CHAPEL HILL — Cece Johnson continues to obtain accolades after her phenomenal senior monitor and discipline season at East Carteret.
The jumper and sprinter, who has accepted athletic and educational scholarships to UNC Wilmington, was chosen as a “Coronary heart of a Champion” Award winner for his excellent sportsmanship, overcoming adversity, and persistently going above and past expectations.
She was considered one of 19 student-athletes chosen for the dignity by the NC Excessive College Athletic Affiliation.
The popularity is a part of this system provided by the NCHSAA Pupil Companies Division. NC Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance coverage Firm sponsors these awards.
Every of the NCHSAA member faculties had the chance to appoint one male and one feminine student-athlete for the popularity.
The coed-athletes should have participated in at the least one varsity sport or exercise, together with cheerleading, throughout the 2021-2022 faculty 12 months, haven’t been ejected from any contest, and should have demonstrated excellent citizenship and sportsmanship throughout their highschool careers.
The scholars crammed out an utility questionnaire, after which a college official, such because the principal or athletic director, additionally supplied an analysis.
Johnson earlier earned the Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship from the NCHSAA.
She acquired $750 as considered one of 12 regional winners after which collected an extra $1,000 as considered one of two state award winners.
Farhan Siddiqui from Walter M. Williams Excessive College received the scholarship on the male student-athlete facet.
Johnson joined Andralyn Livingston to place collectively a spectacular efficiency on the 2A state monitor and discipline meet this previous spring.
The duo mixed to attain 42.5 factors and are available inside 5.5 factors of profitable a state crown as a two-athlete crew.
They mixed for 5 podium finishes and a crew state runner-up spot at North Carolina A&T State College’s Truist Stadium on the Irwin Belk Observe.
RS Central claimed its first state title in program historical past with 48 factors. 4 Hilltoppers reached the rostrum to submit most of their tally.
Oddly sufficient, East additionally got here achingly near a state championship when Johnson and Livingston have been freshmen, falling two factors in need of Murphy on the 1A meet.
Johnson received the triple soar with a 36-foot, 7.25-inch leap.
Regardless of making an attempt the occasion for the primary time just a few weeks earlier, she completed third within the excessive soar with a 5-2 clearance.
She additionally took a kilometer within the lengthy soar with a 17-0.5 leap.
Though a competitor on East Carteret groups, Johnson attended MaST (Marine Science and Applied sciences Excessive College).
She shined in each aspect of her highschool profession.
As a junior, she earned 4 medals on the 1A/2A Coastal 8 Convention monitor and discipline championship, added 4 extra on the 1A regional after which grabbed two extra on the 1A state meet.
Johnson received the lengthy soar on the state meet with an 18-0 leap, which was greater than half a foot longer than each her earlier private report coming into the meet and the second-place state finisher.
She took bronze within the triple soar with a 34-10 leap.
Her freshman season noticed her make a mark on this system proper from the beginning as she joined Breah Taylor, Andralyn Livingston and Makayla Brazelton to win the 400-meter relay in 49.88 on the state meet. The quartet added a bronze within the 800-meter relay with a 1:46.82 end.
Johnson helped East seize a regional crew title and state runner-up end.
She sported a 4.1 GPA and graduated with an affiliate diploma along with a highschool diploma, volunteered on the Boys & Women Membership and was named the 2022 Boys & Women Membership of the Coastal Plains Youth of the 12 months.