MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Drew Harris, Sr. – Benton High School
Drew Harris was the new kid in town at the start of the 2014-2015 season – his senior year. Having been a standout quarterback for the 3A Lincoln Wolves; he was soon thrust into new territory when he took the field for the first time in the 6A conference as a Benton Panther. But Drew didn’t miss a beat as he was moved from his star position as quarterback to inside receiver and ended up playing a total of five different positions on the gridiron – helping lead his new team to their first appearance in a state championship game in 37 years. Drew’s dream to play in college will come true in Arkadelphia this fall when he suits up as a receiver for the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Lexi Weeks, Sr. – Cabot High School
Reaching great heights is something that Lexi knows a few things about. The Senior from Cabot High School is a stand-out pole vaulter who recently broke the national indoor record by clearing 14 feet, two inches at the Meet of Champions. And, she’s quick. The future Razorback also broke the state record in the 400 meters finishing in 56.96 and helped Cabot Lady Panthers to a runner up finish in the 7a meet by competing in the long jump, 100-meter high hurdles, 100 and 200 meter dash and 400 meter and 1,600 meter relay.
OUTSTANDING COACH OF THE YEAR
Johnny Rice, North Little Rock
Coach Johnny Rice is entering his 25th year of coaching; third year as head coach of the North Little Rock High varsity boys basketball team. In this quarter-century coaching career he has earned various titles including being named All Arkansas Preps Basketball Coach of the Year the past two seasons; Central Baptist College Hall of Fame inductee, AHSCA Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, 2014 Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association 7A Coach of the Year, 2015 Arkansas Basketball Association Coach of the Year and the 2015 USA Today Arkansas Coach of the Year. And his accolades come with his proof of performance – winning 88 Coach Rice is setting new records and establishing new standards as head coach of North Little Rock High School .
HUSSMAN COMMUNITY AWARD WINNER
Kendra Dinsmore, Sr. – Bentonville High School
The Hussman Community Award is presented to one of the state’s outstanding athletes who has also worked to better her community. Senior Kendra Dinsmore of Bentonville is being honored by the Hussman family for her involvement in her community and leadership among her peers. Kendra is praised by her peers, teachers and community leaders alike for her selfless acts of giving.
P.A.R.K EDUCATION AWARD WINNER
Markell Foreman Jr., Sr. – Parkview Arts and Science Magnet School
The P.A.R.K Education Award honors one standout athlete who excelled in the classroom. This year’s recipient is Markell Foreman Jr. of Little Rock, who is being recognized for his achievements at Parkview Arts and Science Magnet School, where he graduated in the top 8 percent of his class. He maintained a 4.5 GPA his last semester and will play basketball this fall for Washington University, where he earned both an academic scholarship and an athletic endowment.
CHI ST. VINCENT HEALTH AWARD WINNER
Nate Carter, Fr. – Hope High School
The CHI St. Vincent Health Award highlights one athlete who not only overcame a health challenge or injury, but who did so and inspired his or her team and community and, in this year’s honoree’s case, the entire county. Nate Carter of Hope battled a life-threatening illness called Wegener’s granulomatosis, and throughout his recovery, focused on sports and his desire to play again as a goal to get better. And he did. Nate is in remission and playing football, baseball and basketball.