Page High School’s Katie Wright and Brentwood Academy’s Blake Andrews have been named the third recipients of the John Maher Scholar Athlete of the Month award for the 2012-2013 school year.
Wright, daughter of Mark and Sue Wright, is a four-year member of the Lady Patriots soccer team that went undefeated in District 12-AA play all four years. Page also won their district and regional tournaments each of those years.
Lady Patriot coach Nathaniel Clapp credits Wright’s strengths as a manager and her ability to communicate as reasons the team has succeeded over those years.
“Her leadership and ability in the goal have propelled this team to the next level,” he said. “She brings the team together, which you always want to have with a senior captain. As a goalkeeper, it’s a great attribute to have.”
A two-time captain from her goalkeeper position, Wright was named to the All-District team her sophomore and senior years. She missed her junior season due to her third knee surgery.
Away from the soccer field, she serves as vice president of Smiles for Kids – an organization that helps children in need. Wright also has volunteered with Ronald McDonald house, Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital, and the YMCA’s Camp Widjiwagon.
She excels in the classroom as well with a 4.3 grade point average, putting her in the top 15 of her class. She is a member of the National Honors Society and HOSA.
Wright plans to attend the University of Tennessee to become a pediatrician, but has not completed shut the door on playing college soccer according to her coach.
“If the right situation came along she might do it,” he said. “But I think she wants to focus on her studies.”
Andrews, son of Kevin and Kay Andrews, is a four-year member of the Eagles football team and a member of the 2012 state champion track team.
First-year BA coach Cody White believes Andrews is a model for what a Brentwood Academy athlete should be.
“He exemplifies all that is great about our school,” White said. “He is an excellent student who is able to balance the demands of high-level football with being a stellar student with a rigorous class load.”
Andrews’ intelligence and work ethic were huge strengths at his offensive line position according to White. The coach believes they allowed the team to function well in a complex offensive system.
He maintains a 5.1 GPA, like Wright – the highest on the team.
Andrews is a member of the National Honors Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Over the last two years, he has been a volunteer mentor for incoming Brentwood Academy middle school students, while also working at the Animal Health Center of Franklin during summers.
The John Maher Scholar Athlete of the Month Award, given by John Maher Builders and the Williamson Herald, is decided by a four-person panel that makes their decision based on GPA, leadership qualities, community service, athletic competition, and a written essay by the student-athlete’s nominator.
Each recipient is invited to the annual scholar-athlete banquet at the end of the school year where one male and one female winner will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship.