It's one of the most prestigious awards an athlete can receive in Savannah. This time second place went to a freshman. Sarah Stewart of St. Vincent's Academy. "I was excited because I knew I was like the freshman who got it and no other freshman has ever had it before."
Sarah excels in numerous sports including volleyball and soccer. Her ability on the field was good enough to get her enough votes for second place in Hollis Stacy Award voting Something that doesn't happen every year and something that has never happened for a freshman.
Thursday afternoon Sarah was honored in front of her classmates for her achievements in team sports, but her coach knows there is much more to sarah's ability. "She's completely committed academically and athletically here." says Dawn Odom, Sarah's coach at St. Vincent's. And she works hard, she leaves it all on the field when she's done, she doesn't like to lose and that's always a plus."
That competitive spirt carries over at home as well, Sarah's brother is Benedictine standout Brad Stewart, so there's a home full of talented athletes and it's on display every day.
"All three of my children, even my youngest. It's a battle between them to try to do better than the other. All 3 of them are extremely competitive." according to Sarah's dad. Odom adds "We actually picked her out of a volleyball camp in 7th grade at St. James as being a great athlete. She's lived up to that."
She got coaches attention in 7th grade, but Sarah's just getting started. A 2nd place Hollis Stacy Award finish as a freshman means, there very well could be more hardware in her future