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Hall honors 2024 Ambassadors group from local high schools

The Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce another outstanding group of student-athletes who make up our 2024 Ambassadors group.

 

These graduating seniors from Brunswick High, Glynn Academy and Frederica Academy are the 11th Ambassadors group the Hall of Fame has honored since starting this outreach program  in 2014.

 

In all, the Hall of Fame once again recognized 24 student-athletes from the local high schools Monday night during a reception and ceremony inside the Athletics Center which overlooks Glynn County Stadium. Terrance Haywood, who recently stepped down as Glynn Academy’s head boys basketball coach, was the featured speaker.

 

Near the end of each school year, the Hall of Fame works in conjunction with the three local high schools to identify senior athletes who have excelled both academically and athletically at their respective schools.

 

Since the inception of the Ambassadors program, the Hall of Fame has honored close to 250 student-athletes from the three local high schools. With generous support from several donors, the Hall of Fame has been fortunate to award scholarships to 48 student-athletes since a scholarship component was added to the program in the second year of its existence.

 

 Eight student-athletes - four girls and four boys - have once again been named for the Ambassadors honor from each local high school this year. One boy and one girl from each school were also selected for a $500 scholarship award this year.

 

 The eight Ambassadors from each school are listed below with biographical sketches for each student-athlete. The scholarship winners from each school are also noted below.

 

 Hall of Fame president Kevin Price praised the 2024 Ambassadors for their accomplishments.

 

“Once again, collectively, this is another amazing group of student-athletes who have done tremendous things in the classroom, on the playing fields and beyond,” Price said. “All of them should be proud, as should their families.

 

“They really are great Ambassadors for their teams and schools and are great examples for younger athletes to follow. On behalf of our Board of Directors, I congratulate all of them. We wish them all the best going forward.”

 

The Hall of Fame also would like to recognize Servpro of Brunswick, its corporate partner for this year’s Ambassador’s program. Servpro presented this year’s Ambassadors Scholarships in memory of Jim Hackendale, a longtime supporter of high school athletics in Glynn County.

 

The Hall of Fame Board also would like to thank Brunswick High, Glynn Academy and Frederica Academy for their continued support of the Ambassadors program which includes contributions the Hall has used toward the scholarships.

 

“The schools and their administrators have been always been very nice to us and have always been very supportive of this program. It wouldn’t be the success that it has been without their willingness to lend a helping hand,” Price noted.

 

For more information on the Hall of Fame, the Ambassadors Program and a list of past Ambassadors, please go to our Ambassadors tab under the Programs link on the website.

 

Meet the 2024 Ambassadors below:

 

Brunswick High

 




Jeremiah Austin (Scholarship recipient)

Jeremiah has been a part of the Brunswick High golf team since he was in eighth-grade. He says he used that time to grow as a student-athlete, and more importantly as a person.

He has won several awards while playing for the Pirates, and just recently finished first in the area tournament with an even-par 72 and will represent Brunswick High in the upcoming Class 6A state tournament in Atlanta.

Jeremiah plans to attend Morehouse University in the fall.

 




Thomas Clay

 

 Thomas competed for four years in cross country and was a starter all four years for the Pirates. He qualified for the state meet twice. He also wrestled for the Pirates and was a two-time state qualifier as well while finishing fourth in the state in his weight class as a senior.

 

Thomas also played soccer for BHS as a freshman and helped the Pirates to a second-round berth in the state playoffs.

 

He has a 4.35 GPA and will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall.

 




De’Nya Coleman (Scholarship recipient)

De’Nya has participated in three sports while attending Brunswick High School. She played basketball for the Lady Pirates all four years, helping the team to three straight region championships and also a berth in the state quarterfinals as a sophomore and the state semifinals as a junior before reaching the second round of the state tournament this past season.

She also ran track for the Lady Pirates as a sophomore and junior and was on the varsity and competitive cheer team as a senior.

De’Nya has a 3.5 GPA and has taken A.P. and dual enrollment classes at College of Coastal Georgia. She also has been recognized as a Windward Scholar. She plans on attending Kennesaw State University and majoring in psychology.

 




Meredith Dempsey 

Meredith has participated in many extracurricular activities and taken several challenging academic courses while attending Brunswick High. She has been on the varsity tennis team for four years and played at the top of the singles lineup three of those years.

Meredith will graduate with a 4.4 GPA and plans to attend Georgia College and State University in the fall. She plans to earn a degree in biology and later plans to pursue a career as a physician’s assistant.

