JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Four area high school athletes, along with Johns Creek High School, were recognized at the recent Georgia Positive High School Athlete Awards. The inaugural event, which will be held annually, was hosted June 14 on the campus of Georgia Tech and designed to promote the benefits of being positive for high school athletes.
Alpharetta, Milton and Roswell high schools also took home awards.
Six hundred nominations, representing 65 different metro Atlanta area high schools, were submitted from coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers and parents for the 2013-2014 awards. From that list, Johns Creek High School emerged at the top of the list of schools with the most positive attitude among its athletes.
“Johns Creek High School exemplifies excellence in so many ways,” said newly appointed Principal Gail Johnson. “Being recognized as a school that epitomizes a positive spirit reinforces our school culture. We believe in developing student athletes and all students to approach their pursuits with a mindset that focuses on a positive perspective.”
Positive Athlete is a subsidiary of Celebrate Positive, a group of professional athletes who have teamed up to promote the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world. In addition to excellence on the field, each nominated Positive Athlete was required to show characteristics such as an optimistic attitude, teammate encouragement, servant leadership, heart for others, ability to admit imperfections, giving 100 percent all the time and realizing the team as more important than the individual.
In all, 22 athletes were honored as the “Most Positive” athletes from 22 different sports, with four coming from the Fulton County School System.
At the June 14 awards reception, Hines Ward, the former Georgia Bulldogs star and Super Bowl XL Most Valuable Player from the Pittsburgh Steelers, served as the event host. He was joined by Homer Rice, former head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and former Georgia Tech athletic director; Brian Jordan, former Atlanta Braves outfielder who also played in the NFL for the Falcons; and Brian Finneran, former wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons.
The 2013-2014 award winners from the Fulton County School System included:
Most Positive High School – Johns Creek High School
Volleyball – Madison Swan, Johns Creek High School
Boys’ Swimming – Warren Cherry, Alpharetta High School
Girls’ Swimming – Caroline Filan, Milton High School
Girls’ Tennis – Rachel Deese, Roswell High School