 weighted GPA and is ranked No. 16 in her senior class while taking honors and Advanced Placement courses. … Is the treasurer for Fike chapter of National Honor Society and also is member of National Technical Honor Society, STEAM Club and Student Booster Club. … Serves as points coordinator for Interact Club and is the yearbook co-editor. … Has earned Academic Excellence Award all four years. … Has volunteered her time for Robin Run, Whirligig Festival, Relay for Life, Senior Citizens Prom and as a youth soccer coach for Wilson Parks and Recreation Department.

BRYSON LEE, Hunt High School

A three-sport starter for the Lady Warriors. … Was named 3-A Big East Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and to the all-conference team for the third straight year. … Earned North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association 3-A All-Region III acclaim for the third year in a row. … Accorded All-Big East Honorable Mention in tennis and basketball. … Named to Farris & Farris Holiday Tournament all-tourney team in basketball. … Reached the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional in doubles with teammate Morgan Loflin. … Ran in the 4x400- and 4x800-meter relays in the NCHSAA 3-A East Regional track and field championship. … Has a 4.21 weighted GPA while taking honors and Advanced Placement classes. … Is president of Hunt’s Student Government Association and a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Headbands of Hope, Club UNIFY and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. … Has served as volunteer for Special Olympics and as a youth soccer coach for Wilson Parks and Recreation Department. … Will attend UNC Asheville on a soccer scholarship.

MORGAN LOFLIN, Hunt High School

Started for girls tennis and girls soccer teams, earning 3-A All-Big East Conference acclaim in soccer. … Went undefeated in singles as a junior and senior in tennis. … Reached North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional in doubles with partner Bryson Lee. … Has a 4.96 weighted GPA and is ranked second in her senior class while enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program. … Is the Student Government Association vice president and is a member of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Headbands of Hope and Club UNIFY. … Earned the certificate of Academic Excellence. … Has volunteered with Special Olympics, YMCA Day Camp, Eye Care Center’s annual Fall Vision Screening, Vick Elementary School and as a coach for Wilson Parks and Recreation Department.

EARTH PENDER, Beddingfield High School

Was a starter for the varsity volleyball and basketball teams at Beddingfield, where she also ran track and played soccer. … Has a 4.52 weighted GPA and is ranked No. 3 in her class while taking a full International Baccalaureate course load. … Has been class president for three years, including Senior Class, as well as the senior class president for Student Government Association and is an officer in Future Farmers of America. … Is a member of Beddingfield’s chapter of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and serves as a High School College Ambassador. … Was a semifinalist for Coca-Cola and Ronald Reagan scholarships and a state finalist for Elks Club Scholarship. … Volunteered her time for many community organizations, including North Carolina State University engineering and computer camps, Greenville Cancer Center, Save a Youth and Golden Living Nursing Home. … Gives free piano lessons to youngsters in her community.

ERIN PICHEY, Fike High School

Standout athlete in cross-country and softball for the Lady Demons while also running indoor and outdoor track. ... Captain and Most Valuable Runner for Fike girls cross-country team. ... Earned 3-A All-Big East Conference honor in cross-country. ... Qualified for North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional. ... Named to All-Big East team in softball. ... Led Lady Demons and was fourth in Big East Conference with a .515 batting average. ... Was Fike’s No. 2 pitcher, winning four games. ... Has a 4.43 weighted GPA while taking Advanced Placement and honors courses. ... Made the Dean’s List for Wilson Community College while taking college courses. ... Is a member of National Honor Society and National Science Honor Society. ... Four-time Fike Academic Champion.

EMMA RENFROW, Wilson Christian Academy

Played volleyball and soccer, helping the Lady Chargers win the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A championship in the latter. ... Earned Charger Character Award in volleyball. ... Has a 4.68 weighted GPA while taking Advanced Placement and honors courses. ... Is president of National Honor Society at Wilson Christian. ... Finished first in the East Regional and fourth in the state in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Model Bridge Building Competition. ... Recipient of Wilson Christian’s Outstanding Citizen Award and owner of WCA High School Highest Academic Average. ... Is in the youth praise band, on the audio/visual team and helps in the nursery at Antioch Baptist Church. ... Went on mission to provide flood relief in West Virginia.

