Announcing the 17th Annual Vincent J. Dooley Awards & Scholarships Finalists

Athletes for a Better World (ABW) is thrilled to announce the top 10 male and female finalists for the prestigious Vincent J. Dooley Scholarships!

These exceptional student-athletes represent the very best of Georgia High School athletics, excelling in their chosen sports and demonstrating outstanding character, teamwork, leadership and commitment to their communities.

The Vincent J. Dooley Awards & Scholarships, named after legendary University of Georgia Coach Vince Dooley, recognize graduating high school seniors who exemplify the ideals of “winning more than the game.” Each year, every Georgia High School is invited to nominate one male and one female athlete for the Vincent J. Dooley Award. School recipients are then eligible to compete for the Vincent J. Dooley Scholarship, a four-year, $1,000 per year scholarship, and a $500 grant to donate to their favorite charity.

The 2024 Vincent J. Dooley Scholarship Finalists are:

Female Athletes:

Mary ChamberlainAllatoona High School
Kristie CollinsTattnall County High School
Aliyana FeuersteinWoodstock High School
Sophie LawingModel High School
Laura MaudlinTowns County High School
Riley MetzgerEffingham County High School
Mary RozierEagles Landing High School
Logan SeigleLocust Grove High School
Faith WasdenFirst Presbyterian Day School
Maura Kate WatersPierce County High School

Male Athletes:

Ben BartonFirst Presbyterian Day School
Connor ChastainTowns County High School
Jayden DanielGatewood School
Nathan HayesEffingham High School
Brooks McKennaWoodstock High School
Paul RamanoLocust Grove High School
Silas RisperWestside High School
Cal SchubertCreekview High School
Axel SierraTattnall County High School
Brayden SmithAllatoona High School


“We are incredibly proud of all the Vincent J. Dooley Award recipients this year,” said Steve Petyerak, Chairman of Athletes for a Better World. “These young student-athletes are true leaders, both on and off the field, and they exemplify the values of sportsmanship, dedication, and service in the community that Coach Dooley championed throughout his life.”

The Vincent J. Dooley Scholarship Male and Female recipients will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Saturday, May 4th, 2024.

All the Finalists and Award winners will be honored at the event and receive their awards.

Barbara Dooley, Tony Barnhart (CBS Sports), Dr. Robin Hines (GHSA), and Tommy Marshall (GIAA/GISA) will be there to address all of the winners and their families and deliver their inspiring words and recognition.

Heather Catlin, from Chick-fil-A and former anchor at WSB-TV, will be our Master of Ceremonies.

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Here is a list of all the 2024 Vincent J. Dooley Award winners:

