Four Athens area athletes honored
Clarke Central’s Tomislav Zabcic-Matic and Barbara Kipreos were named the winners of the Gregg W. Lewis Memorial Scholar Athlete Award. Cedar Shoals’ Stephen Amason and Saralee Amason were runners-up, the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education announced last week.
Lewis was a 1988 graduate of Clarke Central and graduated from the Air Force Academy in the Top 100 in 1992. His parents, Bill and Sandy, established the award after his death during a practice rescue mission in Nevada in 1998.
The award is given to one male and one female senior in the Clarke County School District. Recipients must have participated in athletics all four years and lettered in at least one sport. The candidates with the highest GPAs are selected. Winners receive $500. Runners-up receive $250.
Zabcic-Matic finished his career at Clarke Central with the highest recorded GPA in school history. He participated in cross country for four years and lettered twice. He lettered four times in tennis. The 2015 valedictorian will attend Harvard.
Kipreos was a four-year letterman in swimming. She graduated in the top 10 of her class, and was dual-enrolled at Clarke Central and Georgia for the last two years. She will attend Georgia Tech.
Stephen Amason played football (four years participation, two years lettered), baseball (one year participation, one year lettered), track and field (one year participation, one year lettered) and golf (one year participation, one year lettered) for Cedar Shoals. He will attend Georgia College and State University.
Saralee Amason participated in cross country (four years participation, three years lettered), track and field (four years participation, four years lettered), cheerleading (three years participation, three years lettered) and swimming (two years participation, two years lettered) at Cedar Shoals. She will attend Georgia.