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TOP MALE ATHLETE: TEVIN HESTER, SENIOR AT GRANVILLE CENTRAL HIGH
Notable: Hester is the N.C. High School Athletic Association male athlete of the year for 2011-12. The Clemson University recruit was a three-sport standout. He rushed for 1,247 yards and scored 19 touchdowns in football and averaged 18.5 points per game in basketball while becoming the schools career scoring and steals leader. But he was most outstanding in track. Hester won the New Balance Indoor national high school championship by racing 60 meters in 6.72 seconds. He was fifth in the 200 meters in the same meet. He was the NCHSAA 1A/2A state indoor champion in 55 meters and in the outdoor 100 meters.
Add to Mount Rushmore: Myself
Favorite literary work: Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Hardest subject: Science
Fun is: Hanging with friends playing video games
Favorite subject: Math
Childhood toy: Bicycle
College choice: Clemson
Biggest sports thrill: Running the 100 meter dash
Best moment is sports: Winning nationals
Biggest thrill: Roller coasters
Success is: Being one of the best at what you do
Slogan: Live every day as if it is your last
Proud of: Everyone who is trying to do something positive in their life
Best place to play: Oxford Webb High
The word: Ambition.
Quotable: Winning honors reinforces you. If you put in the work, you will improve. Winning a national championship was unbelievable. Ive been thinking about all of the hard work and my coaches. You can be ranked No. 1 and somebody can go faster, but once youve won a national championship, nobody can take that away from you.
Winning the state high school athlete of the year is the same thing. Once youre received that award, you can always say that you won it.
Being recognized for awards makes me want to work that much harder. I want to get better and I know that the only way that happens is if I work harder. Im excited about going to Clemson.
TOP FEMALE ATHLETE: ALEXIS PERRY, SENIOR AT DURHAM JORDAN HIGH
Notable: Perry was the most valuable female performer in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A indoor and outdoor state championships after missing the state finals as a sophomore and junior because of injuries. Perry won the 55-meter hurdles and the high jump indoors and claimed the high jump and long jump titles outdoors. She also was third in the 100 hurdles outdoors. In addition, Perry was a varsity cheerleader.
Add to Mount Rushmore: Martin Luther King Jr.
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hardest subject: Spanish III
Fun is: Being surrounded by the people you care about the most.
Favorite subject in school: Dance
Inspiration: My little sister, Kelsey, inspires me to be a better person. I know she is looking up to me and I want to be a great example and person because of it.
Childhood toy: Strawberry, one of my favorite baby dolls.
College choice: N.C. State
Biggest thrill: Jumping a new personal record in high jump or long jump.
Best moment in your sports career: Winning NCHSAA 4A girls Most Valuable Athlete at the 2012 indoor and outdoor state meets.
Success is: Being proud of what you have done.
Slogan: Hard work does pay off.
Proud of: Recovering from my ACL replacement surgery and a concussion and becoming a state champion.
Best place to play: Competing in the Russell Blunt ECI Track & Field Meet at Dukes Wallace Wade Stadium
The word: Versatile
Quotable: I think that I am most proud of being able to overcome two major injuries. I tore my left ACL during my sophomore year and missed track that season and I fell in the hurdles last year and had a concussion that kept me out last year. I am proud that I kept working.
Being named the MVP indoors and outdoors was definitely the highlight, but I learned a lot in high school competition. If you want to be successful, you have to be dedicated and work hard. Obtaining success is not easy and you have to work at it all of the time.