Patrick Butler, a junior at Millbrook High, and Elise Matera, a junior at Chapel Hill High, consider themselves to be scholar-athletes.
Their essays on what a scholar-athlete is won the N.C. High School Athletic Association contest sponsored by the N.C. National Guard. This is the first year the NCHSAA has held the contest, and it received essays from throughout the state.
Butler, who enjoys writing, said it seemed natural to write his paper. He is a three-year varsity tennis letterman and has a 4.875 GPA, tops in the Wildcats’ junior class.
“This is something that I had thought about,” Butler said. “It took me about an hour to write it and a couple of hours, off and on, to edit it and tweak it.”
Matera runs cross country and track at Chapel Hill. In her essay she said, “far from the dumb jock or the unpopular nerd, the scholar-athlete is a striking shade of gray on the spectrum of stereotypes; two seemingly unlikely parts joined together by a hyphen, a determination to success and a love to learn.”
Butler and Matera will receive gift packs that include an 8 GB iPod Nano.