Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lincolnton's Turner wins prestigious Clary Medal

Morgan Leigh Turner (Lincolnton High) and Michael Richard Bass (Fairmont) won the fourth annual Clary Medals awarded by the N.C. High School Athletic Association.

They will be recognized at the NCHSAA¹s annual meeting May 7 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

The Clary Medal recognizes an outstanding male and female student-athlete, who will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

To be eligible, a student must be a senior at an NCHSAA member school, participate on at least two teams, maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrate excellence in athletic participation, extra-curricular activities and community service.

Turner participated in cross country and track for four years each while playing soccer and basketball for two seasons apiece. She was a four-time conference champion and conference Runner of the Year in cross country and finished sixth or better in the state championship meet all four years.

In outdoor track, she is a two-time state champion in the 3200 and set school, county and conference records in the 800 and 1600 as well as the 3200.

She was elected Lincolnton¹s homecoming queen in the fall and is a member of the National Honor Society.

She has also worked with Special Olympics and has participated in week-long church mission trips with World Changers every summer since she was in the sixth grade. Turner will be attending Western Carolina in the fall.

- Cliff Mehrtens