The North Oaks Sports Medicine team honored Elijah Callahan, of Albany High School; Marshall Graves, of Hammond High Magnet School; Jenna Reno, of Ponchatoula High School; and Taylin Underwood, of Doyle High School, in May as the 2013-14 Student Athletes of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year.
The North Oaks Sports Medicine team and North Oaks Physician Group orthopedic surgeons selected the top male and female athletes in Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes from monthly honorees chosen between August 2013 to April 2014. Honorees were chosen based on excellence in athletic competition, maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher, being active in school and community organizations and showing respect for coaches, teammates, officials, teachers and other students, a news release from the hospital said.
To select the Student Athletes of the Year, North Oaks used Facebook to invite the public to vote for their choice. Residents had more than a week to vote. More than 9,000 votes were cast with national and international participation, including American soldiers in Kuwait, the news release said.
Marshall Graves, an sophomore at Hammond High Magnet School, played basketball and averaged 14 points and six rebounds per game. Graves ended the school year with a 3.6 GPA, belongs to the National Honor Society and is an International Baccalaureate student. He was described as a role model on the court and in the classroom, the news release said. He is active in his church and extracurricular activities through the IB program. Graves will be a junior at University High in Baton Rouge next year.
Jenna Reno, of Ponchaoutla High School, graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She ranked as the top runner on the Green Wave’s Cross Country team, having placed in the top five overall in the first four meets of the school year. She also played varsity volleyball and was a member of the track team. She has received the All-State Academic Award in all three sports. A leader on and off campus, Reno encouraged her teammates and has a positive attitude, the news release said. She is active in her church youth group and frequently volunteers for community service projects. She plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University in the fall and pursue a career in physical therapy.
Recent graduate Elijah Callahan was a senior captain on the Albany High School football team and also participated in basketball and track. His football coach described him as a leader on and off the field with a 3.7 GPA, the news release said. As a starting defensive end, his stats for the 2013-2014 school year were 40 tackles, one forced fumble and two sacks. As a starting tight end, he had seven receptions for 149 yards. Outside of sports, Callahan leads a weekly Bible-devotional group and will be working at Clear Camps, which offers 10-week programs in Louisiana and Texas. He will be attending Nicholls State University in the fall to study marine biology.
Taylin Underwood, a forward on Doyle High School’s girls basketball team, scored her 3,000th career point during the 2013-2014 school year, one of only eight athletes in Louisiana history to achieve this milestone, the news release said. Underwood led her team to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. She also played softball and helped her team to first place in district this year. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was considered a leader in her senior class, the news release said. Outside of school, she works with disabled children. She plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University in the fall to study kinesiology and will play for the Lady Lions basketball team.
For information on North Oaks Sports Medicine or the Student Athlete of the Month program, visit www.northoaks.org/sportsmedicine or call (985) 230-5248.