Two people involved in Gwinnett County high school athletics, one athlete and one coach, were honored with major awards Tuesday night at the Positive Athlete Georgia Banquet, held at the College Football Hall of Fame.
Golfer Pari Jain, who just finished her sophomore season at Peachtree Ridge, was one of 18 regional scholarship winners statewide. Jain, also the girls golf award-winner, received the Gamer Award and a $1,000 college scholarship from Stars and Strikes.
Duluth assistant basketball coach Reggie Anderson was named the statewide boys coach of the year.
Positive Athlete, featuring former NFL and Georgia standout Hines Ward as its lead spokesperson, seeks to reward athletes who have overcome difficult circumstances, given back to their schools and communities or just have a positive attitude. The scholarship awards are focused on athletes with high character.
Athletes in grades 9 to 12 are nominated for the award by coaches, teachers, administrators, fans or parents in their communities.
Jain and Anderson were part of a bigger group of locals who earned Positive Athlete Georgia’s Gwinnett County Regional Awards. Those winners are as follows:
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Gwinnett County Regional Winners
Football: Andrew Krajec, Collins Hill
Volleyball: Jessica Carothers, GAC
Softball: Aleix Hudson, Peachtree Ridge
Boys cross country: Luke Surowiec, Mill Creek
Girls cross country: Itzel Medina, Berkmar
Cheerleading: Carmen Corley, Archer
Boys basketball: Jawdat Razeq, Mountain View
Girls basketball: Jashaun Richardson, Grayson
Wrestling: Kenneth Montano, Central Gwinnett
Boys swim/dive: Andrew McFarland, South Gwinnett
Girls swim/dive: Kristin Partlow, Parkview
Gymnastics: Emma Scheessele, North Gwinnett
Boys soccer: Liam Coxhead, Wesleyan
Girls soccer: Shelton White, Norcross
Boys lacrosse: Rex Myers, Duluth
Girls lacrosse: Kaitlin O’Brien, North Gwinnett
Boys tennis: Jason Nguyen, Discovery
Girls tennis: Kendra Womack, Brookwood
Boys track and field: Joel Duffie, Providence
Girls track and field: Giselle Cruz, Meadowcreek
Boys golf: Jack McMullen, Brookwood
Girls golf: Pari Jain, Peachtree Ridge
Baseball: Jacob Hoffman, Lanier
Alternative: Alyssa Stewart, Archer
Boys adapted: Seth Earley, Mill Creek
Girls adapted: McClain Hermes, Gwinnett Online Campus
Multi-sport: Marissa Rogers, Old Suwanee Christian
Boys coach: Reggie Anderson, Duluth
Girls coach: Wendel Hawxby, Berkmar