It was a particularly special day for the Henley family.
Joshua Henley, Hunters Lane’s multi-sport athlete, won the prestigious Moss-Oliver award, presented by the Nashville City Civitan Club Wednesday afternoon.
Henley won the boys award and Christ Presbyterian Academy’s Logan Miller was named the girls winner at presentations made by the Civitan’s Dale Denny at Swett’s Restaurant.
The award is named for William Henry Oliver and J.D. Moss, the respective city and county superintendents in the 1960s and former Civitan presidents. It honors a Nashville area boy and girl who excel in athletics, academics, school activities, community involvement and good citizenship.
Henley joins his older brother Jahi Henley, 29, who won the award at Hunters Lane in 1996 and who is currently working for Wells-Fargo in Memphis.
“I haven’t called him (Jahi) yet, but I’m sure he’ll be excited when he finds out that we have two winners in the family,’’ Henley said. “We both won the Optimist award, too.’’
“I was happy just to be one of the three finalists, and I told each of the other two that they deserved it just as much as I did,’’ Henley said. “I just give all the credit to God for this and for what I have been able to do in sports and life.’’
Henley, who has signed for basketball at Gardner-Webb, played wide receiver in football, small forward in basketball and ran cross-country. He was team captain in basketball, scored 1,500 career points with 700 rebounds. He was a member of the honor roll and National Honor Society and served as a counselor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
“It’s a testament to his family, having two recipients, and to his school,’’ said Hunters Lane basketball coach Anthony Sewell. “He’s a very humble young man, and he’s very deserving of the award.’’
Miller was a basketball co-captain at CPA, had a 4.3 GPA, 33 ACT, is a member of the National Honor Society, vice-president of the FCA and worked on many school projects at CPA. She is also an active member of Grace Point Church and Volunteer for the Christmas Angel Tree.
“I really wasn’t expecting it (the award),’’ Miller said. “The other two finalists were so outstanding, I felt honored just to be included.
“It was very special for our school to have two nominees (Jake Peterson was a boys finalist), that says so much for what our school stands for both academically and athletically,’’ Miller said.
The 5-4 Miller is headed to play basketball as a guard at Sewanee, University of the South. After Sewanee, she was looking at “possibly pre-med, we’ll see.’’
Other finalists included:
Anna Bowers, Ensworth: Was captain and tournament MVP of the DII state champ Tigers in March. She was soccer captain and runs track where, earlier this week, she won the DII Region pentathlon. She won the Tiger award, awarded for lettering in eight or more sports. Had a 3.8 GPA, won the Miami Book Award, is a member of the FCA and member of the Political Action Club and is involved in youth ministry at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ. Signed with Lipscomb University to play basketball.
Rachael Reynolds, Father Ryan: Four-year starter for the Irish basketball team, listed as a top 10 player in Decatur (Ala.) Christmas tournament, has weighted GPA of 4.47, National Honor Society, academic dean’s list, member of the FCA, volunteer for Room in the Inn for the homeless. The 5-11 Reynolds will attend Centre (Ky.) to play basketball and will join brother Larry, who also plays basketball there.
Caden Anderson, Nashville Christian School: Captain of the Eagles’ basketball team his junior and senior years, was named all-district and all-region his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. District MVP, awarded Old Timer Baseball Scholarship, 3.55 GPA, won school English and Math award, senior class vice-president, sang at nursing homes, worked at feeding the homeless. Will attend UT-Chattanooga, but not to play basketball.
Jake Peterson, CPA: Captain of Lions basketball team, also lettered in tennis and in cross country where he was also captain, A/B Honor Roll, 3.4 GPA, FCA member, works with senior citizens and also Daystars Ministries Volunteer. Will attend Baylor University, where he plans to be a psychology major.