MALLORY SULLIVAN, Hunt High School

A starter in soccer and one of the top runners for the Lady Warriors cross-country team. ... Placed in the top 10 in the 3-A Big East Conference championship meet and qualified for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional meet in cross-country. ... Helped Hunt win second straight Wilson County Cross-Country girls championship. ... Earned All-Big East Conference honorable mention in soccer. ... Has a 4.61 weighted GPA and is ranked No. 12 in her senior class taking Advanced Placement and honors courses. ... Is the secretary for National Honor Society and the treasurer for the French Club at Hunt while also being a member of Club UNIFY and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. ... Volunteers at Vinson-Bynum and Lee Woodard elementary schools. ... Active at First Baptist Church youth group.

GABRIELLA von ARX, Hunt High School

A standout on the swim and soccer teams for the Lady Warriors. ... Was a co-captain for the soccer team. ... Coach’s Award recipient and co-owner of highest GPA on the swim team. ... Qualified for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional in breaststroke. ... Overcame ACL injury in middle school. ... Has a 4.88 GPA and is ranked No. 5 in her senior class while taking a full International Baccalaureate course load. ... Is a member of National Honor Society, French Club and Club UNIFY at Hunt. ... Volunteers with Special Olympics and as an academic tutor. ... Participated in French Club’s Adopt a Family for Christmas project. ... Serves as acolyte at First United Methodist Church.

JESSICA von ARX, Hunt High School

A standout in swimming and soccer for the Lady Warriors. ... Earned 3-A All-Big East Conference and North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association 3-A All-Region III acclaim in soccer. ... Second in scoring on the team. ... Co-captain in soccer. ...Coach’s Award and tied for top GPA on swim team. ... Overcame two ACL injuries in three years to return to competition as a junior. ... Qualified for North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regionals in swimming. ... Has a 4.88 GPA and is ranked fifth in her senior class. ... Serves as historian for French Club and is a member of National Honor Society and Club UNIFY at Hunt. ... Volunteers with Special Olympics, The Landing at Parkwood senior residence and as a youth soccer coach for Wilson Parks and Recreation Department. ... Serves as acolyte at First United Methodist Church.

BRYSON BOYETTE, Fike High School

Became just the second state champion in Fike boys golf history when he won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A individual title after claiming the NCHSAA 3-A East Regional crown. … Earned third straight 3-A Big East Conference Player of the Year honor in leading Golden Demons to conference championship. … Four-time All-Big East selection. … Was medalist at Wilson County Championship. … Has a 4.25 weighted GPA and is ranked 34th in his senior class taking Advanced Placement and honors courses as well as college classes at Wilson Community College. … Is a member of Fike’s chapter of National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. … Earned Fike’s Academic Excellence Award all four years of high school. … Is secretary for Wilson Junior Golf Association and has worked as a volunteer for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. … Will attend Barton College on golf and academic scholarships.

CHRISTIAN BUTLER, Community Christian School

After playing football, soccer and basketball for much of his career at CCS, focused on cross-country and track and field his senior year. … Qualified for the North Carolina Independent Schools Association 1-A championship meet in shot put, discus, 110-meter hurdles and as a member of the 4x100 relay team. … Set a school record in shot put (38-10). … Three-year captain of the track team. … Has a 4.17 weighted GPA. … Is the president of the Senior Class and the Senior Beta Club. … Is a member of Student Government Association and Crossfit Club and was invited to join National Honor Society. … Participated in Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar, National Congress of Future Medical Leaders and YMCA Young Leaders Institute. … Volunteered time with CCS booster club. … Will attend Liberty University and plans to major in physical therapy.

JONATHAN FLEMING, Greene Central High School

Two-time MVP of boys cross-country team. … Has a 4.12 GPA at Greene Central, where he takes honors and STEM classes. … Is a member of the school’s chapter of National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Beta Club as well as Art Club and CTE Honor Society. … Is president of FBLA. … Is active at Winterville Community Christian Church.

TYLER GALLOWAY, Hunt High School

From his catcher position, directed a Warriors pitching staff that produced a 1.91 ERA on the way to the 3-A Big East Conference title. … Named All-Big East for a second straight year while hitting .293 with 10 RBIs. … Was a backup goalkeeper for Hunt’s boys soccer team that won its fourth straight conference title and celebrated its third consecutive 20-win season. … Has a weighted GPA of 4.2, taking honors courses. … Is a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Headbands of Hope, Student Booster Club and Club UNIFY. … Has served as a volunteer for Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity. … Will continue baseball career at University of Mount Olive, where he plans to major in biology.