 




Molly Forsythe 

Molly has played both volleyball and soccer while attending Brunswick High. She served as captain of the BHS girls volleyball team for two years.

Molly has a 4.1 GPA and has taken dual enrollment classes at College of Coastal Georgia the last two years. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Blue Crew spirit club. Her volunteer activities include coaching, tutoring and babysitting.

She plans to attend Kennesaw State University in the fall and plans to major in psychology.  




Anthony Lowe

Anthony has been a standout wrestler for the Pirates while attending Brunswick High.

He finished his high-school career with an outstanding 154-11 record which included an 83-0 streak the last two years as he won back-to-back state championships in his weight class. This year, Anthony went undefeated at 50-0 en route to his second straight state title while become the first wrestler in Glynn County history to win a state crown with a perfect record for the season.

Anthony did not allow a single opponent to score in a match this season and he pinned all but four of his opponents while winning every match. He also became the first person in Glynn County wrestling history to win four straight region titles and also become a two-time high-school All-American.

Also while serving as the team captain for three years, he led the Pirates to top-four finishes in the state tournament.

Anthony has a 3.25 GPA and has earned a full scholarship to Life University where he will continue his wrestling career while furthering his education.

 




Terry Mitchell

Terry played football all four years for the Pirates and ran track as a sophomore and junior.

This past year, “Touchdown Terry”, as he is called, was selected for the All-State and All-Region teams. He also was named the Region 2-6A Player of the Year.

This past year, he also became Glynn County’s all-time leader for career receiving yards with 2,648 yards to surpass the great Randy Fisher of Glynn Academy who went on to a stellar career beyond high school and has been inducted into the Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame.

Terry has maintained a 3.7 GPA and will attend Eastern Kentucky this fall to continue his football career and education. He plans to major in marketing and business.




Alayna Molina 

Alayna played soccer and was a cheerleader while attending Brunswick High. She played soccer for the Lady Pirates all four years and led the team in goals scored this season.

Alayna has also been a member of Student Council all four years and has served on the executive board the last two years while serving this year as the Homecoming chair. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and a senior class representative for the Beta Club.

She has a 4.2 GPA and has taken several A.P. courses while also taking dual enrollment courses at College of Coastal Georgia. She will attend Kennesaw State University in the fall and plans to major in business management.

 

Glynn Academy

 




Capers Childs

Capers has been a standout member of the Glynn Academy girls soccer team throughout high school. She was the captain for the Lady Terrors the last two years and helped Glynn to three region titles in four years including back-to-back region championships the last two years.

She was an All-Region selection as a sophomore and junior and just last week was named this year’s Region 2-6A Player of the Year. Capers played in the state all-star games the previous twos seasons as well.

One of the top scorers for the Lady Terrors, she helped Glynn to a second-round appearance in the state playoffs this year and was recently voted the 912 Sports Girls Soccer Player for Large Schools here in Southeast Georgia.  Among her highlights while playing for Glynn was scoring the winning goal as a freshman against North Atlanta to send the Lady Terrors to the state quarterfinals.

Capers also plays club soccer for a team down in Jacksonville. She attends St. Simons Community Church where she is active in the youth group and volunteers with the children’s program. Capers also is involved in various clubs and does community service work every semester through one of those organizations.

She plans to attend Georgia Southern University and major in broadcast journalism.

 




Jonas Coyle

Jonas has been a standout member of the Glynn Academy boys soccer team throughout high school. He was a three-time first-team selection to the All-Region team and was voted the Region 2-6A Player of the Year as a senior. He also was recently named the Boys Soccer Player of the Year for Large Schools in Southeast Georgia by 912 Sports.

Jonas finished this season with 40 goals for the Red Terrors which is a new single-season record for the program. The Terrors reached the Class 6A semifinals this season following another region championship which earned the Terrors the top seed for the state tournament from Region 2-6A. Also this season, Jonas tied the program’s single-game scoring record with 7 goals during a match.

He has a 4.28 GPA and is involved in National Honor Society, Beta Club and DECA. He also is a Georgia Merit Award winner. Jonas also has completed more than 30 hours of community service work.

Jonas will be attending Letourneau University in Long View, Texas, where he will continue his soccer career while furthering his education. He plans to major in aviation management.

 




Gus Gandy

Gus has played varsity baseball for Glynn Academy all four years in high school. The starting shortstop for the Red Terrors since his freshman season, he was a a four-time pick for the All-Regio



n team while also earning All-State honors multiple times and winning two Gold Glove awards.

