The 11th Annual Vincent J. Dooley Awards and Scholarships Recipients for school year 2017-2018

2018 Dooley Award presentation
From Left: Fred Northup, Wesley Simpson and Vince Dooley
Wesley Simpson and Brad Catherman
From Left: Wesley Simpson and Brad Catherman

Sadie Frame of First Presbyterian Day School, and Wesley Simpson of Union Grove High School were named as the recipients of the four-year scholarship of $1000 per year by legendary Coach Vince Dooley on May 12, 2018 at a ceremony held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.  More than 550 student-athletes and guests attended the event which featured inspirational messages from Coach Dooley, Executive Director of the Georgia High School Association Dr. Robin Hines, and ABW Founder/President Fred Northup.  All enjoyed a breakfast meal, compliments of The Chick-fil-A Foundation.  The Hudgens Family Foundation was once again the Presenting Sponsor for the event.

Ms. Frame distinguished herself as a four-sport athlete, including leading her team to the school’s first-ever Softball State Championship, and was a first place champion two years in a row in the State 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles.  In school, she carries a 4.0 GPA with AP classes, was Senior Class Treasurer, was the 2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman winner, and was an inaugural member of the Student Athletic Board, among other activities.  In the community, she has participated on mission trips to orphanages in Mexico, was the School Leader for the Tim Tebow “Night to Shine” Foundation, and was the Grade Leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, among other pursuits.  Sadie was crowned the 2017 International Cherry Blossom Festival Queen based upon poise, intelligence, involvement in the community, and extracurricular school activities.

Mr. Simpson was the basketball team Captain for three years, leaving Union Grove as the school’s all-time leading scorer and all-time leader of assists.  He will continue his basketball career at Georgia College and State University.  Wesley maintains a 4.0 GPA while taking AP and Honors classes.  On campus, he is on the Yearbook Staff, is a member of the Athletic Director’s Athlete Leadership Council, and was voted best all-around for his senior year.  In the community, he volunteers at the food pantry, in a nursing home, and for Special Olympics, all while tutoring underclassmen in math on weekends.

The two scholarship recipients will also each receive $500 to donate to the charitable organization of their choice.

The 2018 Scholarship Finalists were:


