Allie Parker, a member of Chapel Hill High School’s cross-country and track teams, has been named the recipient of the Coy Maddry Memorial Scholarship Award from Orange United Methodist Church.
Parker will be recognized at worship services Sunday morning at Orange UMC, where she will receive a grant of $1,000 from the church.
The scholarship, the top local award for a high school student-athlete, comes from the fund established by family and friends in memory of Avery Coy Maddry, a 1990 graduate of Chapel Hill High School and a freshman at North Carolina State University at the time of his death at the age of 18 on Jan. 7, 1991. The fund is administered through Orange United Methodist Church, where Coy was an active member.
This year’s award marks the 25th year of the scholarship fund.
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Parker was a four-year cross country runner at Chapel Hill and captain of the team her senior year. She also participated in outdoor track for four years and was a distance runner for the first three. When Chapel Hill High was overflowing with talented distance runners her senior year, she became a specialist in the 300 hurdles.
A member of the French Club who worked on Project Graduation at Chapel Hill, Parker has been active as a member at the United Church of Chapel Hill. She has gone on mission trips both with the United Church and with Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.
After a trip to Haiti in 2013, she was moved to raise money to help build a playground at an orphanage there. She has helped raise more than $4,000 for the cause and will return to Haiti this summer on a mission trip to build the playground.
Parker will attend Virginia Tech and will be involved with its honors program.
Maddry Scholarship candidates must be varsity athletic letter-winners at a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools high school who best exemplify Coy's life through qualities he demonstrated: hard work and dedication, strong academics, and exemplary character and leadership as reflected in church, school and civic activities.
Coaches and teachers nominate candidates for the honor.
The scholarship is given on an annual basis from the interest accrued by the fund. Memorials donated to the Orange UMC/Coy Maddry Scholarship Fund are still welcome at: Orange United Methodist Church, 1220 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Ken Hall, Jr. serves Orange UMC as its senior pastor.
Coy Maddry Memorial Scholarship
1991: Matt Stevens
1992: Michael Clontz
1993: Andre Taylor
1994: Tom Kindem
1995: Mary Schliebe, Becky Andersen
1996: Elizabeth Costa, Seth Harward, Hunter Lewis, Jennifer White
1997: Erica Newmark, Nick Trotta
1998: Alicia Ammons, Martina Williams, Adam Pomerantz
1999: Katie Ploghoft
2000: Inchull Lee, Julie Scearce
2001: Rachel Kitson, Lindsay Strunk
2002: Kate Crandall, Hadley Thom
2003: Heather Kendell, Chris Conway
2004: No award given
2005: Elizabeth Williams
2006: Scott Anderson, Daniel Acker
2007: Kent Pecora
2008: Wesley Strunk, Jeremy Harn
2009: Alessa Lennon
2010: Katie Krantz, Sam Marks
2011: Bill Collette, Adam Glasser
2012: Connor Roach
2013: Peter Rathmell, Alexa Young
2014: Katie Wilson
Coy Maddry Memorial Scholarship
1991 Matt Stevens
1992 Michael Clontz
1993 Andre Taylor
1994 Tom Kindem
1995 Mary Schliebe, Becky Andersen
1996 Elizabeth Costa, Seth Harward, Hunter Lewis, Jennifer White
1997 Erica Newmark, Nick Trotta
1998 Alicia Ammons, Martina Williams, Adam Pomerantz
1999 Katie Ploghoft
2000 Inchull Lee, Julie Scearce
2001 Rachel Kitson, Lindsay Strunk
2002 Kate Crandall, Hadley Thom
2003 Heather Kendell, Chris Conway
2004 No award given
2005 Elizabeth Williams
2006 Scott Anderson, Daniel Acker
2007 Kent Pecora
2008 Wesley Strunk, Jeremy Harn
2009 Alessa Lennon
2010 Katie Krantz, Sam Marks
2011 Bill Collette, Adam Glasser
2012 Connor Roach
2013 Peter Rathmell, Alexa Young
2014 Katie Wilson