He helped the Terrors to state playoff appearances each of the last four years including a trip to the Elite 8 as a freshman. This season, he was one of the Terrors most productive players offensively, leading the team with 40 hits, 11 doubles and 37 runs scored. He finished with a .370 batting average which was second on the team while also finishing second on the team with 29 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 33 games.

Gus has a 3.7 GPA and has taken dual enrollment courses through College of Coastal Georgia. He also recently was recognized by the local Rotary Club with an award for his character.

Gus has accepted a merit and athletic scholarship to Samford University where he will play NCAA Division I baseball while continuing his education.

 




Eliza Meader

Eliza has been one of the top players for the Glynn Academy girls soccer team each of the last four years. An All-Region pick every season, she was also the Region 2-6A Player of the Year last season and also is a past winner of the 912 Sports Girls Soccer Player of the Year honor for Large Schools.

One of Glynn’s captains the last two years, she also has earned team Offensive Player of the Year and MVP honors. Eliza also has played club soccer for teams in Savannah and Jacksonville, where she notably played for the Development Academy team which is linked to USA national camps and teams.

She also has played for the Elite Club National League. Eliza was team captain for three years and earned a nomination for the Under-17 national team camp. She was also recognized as U-17 second team for the Southeast Conference.

Eliza has maintained a 4.37 GPA while taking honors courses as well as 14 A.P. classes and four college courses while in high school.

Eliza plans to attend the University of Georgia and would like to play soccer for UGA’s club team. She plans to pursue a degree in biology with hopes of later attending medical school and becoming a pediatrician.

 




Cade Morgan

Cade has been one of Glynn Academy’s top wrestlers during high school. He was a three-time qualifier for the state tournament while placing twice and finishing third in his weight class this past season. He also was as a two-time Florida AAU state champion outside of high-school competition.

Cade also played baseball for Glynn’s junior varsity team as an eighth-grader and played football as a freshman and sophomore.

He has a 4.18 GPA, scored over 1,200 on the SAT and has received a capstone for his diploma. Cade is a member of the National Honor Society and has volunteered in the community through NHS. He also has worked with youth wrestlers as a coach for the Glynn Coastal Wrestling Club. Cade is also involved with the GA spirit club. He is a member of Sterling Church of God.

 




David Prince (Scholarship recipient)

David is a multi-sport athlete for Glynn Academy, playing football and basketball for the Red Terrors while also running track for the school as a sophomore.

In football, David played tight end and wide receiver for the Terrors, earning honorable-mention All-Region as a sophomore before earning first-team All-Region honors and also All-State honors as a junior and senior. He served as a team captain during both his junior and senior seasons.

For the GA basketball team, Prince was a small forward where he could change a game with his athleticism, rebounding and shot-blocking ability in the paint while also giving the Red Terrors interior scoring on the offensive end. He won the team’s Rebounding Award as a sophomore and was Glynn’s assists leader as a junior. As a senior, David was named the Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame Player of the Game against Brunswick High when he scored 18 points, pulled down 19 rebounds and excited the crowd with a pair of slam dunks in a 66-57 win.

Also, David has played AAU basketball for the Brunswick Hurricanes since eighth-grade. The highlight of his AAU career was the team’s run to a second-place finish at nationals.

He is set to attend Georgia Tech on a football scholarship and plans to pursue a degree in business.

 




Sophia Speirs

Sophia has played basketball while also competing in track and field and cross country while attending Glynn Academy. She played basketball her first three years, has competed in track the last three and ran cross country this fall as well. She lettered in all three sports.

The captain of this year's track team, Sophia made it to the state meet as a sophomore and junior and also this year with the 4x800 relay team. Her time of 2 minutes, 23 seconds is second all-time for Glynn in the 800-meter run. She has been a part of the 4x800-meter relay team which holds the school’s record-time and second-best time.

While playing basketball, she was awarded Glynn’s Highest GPA honor. Sophia holds a 4.4 GPA while taking a total of 14 A.P. classes as well as dual enrollment and honors courses. She was named an AP Scholar as a sophomore and junior and is also a Georgia Merit Award winner. Sophia is a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Science Olympiad and Spirit Club. She is secretary for the Model United Nations team which competed internationally in New York the last two years.

Sophia was the Exchange Club Student of the Month in April and was voted Most Athletic in Glynn’s senior class.

Committed to the University of Georgia, she plans to walk-on to the track and field team and plans to major in criminal justice and minor in psychology.

