Moss-Oliver winners 'honored' by recognition of achievement, service

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 9:44pm

Christine Matthews of Franklin Road Academy and Sam Smith of Hume-Fogg Academy were winners of the Moss-Oliver Awards on Wednesday.

The Nashville City Civitan Club presents the award annually to a girl and boy basketball player from a Nashville high school who excels in athletics, academics, school activities and community involvement.

This year’s winners recognized at a luncheon at Swett’s Restaurant.

“I am totally honored by this,” Matthews said. “The other finalists were equally deserving as myself.

Her FRA team reached the finals of DII state three straight years and won once (2011). Her soccer team also reached the state finals last year.

She has served as captain of both as well as the softball team as a senior. She has a 4.18 GPA and scored a 32 on her ACT and has been on the National Honor Society all four years.

She also has served as president of the student body and national honor council and has been involved in numerous community projects, including Second Harvest Food Bank. She was voted FRA’s “Best All-Around” senior girl.

“What I will miss most is the friendships and relationships I had with my teammates,” she said. “We had our ups and downs, but we made it through it all.”

Matthews will attend Vanderbilt this fall with the intent to pursue a career as a teacher and coach.

“She is almost like a daughter to me, and I am just so blessed that I have been able to be a small part of her life these past four years,” FRA basketball coach Chris Hart said. “She has meant so much to our school in so many ways.”

Smith is a four-year letterman and a two-year starter and captain of the Knights. He was the leading scorer (13.5 points) and rebounder (7.0) this season.

He is a recipient of the AP Scholar with Honors award and has a 3.8 GPA and scored 33 on his ACT. He is headed to Northwestern to study engineering.

“I am completely honored,” the lanky 6-foot-5, 205-pound Smith said. “I played with these [other finalists] in AAU ball, and they are deserving, as well. I am very surprised and thankful. As for winding up high school basketball, I will miss my teammates and my coaches.”

Said Hume-Fogg coach David Givens: “Sam is what Hume-Fogg is all about. He’s about excellence, both academically and athletically, he’s a great kid and is so easy to coach.”

Other girls finalists:

• Mallory Charpentier, Christ Presbyterian Academy: Co-captain her junior and senior years, set record for assists in a state tournament game (14) last month as CPA won the AA state championship. A national Art student senior year. Involved in numerous community groups and mission trips to Honduras, Kenya and San Antonio. Is headed to Lipscomb University.

• Kavona Harris, Hunters Lane: Four-year letterman and captain of the team for three years. Has a 3.23 GPA, ranks in top 20 percent of her class and is in honors programs. Works in numerous community projects including Second Food Harvest and Feed the Children and Bell Shire Design. Will attend the University of Memphis.

Other boys finalists:

• Nick Drake, East Literature: Named to all-district tournament and all-region tournament teams and runs cross country and track. Sings in school choir and is an officer in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Undecided on college, but said to be leaning to Trevecca Nazarene.

• Nathan Watkins, Ensworth: Key player on Ensworth’s state championship teams in both 2011 and 2012. Scored a 34 on ACT. Advisory Committee Council representative and is involved in numerous community projects, including World Leadership school in Kenya, Feed the Children and United Cerebral Palsy. Has been accepted to Vanderbilt, Haverford (Pa.), Sewanee and Washington & Lee.

Dale Denny, chairman of the selection committee, made the presentations.