Positive Athlete Georgia named Sequoyah High School as the 2020-2021 Most Positive School for the northwest Atlanta region.
The organization honors students from around the state that have positive attitudes, have overcome adversity or have made contributions to their community in a positive manner. Students are nominated by teachers, coaches, parents, fans and relatives.
The organization was established to remind student-athletes that it is “cool to be positive.” Students who are nominated are awarded scholarships and special opportunities, and their individual stories are told on a national platform to help encourage others.
Sequoyah was chosen from a region that included schools from Cherokee, Bartow, Douglas and Paulding counties, and athletic director Peter Vajda said it was a true team effort.
“It really starts from the top,” Vajda said, “so from our principal all the way down to our teachers and coaches, but our coaches have a really big impact on all of our student-athletes. It resonates throughout the whole building.”
Sequoyah athletes Jonah Haney (football) and Grant Davis (swimming) were both named the most positive in their respective sports for the region.
“You could not pick two better kids,” Vajda said. “They are leaders, and they are great role models for the kids. They have great attitudes and work ethic, not only on the field or in the pool, but in the classroom, they both are outstanding students. They’re top-of-the-line kids.”
Haney and Davis are 2021 graduates from the school. Davis will swim collegiately for Auburn.
Other winners from Cherokee County included River Ridge’s Camden Cochran (wrestling), Etowah’s Molly Froman (gymnastics) and Maggie Bradley (girls soccer), Woodstock’s Reece Morrish (girls lacrosse), Cherokee’s Laney Cline (girls tennis) and Alexandra-Anne Rodkey (alternative sport) and Creekview’s Samantha Buchberger (girls golf) and Woodstock’s Ryan Comeau (boys multi-sport)
In all, awards were given in 29 different categories to student-athletes and coaches in each region.