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

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