MARCO GARCIA, Greene Central High School

Went 8-7 this season for Rams wrestling team, finishing second in 182-pound class at Tarboro Viking Invitational in January. … Has a 4.35 GPA at Greene Central, where he takes honors and STEM classes. … Is president of the school’s chapter of National Honor Society, Beta Club, YMMI and Leo Club. … Was drum major in Rams Marching Band. … Has served as STEM ambassador and as peer mentor with YMMI. … A member of Junior ROTC, will join U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation.

DENNING HUDSON, Wilson Christian Academy

Earned North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A all-state accolade as a defender. … Served as team captain, scoring seven goals and making five assists. … Received the Chargers’ Green Jacket Award for golf. … Has a 4.65 weighted GPA while taking honors and Advanced Placement courses. … Is a member of National Honor Society and Leadership Club. … Serves as elementary age Sunday school teacher and camera operator at Peace Church in Wilson. … Helps as a volunteer at Wilson Christian soccer and basketball summer camps.

NEAL LEWIS, Hunt High School

Was a four-year letterman for the Warriors baseball team that won the 3-A Big East Conference championship this year. … Starter at second base and also on the mound, making three starts and seven appearances. … Selected to All-Big East team. … Posted a 4.3 weighted GPA and is ranked No. 30 in his class while taking Advanced Placement and honors courses. … Is the founder and president of Hunt’s Angels of America’s Fallen organization as well as National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. … Has worked as a Special Olympics volunteer for two years and is active in his church’s youth group and helps out with its soup kitchen.

ALEXANDER SECREST, Fike High School

Two-year letterman in varsity football and varsity basketball for Golden Demons. … Starting center on the football team and team captain in basketball. … Has a weighted GPA of 4.86 and is ranked seventh in his senior class while taking Advanced Placement courses. … Is a member of Fike’s National Honor Society and STEAM Club while serving as vice president of National Science Honor Society and homeroom representative for Student Government Association. … Has worked as a volunteer for Fike softball concession stand and at Fike softball jamboree.

SAMSON STRICKLAND, Fike High School

Led Golden Demons varsity basketball team in scoring (19.1 points per game) and rebounding (11.1 per game) as he repeated as a Wilson Times All-Area, 3-A All-Big East Conference and North Carolina Basketball Coaches All-District 3 selection. … Named to the East roster for the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game. … Was the recipient of the Harvey Reid Jr. Memorial Award as the boys most valuable player in helping Fike win the 2016 Farris & Farris Holiday Tournament. … Two-time Fike MVP. … Invited to the Eastern North Carolina Fab 40 Elite Showcase. … Scored more than 1,000 points at Fike, where he is also a member of the track and field team. … Has a GPA of 4.0 and is ranked No. 45 in his class at Fike, where he takes honors courses. … Is a member of Fike’s chapter of National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. … Has served as a volunteer at Robin Run in Wilson.

IAN WALSTON, North Johnston High School

Led the Panthers to 2-A Eastern Plains Conference championships in boys soccer and boys tennis. … Became the first North Johnston player to be named to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association All-State team twice. … Also the first Panther (boys player) to earn a spot on the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star roster as well as the Clash of the Carolinas all-star roster. … Finished high school soccer career with 68 goals and 62 assists. … Was the place-kicker for the North Johnston football team. … Repeated as 2-A Eastern Plains singles champion in boys tennis (first in school history) and followed that by winning the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A East Regional singles crown. … Ran track all four years and wrestled for three years. … Named the boys recipient of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award and the Scholar Athlete Award at North Johnston. … Has a 4.45 weighted GPA and is ranked 11th in his class, taking honors courses as well as college classes at Johnston Community College. … Is president of North Johnston’s National Honor Society and a member of school’s chapter of Future Farmers of America. … Attained the rank of Eagle Scout at Troop 381 of Wilson. … Nominated for City of Wilson’s Youth on the Move Award this year. … Is active at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Wilson, where he also volunteers in the community soup kitchen.

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