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THE WINNER: Micah Williams
School: Greer Middle College Charter (Taylors, S.C.)
Weight: 155 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class A individual state championship with a time of 15:35.69 this past season, leading the Blazers to the state title as a team. A four-time Class A All-State selection, Williams finished eighth at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships in 15:47.91. He crossed the line in 37th place at the Foot Locker South Regional championships in 15:36, concluding a season during which he clocked the state’s fastest time by a prep boy in 16 races.
Academic excellence: Williams has maintained a 5.13 weighted GPA and ranks No. 1 in his graduating class.
Exemplary character: A member of his church’s youth group, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society, he has served as president of both Greer Middle College’s student body and the state’s National Beta Club chapter. In addition to donating his time as a youth basketball instructor and referee, Williams has volunteered more than 200 hours to local charitable organizations, including Greer Soup Kitchen, Greer Relief and Resources Agency, Grace Place and Pendleton Place for Children and Families. He has also participated in leadership summits and service-mission trips inside the U.S. and abroad.
“From the time I met him as a coach, you knew had the chance to be special,” said Chuck Cunningham, assistant basketball coach at rival Riverside High. “That gift you sensed from him wasn’t because he was the most gifted athlete on the playing field; it was because of his burning desire to be great and refusing to get out-worked. I could go on and on about his accomplishments as an athlete, but what sets Williams apart is his character. Along with his drive to be the best, he has the ability to motivate his teammates and get them to perform at a championship level.”
THE FUTURE: Williams has verbally committed to Clemson.