Name of SchoolName of Athlete
A R Johnson Magnet SchoolTamia Barleston
Allatoona High SchoolBrayden Smith
Allatoona High SchoolMary Chamberlain
Aquinas High SchoolEmma Kate Noegel
Aquinas High SchoolFrank Anderson
Archer High SchoolBrendan Rogers
Archer High SchoolSanaa Harris
Athens AcademyCohen Tomlinson
Athens AcademyMyiesha Bullard
Bacon County High SchoolKenley Powell
Bacon County High SchoolKeshawn Holmes
Baker County SchoolsIsaiah Rhymes
Berkmar High SchoolMichael White
Bible Baptist Christian SchoolRebekah Pass
Bible Baptist Christian SchoolTucker Nyman
Blessed Trinity Catholic High SchoolClark Hamilton
Blessed Trinity Catholic High SchoolJP Higginbotham
Brunswick High SchoolMary Elizabeth Kelly
Bryan County High SchoolSkylar Lee
Bryan County High SchoolTanner Ennis
Buford High SchoolMaci Cole
Buford High SchoolMaverick Schippmann
Callaway High SchoolGreyson Batchelor
Callaway High SchoolTalasia Thomas
Central High SchoolElla Grace Robinson
Central High SchoolTy Brewer
Charles Drew High SchoolJordyn Jackson
Chattahoochee High SchoolChris Connolly
Cherokee High SchoolElyse Kresho
Clinch County High SchoolGuest Bridges
Clinch County High SchoolMica Joyce
Coahulla Creek High SchoolAdonnis Sanchez
Colquitt County High SchoolCarli Pearson
Colquitt County High SchoolJa’Quavian Daniels
Columbia High SchoolZoe Carter
Creekview High SchoolCal Schubert
Creekview High SchoolSydney Shipley
Cross Keys High SchoolAlan Gomez
Cross Keys High SchoolLeslie B. Abundis
Dacula High SchoolGregory Crabb
Dacula High SchoolKatie Larson
Dalton AcademyJesus Arellano
Davidson Fine Arts Magnet SchoolChristopher Swint
Davidson Fine Arts Magnet SchoolMyah Rodriguez- Alvarado
Denmark High SchoolBrandon Cresap
Denmark High SchoolMorgan Grace Sheffield
Dutchtown High SchoolAlaysia Polk
Dutchtown High SchoolTyler Burch
Eagle’s Landing High SchoolMary Rozier
Early County High SchoolCasey Keith
Early County High SchoolMacon McNair
East Forsyth High SchoolMadison Malone
East Forsyth High SchoolWilliam Moffit
East Hall High SchoolAthziri Roman
East Hall High SchoolChris Alford
Eastside High SchoolMolly O’Brien
Effingham County High SchoolNathan Hayes
Effingham County High SchoolRiley Metzger
Etowah High SchoolCara Holland
Fayette County High SchoolAngel Johnson
Fayette County High SchoolSamuel Aguirre Hernandez
First Presbyterian Day SchoolBen Barton
First Presbyterian Day SchoolFaith Wasden
Forsyth Central High SchoolMaya White
Forsyth Central High SchoolNoah Anderson
Gainesville High SchoolAilani Soto
Gainesville High SchoolBaxter Wright
Gatewood SchoolCarly Cannon
Gatewood SchoolJayden Daniel
George Walton AcademyAllie Marler
George Walton AcademyMason Mathis
Georgia Fugees Academy Charter SchoolGad Nkurunziza
Grace Christian AcademyElla Grace Straughn
Grace Christian AcademyEvan Sigman
Greenbrier High SchoolGabriel Blanding
Greene County High SchoolA’Ziah Dolvin
Greene County High SchoolTerence Wright
Griffin High SchoolChason Lamothe
Griffin High SchoolHana Carlisle
Grovetown High SchoolOlivia Maiocco
Habersham SchoolIsaac Barry
Habersham SchoolLucy Kelly
Hampton High SchoolChyna Blasingame
Hampton High SchoolRyan Perry
Harlem High SchoolClaire Clements
Heard County High SchoolJayden Boykin
Heard County High SchoolSammy Holliday
Hephzibah High SchoolTraeon Brown
Hephzibah High SchoolZa’Nyah Mullins
Houston County High SchoolJacy Harrelson
Houston County High SchoolShiva Soundappan
Johnson County High SchoolBrantley Martin
Johnson High SchoolGuillermo Rosales
Johnson High SchoolLottie Landers
Kell High SchoolBenjamin Wagner
Kell High SchoolEvelyn Buffington
Kendrick High SchoolOmari Barron
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High SchoolChristina Gass
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High SchoolKendall Chumley
Lamar County High SchoolClint Williamson
Landmark Christian SchoolMelody Painter
Landmark Christian SchoolMicah Rogers
Lee County High SchoolKendall Millsaps
Lee County High SchoolTemirez Williams
Locust Grove High SchoolLogan Seigle
Locust Grove High SchoolPaul “Sam” Romano
Loganville Christian AcademyDevin Wade Larry
Loganville Christian AcademyEmma Murphy
Lowndes High SchoolJordan Hudson
Lowndes High SchoolRachel Black
Luella High SchoolCamden Keesey
Luella High SchoolZaena Harris
