For each of the 10 months during the school year, Mountaire honors an outstanding student athlete who has shown exceptional leadership, on and off the field, by awarding him or her a $1,000 scholarship. At the end of the year we celebrate these 10 students with a Scholar Athlete Banquet and select two overall Scholar Athlete winners from those 10 monthly winners; each of these winners receives an additional $2,500. This year the overall winners were Lacey Suggs from East Bladen High School & Mathias Carter from Purnell Swett High School. Lacey, with a 4.6 GPA, was a three-sport athlete, named all-state in basketball and Player of the Year for two years. She also earned three-straight all-conference honors in softball and in volleyball. Matthias Carter, a two-sport athlete with a 4.2 GPA, was named an all-conference performer in baseball and basketball, is a member of the National Honor Society and has more than 100 volunteer hours to his credit.
The speaker for the evening, D.J. Mason, one of 15 siblings, is best known for his skills on the basketball court as a former college basketball standout with the Campbell University Camels. He averaged 10.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1 .9 assists during his senior year with Campbell University. He graduated with a degree in education and plans on pursuing a professional basketball career, before ultimately becoming a teacher and coach.
As usual we had an exceptional group of students that will all be continuing their education by going on to college & we look forward to great things in the future from all of these young adults! Thank you to Civitas Media & the Pinecrest Country Club in Lumberton, North Carolina for hosting the Scholar Athlete Banquet!
2014 – 2015 Overall Scholar Athlete Winners
September 2015 – Courtney McCormick, Fairmont High School
October 2015 – Jesse Oliver, Lumberton High School
4.7 GPA – Oliver was named all-conference as a center for the football team last year and has earned all-conference twice as a wrestler in the 220-pound division. In the 2015 season, he was a state qualifier for wrestling and finished 10th in the state in his weight division. He also won two conference championships in wrestling.
November 2015 – Meredith Godwin, Purnell Swett High School
4.14 GPA – Godwin was named a junior marshal and finished 20th at the girl’s golf state championship both her Junior and Senior years. She took AP and dual enrollment courses through Robeson Community College in the classroom, was a member of the Beta Club and is involved with her church and community.
December 2015 – Ashlyn Dial, Scotland High School
January 2016 – Lacey Suggs, East Bladen High School
4.6 GPA – A three-sport athlete, Suggs has been named all-state for the past three seasons in basketball. Her conference accolades have included two straight Player of the Year honors, was named to the Eastern Regional All-Tournament team and the North Carolina Basketball Association’s All-District team for three years on the court as well. She has earned three-straight all-conference honors in softball, along with offensive and defensive Player of the Year awards. In volleyball, she has been a regular first-team all-conference player and was named the 2015 Four County Conference Player of the Year.
February 2016 – Caleb McMillian, Red Springs High School
4.1 GPA – Between being on the golf and bowling teams, the Red Springs senior is a member of the JROTC program and president of the Beta Club. On top of all the out of school activities and working a part time job, McMillian has been able to keep his grades at a high level and is currently ranked fifth in his graduating class.
March 2016 – Summer Martin – Lumberton High School
4.2 GPA – A three-sport athlete at Lumberton playing on the soccer, swimming and tennis teams, Martin also takes part in several organizations. She is active in several out-of-school organizations on top of school and sports. She’s a member of the youth group at Antioch Baptist Church and has volunteered at My Refuge in Lumberton.