The STEM Academy at Bartlett
by Stephen Routh, AD
ACADEMICS: 92 GPA while taking 3 high school credit honor classes
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Volunteered with Ronald McDonald House and Anderson Cancer Institute Funs. President of Tybee Youth Council. Thanks to an ordinance Ava helped create, Tybee parks got much-needed playground equipment upgrades.
ATHLETICS: AVA was a defensive specialist on THE RAVENS undefeated basketball team. She played centermid on THE RAVENS undefeated soccer team. AVA’s track team won every district meet, she won individual championship and led THE RAVENS to a second-place team finish.
Savannah Country Day School
by Jim Collis, AD
ACADEMICS: 94.5 or higher all four years of middle school
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Works with youth at the yacht club and her church.
ATHLETICS: HARRIS led her team to two basketball championships and a runner-up in her 3 years in middle school, she excelled in volleyball as well and was so good at soccer she played for her high school junior varsity team.
HUBERT MIDDLE SCHOOL
Jason Alston, Coach & AD
ACADEMICS: 82 average
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Volunteers with The Salvation Army’s rescue unit that provides meals to the less fortunate. He also helps coach teams at the Jenkins Athletic Club. Soft spoken kid who leads by example.
Makai played basketball for Savannah High’s JV team this year and averaged 29.7 pts a game and was his 8-1 team’s MVP. He is currently ranked by Max Preps as the 4th best combo guard in the 2025 class. He was recently ranked the 8th grade basketball player of the year in the Augusta invitational Showcase. Like his coach, Makai is known for his hops. Played QB for football team – season cancelled due to covid.
BLESSED SACRAMENT SCHOOL
Kevin Halligan, AD
ACADEMICS: Carries a 4.0 GPA – National Junior Honor Society & Student Leadership Team
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: School Tutor for younger grades, Summer Angels Program & Alter Boy. Like Makai is soft spoken who leads by example.
QB in football averaging 5 yds a carry. Won basketball championships all 3 years of middle school Led league in rebounds and averaged 17pts a game. Won the middle school baseball championship batting cleanup. In track, John finished 3rdin the high jump & 4th in Long Jump.
HARRY “ZO” SMALLS , JR
SAVANNAH CHRISTIAN PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Baker Woodward, Head Football Coach
ACADEMICS: 87.4 average
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Zo volunteers with the Frank Callen Boys Club and helps conduct toy drive and other activities.
ATHLETICS: Led his team to SPAL FOOTBALL championship – Starting Linebacker and Running Back. He was his team’s MVP. Harry was his basketball team’s best defender and rebounder. In track, ZO won a SPAL championship in the 4 x 100 relay and Shot Put.
ZAYDEN EDWARDS - BETHESDA ACADEMY
THOMAS BLACKSHEAR, LILLIE COFFEY & ALEXIS SPISSO - BLESSED SACRAMENT
CUTTER POWELL, MARQUE WILLIAMS, CALEB JONES & KAYLEE JEFFCOAT- CALVARY
CAMERON SMALLS - GEORGETOWN
JACK DEEN, VLADIMIR KAPITAN, SADIE ALBERT & FERIBY MCCORKLE - HANCOCK DAY
ADDI YATES- SAINT JAMES
JACKSON DAY - SAVANNAH COUNTRY DAY
MARY ELIZABETH EDENFIELD - SAVANNAH CHRISTIAN
HUDSON ZARAGOZA - STEM
Hubert's Ernajah Mallard was the only female football player in the district. She played both fullback and defensive end. Arnajah averaged 17.8 ppg for her basketball team which lost by 4 in the 2020 championship to Derenne. She shined in volleyball and soccer as well. Her AD described her as funny, witty and a high energy teammate. Off the court and field, she was the leader of the all-female academy that reached out to the elderly in the neighborhood while carrying an impressive 3.3 gpa.
Blessed Sacrament's Mary Sophia Fischer earned straight A's in the classroom and on the court. She led her volleyball and basketball teams to championships as an 8th grader. Her team was unable to defend their 4 x 100 relay team championship due to the pandemic but ran circles around most girls her age with her community service. Mary Sophia has been described as a coach's dream and a great example to the younger students, always willing to help wherever she can
Jake led his Calvary team to a SPAL championship in 8th grade. His teams won basketball championships in 6th and 7th grade and was a runner-up in 8th grade. He won a baseball championship in 6th grade and dominated in track in 6th and 7th grade. He maintained a 4.0 as an 8th grader. Jake is described as a natural leader with a fierce desire to carry his team to victory.