Lyndon AcademyAvery Rein
Marist SchoolAbby Lindsay
Marist SchoolJackson Hughes
Maynard H Jackson High SchoolKala Smith
McIntosh High SchoolJayla Jackson
Midtown High SchoolBriaiah Lewis
Miller Grove High SchoolHarmony Nicole Thomas
Model High SchoolRiley Davis
Model High SchoolSophie M. Lawing
Monroe Area High SchoolAddison Ray
Monroe Area High SchoolDarrion Manuel
Mount Zion High School-JonesboroTiana Hill
Mount Zion High School-JonesboroJaki Bell
Mountain View High SchoolGemyel Allen
Mountain View High SchoolMegan Connor
Mount Zion High School-CarrollJake Gordon
Mount Zion High School-CarrollKaydence Moore
New Hampstead High SchoolArianna Chisholm
New Hampstead High SchoolZach Pearson
North Clayton High SchoolJayvion Washington Fuller
North Clayton High SchoolKhabira Wilson
North Cobb Christian SchoolAva Garner
North Cobb Christian SchoolBen Brown
North Murray High SchoolAva Robinette
North Murray High SchoolJudson Petty
North Oconee High SchoolCam McCullers
North Oconee High SchoolSami Udwadia
North Paulding High SchoolAva Wilson
North Paulding High SchoolGavin Hawk
Northgate High SchoolJackson Cavenaugh
Northgate High SchoolJacquelyn Burns
Northside High School-ColumbusMadelyn Battles
Northside High School-ColumbusWard Walker
Northside High School-Warner RobbinsA’tev Coger
Northside High School-Warner RobbinsNyla Spencer
Oconee County High SchoolElla Hayes
Oconee County High SchoolMac Ricks
Ola High SchoolArabella Masters
Ola High SchoolJames McGee
Old Suwanee Christian SchoolMcKenzie Savage
Old Suwanee Christian SchoolAvril Mensah-Dartey
Paideia SchoolCarolina Hardin
Paideia SchoolNiko Carpenter
Paulding County High SchoolClayton Nicholson
Paulding County High SchoolKendall Holbrook
Pierce County High SchoolCarson Sloan
Pierce County High SchoolMaura Kate Waters
Portal Middle/High SchoolAmelia ‘Millie’ Scarborough
Portal Middle/High SchoolCorey Edward Stuckey
Prince Avenue Christian SchoolMaddox Drake
Prince Avenue Christian SchoolMimi Culpepper
Rabun GapDawson Kirkland
Rabun GapEllie Weatherly
Redan High SchoolPhillip Doyle
River Ridge High SchoolPeyton Manwaring
River Ridge High SchoolSavannah Styron
Rockmart High SchoolEmma Scott
Rockmart High SchoolJake Bailey
Rome High SchoolAiden “Reece” Fountain
Rome High SchoolHunter MacFarland
Saint Francis High SchoolMatthew Pressnall
Saint Francis High SchoolNya Young
Saint John Bosco AcademyLincoln Blankenship
Savannah Classical AcademyEthan Putney
Savannah Classical AcademyJenna McDonald
Savannah Country Day SchoolElla Stone
Savannah Country Day SchoolRob Spaulding
Schley County High SchoolCarson Westbrook
Schley County High SchoolLily Walker
Seckinger High SchoolCarter Watkins
Seckinger High SchoolSkylar Gindlesperger
Shaw High SchoolJordan Street
Social Circle High SchoolPeyton Brooks
Social Circle High SchoolSean Crews
Sonoraville High SchoolJaxon Pate
South Atlanta High SchoolTaylor Harrell
South Gwinnett High SchoolAdrian Pigford Jr.
South Gwinnett High SchoolFrankee Payne
Southside Chrisitan SchoolEmma Wallace
Southside Christian SchoolJohnathan Page
St. Vincent’s AcademyMary Sophia Fischer
Stephens County High SchoolAidan Butts
Stephens County High SchoolKathryn Oldham
Swainsboro High SchoolBryson Tarver
Swainsboro High SchoolHannah Howard
Tallulah Falls SchoolGeorgia “Dani” Prince
Tallulah Falls SchoolHenry Rickman
Tattnall County High SchoolAxel Sierra
Tattnall County High SchoolKirstie Collins
Toombs County High SchoolBrantley Jordan Upshaw
Toombs County High SchoolKassidy Nicole Brantley
Towns County High SchoolConnor Chastain
Towns County High SchoolLaura Mauldin
Union Grove High SchoolAlbany Robinson
Union Grove High SchoolNile King
Vidalia High SchoolEmma Vinson
Washington Wilkes High SchoolAlly Hucke
Washington Wilkes High SchoolAndrew Meech
Wesleyan SchoolBaer Cole
Wesleyan SchoolMamie Pridgen
West Forsyth High SchoolBraden Halloran
West Forsyth High SchoolZaria Smith
Westside High SchoolSilas Risper
Winder-Barrow High SchoolJack Perno
Winder-Barrow High SchoolLillian Grigsby
Windsor AcademyMason Merritt
Woodland High SchoolAkira Brown
Woodstock High SchoolAliyana Feuerstein
Woodstock High SchoolBrooks McKenna
Woodward AcademyAneri Patel
Woodward AcademyBradley Smith

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