 




Emma Stutzer (Scholarship recipient)

Emma has been a standout player for the Glynn Academy volleyball team while in high school. The setter for the Lady Terrors, she was also the team captain for each of the last two years. Emma was named First-Team All-Region as a senior after earning second-team honors last year. She also was team MVP as both a junior and senior and earned the Principal’s Academic Award for the team this year as well.

Also this past fall, she was named Glynn County’s MVP by the Brunswick News. Emma played a key role in helping the Lady Terrors reach the Elite 8 in the Class 6A state tournament as a junior while helping Glynn reach the Sweet 16 this past season.

Emma has played club volleyball for a team in Jacksonville as well. She was part of a regional team as a sophomore and competed for a traveling national team as a junior. She was named the Volleyball.mag Dream Team Player of the Week during her national season and was chosen to travel and play internationally in Europe during winter of her junior year.

She is a member of National Honor Society and Beta Club and also 707 group. Emma has taken several A.P. and dual enrollment courses and also honors courses throughout high school. She also is a hostess at Del Sur Restaurant.

Emma plans to attend Auburn University to further her education and also plans to join the school’s club volleyball team.

 

Frederica Academy

 




Maddison Baldwin

Maddison has been involved with three sports - basketball, soccer and volleyball - while attending Frederica Academy. She actually played basketball and soccer as an eighth-grader for the Lady Knights. She previously won all-region honors on the soccer field and is expected to be named all-region again this season for the Lady Knights who won a second straight GIAA state title on Saturday.

Maddison has a 4.2 GPA and has been on the Head of School list for making All A’s each year. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She was a semifinalist for the Governor’s Honors Program as a sophomore. She has served as co-president for the World Language and Culture Club.

Maddison also has done lots of community service work which includes volunteering at the ticket gate for home athletics events, gym cleanup, blood drives, Relay for Life and Trunk-or-Treat for kids.

She will be attending Georgia Tech and plans to major in mechanical engineering.

 




Grayson Caine

Grayson has played volleyball, soccer and basketball while attending Frederica Academy.  A captain for the volleyball team, she was a three-time All-Region selection for the Lady Knights. She also helped the Frederica girls soccer team to a region championship in 2022 and a state championship the last two years.

Grayson currently holds a 4.2 GPA and has won numerous academic honors.  Her accomplishments include making the Head of School List for All A’s every year, winning regional and state literary contests, winning AP Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction awards and also being named as the 2024 Glynn County Star Student. She also was chosen for the Governor’s Honors Program last year and the Yale Summer Program in Astrophysics last year as well. She received the UGA Charter Scholarship and also the SSI Rotary Scholarship.

Outside of athletics, she is also a member of National Honor Society, the Honor Council, Math Team, Pirates of the Spanish Main, Spirit Club, Health and Wellness Club, Humane Society Teen Board, United Community Bank Junior Board and the Chamber of Commerce Leadership program and 707 Bible Study.

She plans to attend Georgia Tech and major in aerospace engineering.

 




Katie Eckert (Scholarship recipient)

Katie has been a standout volleyball and soccer player and also a standout swimmer while attending Frederica Academy. She is a three-time All-Region player in soccer and likely will receive a second All-State honor soon. Katie has been the top scorer for the Lady Knights for three years while leading the team to semifinal appearances as a freshman and sophomore and a state championship last year and again this year.

She has also been team captain for the soccer team the last two years. She also plays club soccer for the Southern Soccer Academy. On the volleyball court, she was Frederica’s setter and served as on-court captain. As a swimmer, she competed as a sprinter for the backstroke and freestyle events and qualified for state with the freestyle and medley relay teams and also in one personal event for three straight years. She won fifth and sixth-place in relays and recorded top-15 times in personal events.

Away from athletics, Katie is involved with the Health and Wellness Club and has served as club president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, United Community Bank Junior Board, Stem Club, World Language and Culture Club and the Engineering Club.

She has a 4.2 GPA and  has done community service work with the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and the Humane Society as a member of the teen board.

Katie will attend the University of Georgia and plans to major in engineering.  

 




Joshua Gray (Scholarship recipient)

Josh has been a standout member of the Frederica Academy track and basketball teams. In track, he ran the 110-meter and 300 hurdles while also competing in the 400-meter for the Knights. He finished third in the region meet in the 400 and won a state championship in the 110 hurdles as a junior.

In basketball, Josh was an All-Region pick as a sophomore, junior and senior. He also played AAU basketball for the Brunswick Hurricanes.