Makai's Southwest team won back to back basketball championships in 7th and 8th grade going 20-2 over two years. He was what Dennis Rodman would be for his team if Rodman had carried a B average and was disciplined and respectful. On the football field, Makai like our female honoree played defensive end. He also shined at safety and tight end on a team that lost to Derenne in the semis. His principal described him as a good all-around kid, a playful comedian that really matured academically in 8th grade.
Makai's Southwest team won back to back basketball championships in 7th and 8th grade going 20-2 over two years. He was what Dennis Rodman would be for his team if Rodman had carried a B average and was disciplined and respectful. On the football field, Makai like our female honoree played defensive end. He also shined at safety and tight end on a team that lost to Derenne in the semis. His principal described him as a good all-around kid, a playful comedian that really matured academically in 8th g
Luke was all over the field in football leading his Saint James team in tackles at linebacker, in carries and points scored at quarterback. In basketball, an injured ankle kept him sidelined most of his 8th grade season but as team captain he still managed 192 points. Luke played pitcher and outfield in baseball. He volunteered with the Carmelite nuns and is always looking for opportunities to team and encourage younger boys that look up to him. All of Luke's coaches echo the same chorus, The kid is a selfless servant leader.
ALEXIS GHALEB & HOUSTON JACKSON - BLESSED SACRAMENT
JORDAN CAVE - COASTAL
SAGE WILSON & RAKARI HARRISON - DERENNE
AVA ROLEN - GARRISON
ERIN GREEN, DESTINY MOBLEY, AVA FOSTER & ANDY DOAN - GEORGETOWN
RIAN BAILEY - GODLEY STATION
ANNA BRIDGES SMITH & ATHON HERRIN - HANCOCK DAY
NATALIE MARIE INGRAM & RACHAB WILSON - HESSE
JERMAINE EDWARDS - HUBERT
TASHIYA DAVID & LARRY JOHNSON - ISLE OF HOPE
MCKENZIE KING & JOE BARNES - MEMORIAL DAY
SIDNEY FLAGGS - MERCER
JADE PUGH - MYERS
TERRENCE WILLIAMS - OGLETHORPE
DILYNN WEAVER - RICE CREEK
MARY GRACE MEYERS & BRYCE BAKER - SAINT JAMES
BLAKE HALL - SAVANNAH CHRISTIAN
MCKENZIE CLAYTON & KADIN DIBKEY - STEM
JADA METZE & CLEVELAND ROUGIER - WEST CHATHAM
Anna Pollak led her SCDS basketball teams to consecutive SPAL titles in basketball and runner-up finishes in Volleyball. Anna owned track during her middle school career also winning first in the 200m (28.01) and 400m (1:04.26) during sixth grade year, 200m (26.97) and 400m (1:08.32) during seventh grade year and 400m (1:03.77) during eighth grade year. Anna achieved high 90’s in the classroom, served on her schools honor council and has received her schools student athlete award.
Margaret Wade led the Lady Ravens at STEM to two straight district championships in cross-country. In soccer her team also won back-to-back postseason tournament championships and this year finished undefeated. Wade is an accomplished ballerina and loves to run the Rock-N-Roll marathon. This year Margaret served as President of The Savannah Youth Council while maintaining high honor roll. This fall she’ll take her talents to Savannah Arts Academy.
Kade Tuten contributed on his STEM cross-country and basketball teams. But baseball is where he dominated. With a few games left in the season he had a .667 batting average & on base percentage of .833 & had struck out 17 of the 22 batters faced. He lead STEM to capturing two titles in three years as well as being the recent winner of the Cy Young pitching award. Kade plans to join Coach Kevin Farmer’s dominant bullpen at Benedictine.
Conner Graham as a point guard on his Hancock basketball lost one game in 2018 and went undefeated in 2019 to win back-to-back SPAL championships. At QB this year his football team made it to the final 4 in 2019 and won the championship in 2018. At Striker on his undefeated and championship soccer team he scored more than half of his teams goals. In Track, Conner holds two current school records in both the 400m at 1:04.22 & 1600m at 5:34.71.
As a family, we wanted to establish awards that will encourage eighth graders who are already on a good path to continue the good fight. And for those that my need a nudge, maybe jealousy could provide the paradigm shift they need. We hope they can learn early how to achieve riches that go way beyond the material. Matt 6:21
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We have one all-city basketball player. One SEC Basketball Champion, a division II and junior college basketball player. A division II tennis player.
We've coached Varsity Volleyball, Basketball & Tennis. We've won or played for championships at every level.
Two past presidents of The Exchange Club of Savannah, a past captain of The Savannah Quarterback Club, a past president of the Savannah Jaycees. Past board members of the Coastal Empire United Way, Red Cross and Memorial Day School.
A past treasurer of both a winning governor and mayor's campaigns.