It was truly a night to remember at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center on Tuesday.
Many of the area’s best and brightest student-athletes and their family members assembled along with some of the region’s finest coaches and athletic administrators to take part in the second annual Kentucky Super Preps awards program sponsored by the Daily News and presented by Med Center Health.
It marked an opportunity to recognize excellence, not just on the athletic fields and courts, but also in the classroom and the community. Over the course of the evening, 35 players, coaches and administrators from area high schools won awards based on high performance in athletics, academics and community engagement. The awards program illuminated just how widespread such achievement is in southcentral Kentucky, as scores of student-athletes stepped onto the stage to receive well-deserved recognition for all they have achieved at their respective schools.
“I’m just so grateful that I got this award,” Greenwood senior Julia Kennedy, who won the Girls’ Overall Athlete of the Year Award, told the Daily News. “That’s crazy. I didn’t think I was even up for it. That’s awesome and I really appreciate it.”
Much like South Warren senior Gavin Spurrier – the Boys’ Overall Athlete of the Year winner – Kennedy exemplifies what the Super Preps awards are all about. A star on Greenwood’s region-winning volleyball team, Kennedy maintains a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and has completed 120 hours of community service.
Spurrier, who quarterbacked South Warren’s football team to a 15-0 record and the Class 5A state championship, also has a 4.0 GPA and scored a 33 on his ACT while volunteering for several community organizations.
Kennedy and Spurrier, like so many of those student-athletes in attendance Tuesday night, are true triple-threats in terms of athletics, academics and willingness to serve.
Most, but not all, recognition was reserved for those deserving student-athletes. Franklin-Simpson’s Doug Preston, who has led his program to historic success with back-to-back Class 4A state championships, was honored as Coach of the Year and South Warren’s Chris Decker, who has built South Warren’s athletic department into one of the finest and most well-rounded in the state, was named as Athletic Director of the Year.
Achievement, talent and limitless potential – all were on display at Tuesday’s Kentucky Super Preps ceremony. Truly, a night to remember.