Peyton Emerson was awarded the Bill Simpson Award by Mr. Larry Watt, the SCISA Executive Director, at the Senior Awards Day last Friday. The Bill Simpson Award is the highest award presented to an individual student-athlete in the South Carolina Independent School Association. The Award is presented annually to a graduating male and female student-athlete in memory of Mr. Bill Simpson. Mr. Simpson served the South Carolina Independent School Association for seven years as the Athletic Secretary. Mr. Simpson, an educator first and foremost, laid much of the ground-work for an association built upon athletic and academic success. Throughout his career as a teacher, coach, official and administrator, he emphasized the importance of academic achievement. Qualifications for this award include lettering in a minimum of two varsity sports during high school, having a proven record of student leadership, being active in school clubs and organizations while having a record of outstanding academic achievement and making worthwhile contributions as a student-athlete. While others have been nominated in the past, Peyton is the first person from PCA to be awarded this prestigious honor. Way to go Peyton!
The Moultrie News held their first annual Best of Prep Sports Awards at Alhambra Hall last Monday night. In a room full of the most successful prep athletes from the area, PCA Junior Lauren Pernell was honored as the 2018 Female Athlete of the Year. Guest Speaker and former Clemson Tiger Ben Boulware was impressed by Lauren's ability to play 6 varsity sports at a high level by saying "I don't know how you play 47 sports and make All-State in everything. That's just sick." The emcee for the evening, local celebrity Warren Peper commented "you have to be always going to practice or going to games."