Grayson Cole Coates, a Wesson High School senior, is among sixteen Mississippi high school seniors who have been selected as Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes for the Class of 2023.
The honorees — one boy and one girl from each of the Mississippi High School Athletic Association’s (MHSSA) eight geographical districts — were chosen for their academic accomplishments as well as their participation in high school athletics and extracurricular activities. Wesson High School is in District VIII. The recipients were chosen by a committee made up of MHSAA partners and school administrators.
Each of the 16 honorees will receive a $1,500 college scholarship through the support of MHSAA partners.
The Scholar-Athlete awards were launched in 1996 to honor Mr. Lindy Callahan, a long-time athletic director and coach at Gulfport High School and an eight-time Hall of Fame inductee. In addition Coates, this year’s honorees were:
District I. Elijah Zane Chapman, New Albany High School, and Caitlyn Paige King, New Site High School
District II. Everett Kent Johnson, East Union Attendance Center, and Lindsey Elizabeth Dillard, Ingomar Attendance Center
District III. Kameron K. Jenkins, Leland High School, and Zoreya Beckworth, Amanda Elzy High School
District IV. Elijah Zaccheus, Neshoba Central High School, and Laney Dianne Boatner, Noxapater Attendance Center
District V. Mitchell Lloyd Butler, Northeast Lauderdale High School. And Brooke Nicole Gibson, Clarkdale High School
District VI. Joseph Reece Welch, Puckett High School, and Kaitlyn J. Walker, Clinton High School
District VII. Coates and Natalie Grace Deer, North Pike High School
District VIII. Braylon Lavon Coleman, Gautier High School, and Stevie Elizabeth Cooksey, Bay High School