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  • High School Student-Athletes Honored

June 08, 2021

Midway, Ky. -At a ceremony held yesterday on Midway University’s campus, 27 high school student-athletes were honored and recognized this year for their achievements in their individual sports. The Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year awards are announced throughout the year during the regionals or state tournaments for each individual sport. Students are then invited to campus each June to receive their awards and an overall male and female student-athlete of the year is announced.

“We are honored to recognize these student-athletes throughout the year,” said Dr. John P. Marsden, President, Midway University. “We created this program in 2016 to parallel what we as an institution value – academic achievement, athletic accomplishments, and community service.”

Nominations are made throughout the year by high school coaches, counselors or principals, and a judging panel vote on the winners of each sport. At the end of the year, those individual sport winners are once again reviewed by the judges to select the overall female and male winners. This year’s overall winners were Claire Lehmkuhler, a softball player from Woodford County High School and Jackson Smallwood, a track and field athlete from Grant County.

About the Overall Student-Athletes of the Year

Claire Lehmkuhler, a 2021 graduate of Woodford County High, has received all-stat

e, all-region, and all-district honors. She was named the MaxPreps/NFCA High School Player of the Week earlier this season. Most notably, she was the first player in KHSAA history to have hit a home run while batting from both sides of the plate. She holds a perfect GPA and has committed to Bellarmine to continue her athletic and academic careers. Her noted volunteering includes work with the elderly, babysitting, Girls United, and helping with the Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Jackson Smallwood, a 2021 graduate of Grant County High School has multiple athletic accomplishments – including the most recent 3A Region 5 track meet where he won the shot put breaking his own school record and the 3A Region 5 meet record. Jackson holds a near-perfect GPA, and he was named the 32nd District Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Jackson’s volunteering includes time with multiple organizations as well as his church, Sherman Baptist, where he has taken Mission Trips to Guatemala and Honduras.

Winners Claire Lehmkuhler and Jackson Smallwood
(l to r) President John P. Marsden, Midway University, Claire Lehmkuhler, Jackson Smallwoord and KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett

All Individual Student-Athletes of the Year by Sport

Student-Athlete Honorees by Sport
Name Sport School
Grant Amshoff Archery Thomas Nelson High School
Ellie Hite Archery Thomas Nelson High School
Slade Joseph Douthett Baseball Bullitt East High School
Camryn Don LaGrange Basketball Madisonville North Hopkins
Mason Rondle Moore Basketball Rowan County High School
Autumn Marie Belcher Bass Fishing Boyle County High School
Clay David Christopher Bass Fishing Boyle County High School
Kaylee Nicole Hitt Bowling Campbell County High School
Wesley Andrew Yazell Bowling Bourbon County High School
Faith Nicole Mckeehan Cheer Knox Central High School
Ryan Michael O'Dea Cross Country Trinity High School
Ciara Elizabeth O'Shea Cross Country Madison Central High School
Emily Simpson Dance Nelson County High School
Lindsey Schiavone Field Hockey Sacred Heart Academy
Tristan Cox Football Pulaski County High School
Andrew Santiago Caldwell Golf Bell County High School
Hailey Ellynn Coleman Golf North Hardin High School
Will Lawrence Bosley Soccer Covington Catholic High School
Abby Jo Manning Soccer Montgomery County High School
Claire Anne Lehmkuhler Softball Woodford County High School
Jack David Banks Swimming/Diving Highlands High School
Mary Lauren Veazey Swimming/Diving Covington Latin
Brent Sevastin Reynolds Tennis duPont Manual High School
Katherine Taylor Tennis Beechwood High School
Katharine Havana Keller Track & Field Crittenden County High School
Jackson Daniel Smallwood Track & Field Grant County High School
Caroline Cole Volleyball Dunbar High School