A new recognition program overseen by Zachary High School Athletic Director Jesse Cassard honors student athletes who excel on the playing field or court and in the classroom.

Cassard said the program is a good way to recognize students who also are athletes and who might not be in the spotlight otherwise.

“They take care of business on both sides of this coin,” Cassard said Sept. 24.

Students must earn good grades, promote good sportsmanship and possess leadership abilities.

Senior volleyball player Dreona Clayton, 17, daughter of Aristead and Michelle Clayton, and senior wide receiver R.J. Newton, 17, son of Roderick and Joyce Newton, have been named Student Athletes of the Month for August.

Broncos football coach David Brewerton said Newton is a tremendous kid who has put his time in.

“He’s a first-year starter and does a great job for us. He’s already caught three touchdown passes and is a great senior leader,” Brewerton said.

“She is a good leader and has played for me for all four years. She’s very passionate about the game. Every team needs players like Dreona. She really makes a difference on the court,” coach Madeline Blanchard-Gugich said of Clayton.

Clayton plays next with the Lady Broncos at 5 p.m. Friday at Scotlandville Magnet.

Newton will travel with the Broncos to play Dutchtown at 7 p.m. Friday.