Josh is a member of National Honor Society and Beta Club and has been recognized as a Coastal Georgia Black Scholar for overall excellence and superior performance. He also is a member of the Stem Club, Health and Wellness Club, Chess Club for which he has served as secretary, Spirit Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He volunteers as a church usher and with the Read Across America Society.

He has a 4.1 GPA and will be attending LSU where he plans to major in biology and ultimately pursue a career as a physician’s assistant.

 




William Jobe

William has been a standout player for the Frederica Academy basketball team while in high school. He was an All-Region selection four times including as an eighth-grader with the Knights. He also was an All-State pick as a sophomore and senior and also the Co-Player of the Year as a senior. William helped the Knights to the state semifinals this past season and a region championship as a sophomore. He played his junior year at King’s Ridge Christian in Atlanta and helped the team to a GHSA state title.

He has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has won the Ceramics Teacher’s Award for his outstanding performance in art class as well as the Arts Teacher’s Award and the Honors Geometry Teacher’s Award. William has been on the Honor Roll throughout high school.

He is a member of Young Life, Pickleball Club and Frisbee Golf Club. He has volunteered with Tigers Summer Basketball Camp.

William is set to attend Rollins University on a basketball scholarship. He plans to major in business.

 




Daniel McHugh

Daniel has competed in cross country, soccer and football while at Frederica Academy. He served as captain of the soccer team the last two years and made All-Region this year after helping the Knights to the state finals previously.

He played three years of club soccer for SSA Coastal Soccer. He was captain of his team as a sophomore. He played on a club elite team as a junior and helped the team to a league championship and also the championship in the Savannah College Showcase. He ran cross country as a sophomore, junior and senior, serving as Frederica’s team captain his last two years while also earning All-Region honors both years. He helped the team to a region championship as a sophomore and also a runner-up finish at state. Daniel was a kicker for the Frederica football team as a sophomore.

Daniel has a 4.0 GPA and has been on the Head of School List and honor roll throughout high school. He is a member of National Honor Society, Model U.N., Stem Club, Dinosaur Club for which he has been president, Stem Club, Chess Club and the Humane Society Teen Board. He won the Photography and Film-making Award for his excellence in a Digital Media course as a junior.

He will be attending Villanova University and will major in journalism.

 




Lily Najawicz

Lily played both volleyball and tennis all four years while attending Frederica Academy and also played basketball her first two years. In volleyball, she was team captain as a senior and made the All-Region team. In tennis, she played doubles all four years for the Lady Knights and won the region championship as a junior.

Lily has a 4.2 GPA and has been on the Honor Roll throughout high school. She is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Health and Wellness Club, Spirit Club, World Language and Culture Club, Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, Youth United and Humane Society Teen Board for which she has been President and Vice President. She also is involved with Pirates of the Spanish Main and the Technology and Engineering Club.  

She will attend the University of Georgia and plans to major in mechanical engineering.

 




Jordan Triplett

Jordan has been a standout football player while also playing basketball, baseball and soccer during his time at Frederica Academy. Included among his many football accomplishments, Jordan was a four-time All-State selection and also a four-time All-Region pick while playing running back and quarterback for the Knights and also linebacker.

He finished his high-school career with 9,028 rushing yards which is the most ever by a high school ball carrier in Georgia. This past fall, Jordan ran for 3,172 yards which tied a single-season state record. He also scored 115 career touchdowns which ranks third all-time state history.

As a junior and senior, Jordan was the Region Player of the Year. As a junior, he was runner-up for State Player of the Year and won State Player of the Year as a senior. Also as a senior, his honors included winning the 912 Sports Athlete of the Year, the ITG Next Player of the Year and the Brunswick News Player of the Year. He also was chosen as a Georgia High School Football Daily Player of the Week.

While playing football for the Knights, he was also chosen as the Brunswick News Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and made The News All-Area team four straight years. He was an ITG Next Player of the Year four times and a Southern Sports Edition All-Area selection three times and also an HSFA Academic All-American four times.

As a freshman, he was the nation’s leadingb rusher for the Class of 2024 by Max Preps which also named Jordan to its Freshman All-American First-Team. He was also a 912 Sports Star of Tomorrow and was voted to the 912 Sports All-Area team.

Jordan has a 4.2 GPA. He has been on the Head of School List and Honor Roll throughout high school. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life, Health and Wellness Club, Spirit Club and 707 Group.

His community service work involves volunteering as a mover, helping with hurricane prep, Trunk-or-Treat and Relay for Life.

Jordan will attend the United States Air Force Academy on a football scholarship. He plans to major in biology while studying on a track for Pre-Med.

 

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