Margret Brent Middle School via Facebook

Congratulations to this year’s Will Smith Leadership Award Winners. What a great representation of our Panther community! Please be sure to congratulate these Panthers if you see them!!!!

The annual award recognizes eighth grade Recreation and Parks Youth Basketball participants who demonstrate excellent character and leadership. They are nominated by their team coach and letters of support from two of their school teachers are provided. The County’s Recreation and Parks staff makes the final selections.

Top row: Tucker Hedrick, Trevor Hinkle, Jason Lacey, James Burnett Bottom row: Angelena Holmes, Kahmal Mitchell, Laci Johnson. Not pictured – Desmond Meredith

Each recipient receives a plaque and a basketball signed by Coach Tubby Smith. Smith was Will’s uncle and currently the head coach of High Point University Men’s Basketball team.

The award is named after William Smith Jr. who tragically lost his life on September 21, 2008 while attending Becker College in Worcester Massachusetts. Will graduated from Great Mills High in 2007 and was a standout athlete. He participated in the Recreation and Parks youth basketball program for five years. Will demonstrated strong leadership throughout his life.

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