North Oaks Sports Medicine athletic trainers have joined with North Oaks Physician Group orthopedic surgeons to select Morrison “Airi” Hamilton, Carly Johnson, Travis Shaw and Milan Love as Student-Athletes of the Month for October, a news release from North Oaks said.
Hamilton is the daughter of Theresa and Alvin Hamilton. She is an active senior at Ponchatoula High School and maintains a 3.76 grade-point average, the release said.
Girls basketball head coach Patricia Landaiche nominated Hamilton. She has been on the basketball team for three years, playing guard and forward positions. For the 2012-2013 season, she averaged 15 points, five rebounds and six steals per game. She also is actively involved in track and field, Girls State, Spanish Club, Talented Music and the National Honor Society. According to her close friends and peers, she is always one of the first to volunteer for community events, such as the Special Olympics and the Little League World Series, which was held at the Ponchatoula Recreational Park last summer, the release said.
Johnson is the daughter of Tracy and Scot Johnson, and is a senior at Walker High School with a 4.0 gpa.
Johnson has been a member of the Walker High School volleyball team for four years. She averages 25 assists, 15 digs, five aces and three kills per game, the release said.
In her nomination of Johnson, volleyball head coach Nicole Dufour said she was regarded as a leader long before her senior year. “She promotes a positive attitude that encourages her teammates to strive for success,” Dufour said. “Her definition of team lives far beyond the game of volleyball. Her peers see her as someone who always takes the time to help others with no expectation of accolades or recognition.”
Johnson is a National Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-American and has received All-District honors for volleyball and softball the past two years.
Shaw is the son of Vickie and Dean Shaw and an Oak Forest Academy senior with a 3.4 gpa. He is a four-year member of the Fighting Yellow Jackets football team and plays both offensive and defensive lineman. The honor student also throws shot put for the track team, the release said.
He was nominated by Oak Forest Principal and head football coach Jason Brabham.
“Travis is a leader on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. He is always focused on offense and very disruptive to the opposing team’s offense when he plays defense,” Brabham said. “He constantly encourages his teammates to give their all whether on the field or in the weight room. He is respectful of his team, the coaching staff and the coaching strategy of leading by example.”
Love is the son to Mariem Love-White and Bret White and is a senior at Springfield High School with a 3.7 gpa.
Love was nominated by head football coach Ryan Serpas for his leadership skills, the release said. He is a four-year veteran of the school’s football team and plays quarterback. He averages 11 carries for 85 yards, two passes for 40 yards and one sack per game. Serpas said Love is a hard-working player who sets a great example for students to follow.
Love also tutors other students, plays basketball and baseball, and belongs to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Beta Club.
From August to April, North Oaks Sports Medicine staff and North Oaks Physician Group of orthopedic physicians choose a male and a female student-athlete from both Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes as Student-Athletes of the Month, the release said. Nominations are accepted from coaches, athletic directors and principals. Athletes must excel in athletic competition, have a 3.0 gpa or higher, participate in school and community organizations, and respect coaches, teammates, officials, teachers and their peers, the release said.
In May, North Oaks Sports Medicine staff will select a Student of the Year from all monthly honorees.
Nomination forms are posted on www.northoaks.org/athlete or can be requested by calling North Oak Sports Medicine at (985) 230-5248.