Track/Cross Country Athlete Jacob Wins NCHSAA State Award

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association recently announced that Jennae Ann Jacob of Marvin Ridge High School was one of two recipients of the 2017 Charlie Adams Endowed Scholarship, an award honoring former executive director of the NCHSAA. Logan Todd Odom from Robbinsville High School was the other winner of the state-wide award.

Both winners were named the winners of the $1,500 scholarship.

Jacob, a senior from Waxhaw, has been a member of the Marvin Ridge cross country and track teams during her four years at Marvin Ridge. Jacob won Southern Carolina Conference cross country all-conference honors four times and she is captain of the women’s track team.

Jacob holds the school record in the 800-meter run. She is also very accomplished off the track as well as a participant in the school’s Robotics, Beta and Key Clubs. Jacob is also in  the National Honor Society.

Jacob has been awarded achievement awards for Multimedia and Webpage Design as well as a National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence. Jacob has served as a volunteer counselor at Camp Boomerang where she served as a peer buddy for children with autism.

Jacob is also the founder and president of The Reserve to the Rescue, which assists a local animal rescue league. Jacob will continue her running career at Appalachian State where she plans to study Digital Communication.

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
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