Walker Middle School recently held an athletic banquet to present awards to students on the cheerleading, football and softball teams.
Principal Heath Crane welcomed everyone, then coach Joseph Austin gave the invocation.
Dennis Pattison, the athletic director and head coach of the softball team, introduced cheerleading coach Cynthia Davis, softball assistant coach Reggie Wilkes, football head coach William Hadley and football assistant coaches Paul Austin and Michael Taylor.
Sixty students received certificates for completing the football season, while 19 students were recognized for cheerleading and 16 students were honored for softball.
When the football team was recognized, Brendon Scott was named offensive player of the year, while D’Andre Reddick was honored as the defensive player of the year.
Josiah Jeffers was recognized for his participation with the film crew.
Logan Hyde earned the coaches’ award.
Each eighth-grader who played on the football team for at least two years received a Wildcat hoodie with his name on the back.
When the softball team was recognized, Harley Dawson was recognized as the offensive player of the year, while Caitlin Wingate was named the defensive player of the year. Natalie Pattison received the coaches’ award.
The girls on the softball team received T-shirts.
Meanwhile, the leaders of the cheerleading squad were captain Adrienne Hall and co-captains Makailah Sharp and Ashley Middleton.
Wildcat Booster Club President Gene Davis presented gift cards to all of the coaches.
“All of the coaches had high praise for all of the athletes’ hard work, both in the classroom and on the fields,” Pattison said. “Parents are encouraged to continue supporting the students and stay involved with the Wildcat Booster Club.”
Pattison also praised the cheerleading squad, adding that the cheerleaders will compete Dec. 3 at Armstrong Atlantic State University.