Despite a torrential rainstorm, along with an ample dose of thunder and wicked lightning, outside of the Jacksonville High School Cafeteria Monday evening, nothing could dampen the festive mood inside the facility.
Student athletes representing each and every sports team that the school offers gathered along with family and members of the community to recognize the talents and accomplishments of the boys and the girls that so proudly wore the blue and gold as they represented their school and community during the 2013-14 school term.
The accolades were not limited to strictly the youngsters' athletic accomplishments, however, as master of ceremonies Matt Montgomery, who looked right dapper wearing a white suit complete with gold neck tie, emphasized early on in the program the incredible and record setting year in the classroom that this crop of student athletes were responsible for.
An impressive 42 student athletes earned Academic All District recognition, while five individuals were included on the Academic All-State team.
Academic All-District accolades went to: Jasmine Parson, DaMonica Franklin (basketball, softball), TaSheena Canady (basketball, softball), Mireya Gaitan, Aisha Griffin, Jada Parson, Lexi Green (volleyball, basketball), Logan Freeman (basketball, volleyball) and Mason McCormack.
Also included on the list was, Gentry Hammons (volleyball, soccer), Kennison Chambless (volleyball, soccer), Rachel Stirneman, Alaina Verhelle (volleyball, soccer), Lindsay Johnston, Lindsay Green, Katherine Jacobson, Kimberly Cruz, Kayley Yates, Mia Ziaden, Stephanie Ruiz, Sidney Chambless, Shannon Chilton, Ryan Travis (soccer, football), Cruz Rocha, Pedro Mireless, Jonathan Gonzalez, Martin Melchor, Jose Mendoza, Ruben Lara, Jorge Arredondo and Ander Lopez.
Others listed were, Rickey Arredondo, Oscar Lopez, Miguel Modesto, Allan Lopez, Luis Tavera, Cesar Guerrero, Tim Boseman, Carter McCown and Trent Sansom.
Continuing on, Nicole Robinson, Kelley Crosby, Kaitlyn Hudson, Mikaela Ross, Braneesha Willis, Janzen Terry and Shelby Garner.
Garnering Academic All-State mention were, Ryan Travis, Kennison Chambless, Gentry Hammons and Kelley Crosby and Guadalupe Muniz.