Zachary High athletes acknowledged _lowres

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary High School and Athletic Director Jesse Cassard, far right, recognized five athletes for December and January. Honored Feb. 19, from left, are Peyton Wicker, wrestling; Jamecia Profit, basketball; Justin Jackson, football; Frankie Griffin, track; and Keenan Tate, wrestling and football.

Five Zachary High School students were honored at a brief ceremony Feb. 19 as athletes of the month for December and January.

The students, who excel in the classroom and in sports, were selected by their coaches for having good grades and good conduct, and for participating in community service and various extracurricular activities, Athletic Director Jesse Cassard said.

Honored were: Frankie Griffin, track; Justin Jackson, football; Jamecia Profit, basketball; Keenan Tate, wrestling; and Peyton Wicker, wrestling.

Griffin, 15, has been running track since elementary school in Lake Charles. Previously a student at Hamilton Christian Academy, she competes in the 4x400 relay, high jump and long jump on the Zachary High School track team. The sophomore is the daughter of Kenneth and Mona Griffin.

Jackson, 17, previously played for coach David Brewerton at Livonia High School before transferring to Zachary. A 12th-grader with a 3.8 GPA, Jackson has plans to attend Louisiana Tech University in the fall. He is the son of James McCray and Shantina Banks.

Profit, 16, is a sophomore and power forward on the Lady Broncos basketball team. The Zachary native has competed in basketball since middle school and maintains a 3.6 GPA. She is the daughter of Jimmy Profit and Corlette Sims.

Tate, 17, a senior wrestler and football player for the Broncos, has wrestled all four years while at Zachary High School. He has a 3.0 GPA and will attend Southeastern Louisiana University or Southern University to pursue a degree in nursing. His parents are Kenneth and Lillian Tate.

Wicker, 17, is a four-year wrestler for the Broncos. He has a 3.4 GPA and plans to attend Louisiana Tech. He is the son of Rusty and Tammy Wicker.