Sadie Frame, First Presbyterian Day School

Emily Harrison, Trinity Christian School

Margaret Henry, Lamar County High School

Destiny Henson, Baker County High School

Kasey Kaiser, Tattnall County High School

Lauren Krotz, Landmark Christian School

Diarra Oden, Marist School

Laney Pollock, Baconton Community Charter School

Karah Straub, Forsyth Central High School

Regan Troy, Union Grove High School


Matteo Castile, Cedar Shoals High School

Christopher Cochran, River Ridge High School

Keaton Coletti, North Oconee High School

Jacob Henderson, Armuchee High School

Truman Jones, The Westminster Schools

Sammy Martin, Stratford Academy

Sam McRae, Grace Christian Academy

Wesley Simpson, Union Grove High School

Spencer Smith, Pierce County High School

Grant Williford, Etowah High School

Congratulations to all the 2018 Dooley Award Recipients

Name of SchoolName of Athlete
Adairsville High SchoolMaddox Teems
Adairsville High SchoolLoren Harris
Allatoona High SchoolCourtney Long
Allatoona High SchoolPayton Eeles
Archer High SchoolJordan Roman
Archer High SchoolJessica Flynt
Armuchee High SchoolJacob Henderson
Armuchee High SchoolLivia Skinner
Athens AcademyMalia Busenitz
Athens AcademyHenry Trapnell
Athens Christian SchoolChip Williams
Athens Christian SchoolClara Heiss
Baconton Community Charter SchoolAaron Pollock
Baconton Community Charter SchoolLaney Pollock
Bainbridge High SchoolMark Loeffler
Baker County High SchoolDe’Undre White
Baker County High SchoolDestiny Henson
Benjamin Banneker High SchoolShaMyia Johnson
Blessed TrinityMackenzie Todd
Blessed TrinityGriffin McClure
Callaway High SchoolTravis Traylor
Callaway High SchoolAddie Kate Pruett
Campbell High SchoolVivian Baker
Campbell High SchoolJordan Outlaw
Cedar Shoals High SchoolStephen Matteo Castile
Cedar Shoals High SchoolJessica Owensby
Chattahoochee County High SchoolDanielle Edwards
Chattahoochee County High SchoolJamon Hoyte
Cherokee High SchoolKeegan Sigler
Cherokee High SchoolTaylor Cates
Clinch County High SchoolKaitlin Oliver
Clinch County High SchoolChastain Lacey
Coffee High SchoolZemiria Bussey
Coffee High SchoolSteven Vickers
Cook High SchoolAnna-Leigh McCartney
Cook High SchoolGabriel Ponce
Dalton High SchoolJohn Paul Tighe
Dalton High SchoolGeorgia Bronson
Darlington SchoolJulia Holmes
Darlington SchoolSam Tackeberry
Dawson County High SchoolJeremiah Crumley
Early County High SchoolTanner Edward Norman
Early County High SchoolHolley Temples
East Jackson High SchoolMary Hollis
East Jackson High SchoolBraeden Lowe
East Laurens High SchoolBryce Robinson
East Paulding High SchoolBrianna Coleman
East Paulding High SchoolTed Black
Effingham County High SchoolCasey Ulmer
Effingham County High SchoolSydney Martinez
Etowah High SchoolGrant Williford
Etowah High SchoolJessie Cohen
First Presbyterian Day SchoolSadie Frame
First Presbyterian Day SchoolGarrett West
Forsyth Central High SchoolKarah Straub
Forsyth Central High SchoolRett Winter
Gainesville High SchoolSavannah Roys
Gainesville High SchoolKeith Harris
George Walton AcademyBaylee Bowers
George Walton AcademyGrant McDonel
Gilmer High SchoolGrace Henderson
Grace Christian AcademyShiver Adams “Sam” McRae
Grace Christian AcademyCarly Godwin
Greenbrier High SchoolSydney Blakeney
Greenbrier High SchoolAustin Canaday
Habersham Central High SchoolHalle Black
Heard County High SchoolHolly Moreland
Heard County High SchoolJaden Moreland
Irwin County High SchoolHannah Clayton
Irwin County High SchoolReid Fletcher
Jackson High SchoolJamya Roberts
Jefferson County High SchoolZinta’ious Neal
Jefferson County High SchoolMakalia Tremble
Lake Oconee AcademyAbbey Wendt
Lake Oconee AcademyBobby Hatfield
Lamar County High SchoolMargaret Henry
Landmark Christian SchoolLauren Krotz
Landmark Christian SchoolMicah Burdette
Lee County High SchoolElizabeth N. Howell
Lee County High SchoolOtis Reese
Lincoln County High SchoolJesse Partridge
Lincoln County High SchoolAustin Jones
Locust Grove High SchoolMeagan Pildner
Lovejoy High SchoolBrandon Arnold
Lovejoy High SchoolKirsten Dudley
Manchester High SchoolJah’nile Hill
Marist SchoolPaul Stanley
Marist SchoolDiarra Oden
Model High SchoolMelanie Morrison
Mount Paran Christian SchoolJillian Tucker
Mount Paran Christian SchoolBart Perez
Mount Pisgah Christian SchoolSofia Cendoya
Mount Zion, JonesboroCaitlin Villa Mar
Mount Zion, JonesboroJustin Onuigbo
Mundy’s Mill High SchoolShantrila Mosley
North Atlanta High SchoolArielle Lestandie
North Atlanta High SchoolDrew Sheldon
North Cobb Christian SchoolJohn Robert Nelson
North Cobb Christian SchoolKatie Ann Boyd
North Oconee High SchoolKeaton Coletti
North Oconee High SchoolGabby Huff-Streiter
North Paulding High SchoolBraylin Fisher
North Paulding High SchoolAshley Buzzelli
Oconee County High SchoolNicole Pachuta
Oconee County High SchoolCameron J. Conglose
Old Suwanee Christian SchoolTaylor Reed
Old Suwanee Christian SchoolDaniel Capistrano
Paulding County High SchoolBrantley Mauldin
Peach County High SchoolThaddeus Adams
Peach County High SchoolAlexandra Estrada
Peachtree Ridge High SchoolWilson Catoe
Peachtree Ridge High SchoolGabi Loyd
Pierce County High SchoolSpencer Smith
Pierce County High SchoolGabriella Garner
Prince Avenue ChristianEmma Taylor
Prince Avenue ChristianLuke Wells
Rabun Gap Nacoochee SchoolJosie Earnhardt
Rabun Gap Nacoochee SchoolAbba Wague
River Ridge High SchoolChristopher Cochran
Salem High SchoolBrionne Butler
Salem High SchoolZach Lee
Social Circle High SchoolAmiyah Williams
Social Circle High SchoolMichael Thompson
Southside Christian SchoolJudah Hodges
Sprayberry High SchoolTyler Tolve
St. Vincent’s AcademyKatharine Richardson
Stratford AcademySammy Martin
Tallulah Falls SchoolPerry Gresham
Tallulah Falls SchoolTahj Moss
Tattnall County High SchoolDeondre’ Johnson
Tattnall County High SchoolKasey Kaiser
The Paideia SchoolHope Jarrard
The Paideia SchoolJalen Essick
The Westminster SchoolsElisabeth Maxwell
The Westminster SchoolsTruman Jones
Thomasville High SchoolBenjamin Trey Tillman III
Thomasville High SchoolElli Stone
Thomson High SchoolMiyah Rogers
Thomson High SchoolSamuel Derry
Towns County High SchoolAndy Chambers
Towns County High SchoolSara Beth Hobbs
Trinity Christian SchoolEmily Harrison
Trinity Christian SchoolGabriel Meadows
Troup County High SchoolAbby Michelle Taylor
Troup County High SchoolSamuel Scott Hicks
Union Grove High SchoolRegan Troy
Union Grove High SchoolWesley Simpson
Wesleyan SchoolMolly Bradach
Wesleyan SchoolBen Connor
West Forsyth High SchoolAundria Crittenden
West Forsyth High SchoolJack Woodall
West Laurens High SchoolBen Deal
West Laurens High SchoolTaylor Cobb
Westside High SchoolGregory Holloway
Woodward AcademyTyler Collins

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