Each of the five local public high schools honored a few select senior student-athletes as part of their year-end awards.
Some schools have based awards solely on athletic achievement, while others have considered athletic and academic achievement.
Information on prize requirements and winners has been provided by each respective school.
East Surry High School
The Cardinals recognized a male and female athlete of the year. Rosie Craven was named Female Athlete of the Year and Cooper Motsinger was named Male Athlete of the Year.
Craven was a tri-sport athlete who played tennis, basketball and softball. She earned all-conference honors in tennis and softball, and was an all-conference honorable mention in basketball.
Craven helped the Lady Cards tennis team win the Foothills 2A Conference Championship. Individually, she was qualified regionally in the 2A singles bracket.
Rosie, the salutatorian for the class of 2022 from East Surry, plans to attend NC State University.
Motsinger earned all-conference honors in four sports as a senior: cross country, indoor track, tennis and outdoor track.
He was part of a team conference championship, which he won with the Cardinals indoor track team, and two individual conference championships, winning titles in the outdoor track 3,200-meter race FH2A and the FH2A Singles Championship. Motsinger also won the Midwest Regional 2A Singles Championship, was a state semifinalist in the 2A Tennis State Championship, and was a state qualifier in cross country.
Cooper, the class valedictorian for East Surry’s class of 2022, plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.
Millennium Charter Academy
The Lions selected a man and a woman as the school’s varsity athlete award recipients.
Each award is given annually to a Millennium Charter senior who best exemplifies the combined ideals of MCA scholarship and athletics.
The female athlete of the year was Sophia Gomez.
Sophia played soccer for three years at Millennium. She also played softball and competed in track and field competitions during her freshman year.
Gomez plans to attend NC State University.
The Male Athlete of the Year was Hartley Devore.
Devore was a four-sport athlete who competed in cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and baseball.
Hartley was a regional cross country qualifier in the fall.
Over the winter, Devore was conference champion winning the 4×800 meter relay in the Northwest Piedmont 1A Conference Championship. He also earned all-conference honors in the 4×400 relay.
In the spring, Devore was a regional qualifier in the 4×800 relay.
He plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.
Mount Airy High School
The Granite Bears honored a male student-athlete and a female student-athlete who had the highest academic averages in the Class of 2022
Calissa Watson has been named the 2021-22 Delana Chilton Award winner.
Watson was Mount Airy’s valedictorian for the Class of 2022. Calissa was part of the Granite Bears volleyball team that won its first conference tournament championship in 29 years.
She plans to attend East Carolina University.
Mount Airy High has named Dylan Tilley the 2021-22 Alan McGee Award winner.
Tilley, who finished as the Bears’ salutatorian for the Class of 2022, was a member of Mount Airy’s football and tennis teams.
Mount Airy won the conference championships in football and tennis, while also reaching the 1A West regional semifinals in each sport.
Tilley plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.
North Surry Secondary School
The Greyhounds have recognized one male and one female as the top student-athletes for the Class of 2022. Each student-athlete must meet the following criteria:
- Is a senior who has participated in at least one sports program in the four years
- Demonstrates leadership and sportsmanship on and off the field
- Maintains a high level of achievement in class
- Represents North Surry as an ambassador for all students
- Is the epitome of the word student-athlete
The students are nominated by the coaches and all coaches vote on the names submitted.
The 2021-22 Don L. Smith Outstanding Female Athlete Award winner was Callie Allen.
Allen is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, ranks at the top of her class, and will graduate as an Honors Scholar. In addition to her academic accolades, she participated in every athletic season possible during the four years of high school.
In the fall, Callie was on the volleyball team for three years — with a season in college — before switching to cross country her senior year. Allen was the FH2A Conference Runner of the Year, a Regional Qualifier, and a State Qualifier.
Winter: Allen participated in basketball for all four seasons with the varsity team. She earned all-conference honors for three years, was an FH2A co-player of the year and an all-district selection as a senior, and led the Greyhounds to the FH2A championship in 2022.
In the spring: Allen was a four-year-old college football player who was named an all-conference honorable mention as a senior.
Allen plans to attend the University of Tennessee or Clemson University.
Ethan Edwards has won the 2021-22 Ron King Outstanding Male Athlete Award.
Edwards is a Fellow of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, ranks top of his class, and will graduate as an Honors Fellow. In addition to his academic accolades, he was a four-year member of the baseball team where he overcame adversity to become a leader on and off the field.
As a rookie, Edwards was on the JV Hounds baseball team, but his season ended prematurely after he needed surgery. Although unable to return to the field that season, he returned to the squad for practices and games to be a supporting teammate. Then Edwards’ second season in college was cut short after four games due to the pandemic.
For the past two years, Ethan has continued to be a member of the varsity team where he has led by example by working hard and being a great teammate. His sportsmanship was evident in good times and bad. His hard work earned All-Conference selection as a junior and senior, and made the 2022 FH2A All-Tournament Team.
Edwards led the team with a .533 batting average in 2022, mostly hitting early.
He plans to attend NC State University.
Surry Central Secondary School
The Golden Eagles honored two athletes from three sports as the school’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Mia McMillen has been named Surry Central’s Female Athlete of the Year. She participated in volleyball, basketball and outdoor athletics.
McMillen earned all-conference honors, recorded his 1,000th dig, and helped Surry Central reach the second round of the state playoffs as a senior with the volleyball team. Overall, she was an All-Conference selection for all four years of volleyball.
Mia was named FH2A Conference Co-Player of the Year in Basketball after averaging 21.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.2 steals, 2.8 assists and 0.5 blocks in playing more than 31 minutes per game. She had four games of 30 or more points, 14 games of 20 or more points, 18 games of 15 or more points and at least 10 points in all 22 games.
McMillen was also selected for the East-West All-Star Game, represented the West in the Triad High School All-Star Classic, and earned the second-most votes in all-district voting.
McMillen capped off his senior year by winning the 2A state championship in the 300-meter hurdles. She was named FH2A Female Athlete of the Year for a second straight year, won four individual conference titles and two regional championships.
In addition to her gold medal in the 300 hurdles, McMillen: Won a bronze medal in the 100 hurdles, was fifth in the state long jump championship, and was sixth in the state 4×200 relay championship .
Mia plans to continue her volleyball career at Limestone University.
Dakota Mills was named Surry Central’s Male Athlete of the Year. He participated in football, basketball and baseball.
Mills led the Golden Eagles football team in receptions, receiving yards and yards per strike in 2021-22. Of Surry Central’s seven total touchdowns, he caught six and was named an all-conference selection.
Dakota led the Eagles college basketball team in assists and steals with an average of 9.1 points. Once again he was selected for the FH2A All-Conference Team.
Mills had a historic baseball season for Surry Central. His 30 stolen bases are the most stolen in school history and tied for 19th in state history. His .568 batting average is the second-highest in school history and tied for 27th in state history.
Mills also led the Golden Eagles with five homers, 42 runs scored and a .985 fielding percentage.
He plans to continue his baseball career, but is currently undecided on a destination.