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Slaughter a top scholar athlete

BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL Bearcats cross country scholar athlete Sam Slaughter displays his honors as he gets together with his family, coach, principal and a major supporter. Seated by his side are his mother, Nancy Slaughter, and his father, Tony Slaughter. From the left, standing, are Bainbridge High School Cross Country Booster Club President Richard Hughes; Slaughter’s sister, Bre Slaughter; Bainbridge High School Principal Tommie Howell, and Bearcats and Lady Cats cross country coach Mandi O’Mara.

Bainbridge High School Bearcats senior cross country runner Sam Slaughter received a special scholar athlete award Monday morning at Bainbridge High School.

He earned the award by maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average and making a 1950 score on his Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Slaughter plans to attend Georgia Tech and major in aerospace engineering.

On hand to witness his award, which included a trophy, certificate and patch, were Slaughter’s parents, Tony and Nancy Slaughter; his sister, Bre; Bainbridge High School Principal Tommie Howell; his cross country coach, Mandi O’Mara, and Richard Hughes, president of the Bainbridge High School Cross Country Boosters.

Principal Howell and coach O’Mara described Slaughter as an exceptional student and hard-working runner who is very oriented toward achieving his scholastic goals.

Coach O’Mara explained that to be a scholar-athlete, you really have to be exceptional in the classroom.

“Scholar athletes have to have a minimum 3.5 grade point average, and a minimum score of 1,000 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test,” she explained. “Sam far exceeded that criteria. He also worked extremely hard in cross country competition. He is just an exceptional young man”