By JARED JERNAGAN
Each year, the Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce honors two Putnam County seniors for their achievements on the playing field and in the classroom with its Senior Student Athlete awards.
Each of the four Putnam County Schools nominate one female and one male candidate for the award. From this pool, a female and male recipient are chosen.
The 2008 Putnam County Senior Student Athlete award winners were recently honored at their schools' award ceremonies. The are South Putnam's Meghan Canary and Greencastle's Eric Davis.
Canary is the daughter of Ed and Evonne Canary and was valedictorian of her senior class, with a 4.269 GPA.
She was a four-year participant in both basketball and softball. She was also in cross county for three years and volleyball for one.
Among her achievements are All-WCC basketball as both a junior and senior, All-WCC softball as a sophomore, junior and senior. She earned her athletic blanket at South Putnam and collected 12 varsity letters.
Canary concluded her high school sports career by leading the Eagles to a softball sectional championship.
Canary also earn academic All-WCC and academic All-State honors. She is also a Hope Haven volunteer.
South Putnam athletic director Matt Griswold called Canary an "excellent young person and a tremendous leader on the field and in the classroom. She is an excellent representative of our school."
Davis is the son of Scott and Jean Davis and ranked 29th in his class of 137 with a 3.45 GPA.
He is a four-year participant in soccer and golf at GHS. In soccer, Davis has twice been named an All-WCC player and earned team MVP once. He also helped GHS to a 2005 WCC title.
Davis is playing in today's Center Grove Regional, having posted a 73 at Monday's Martinsville sectional.
In the classroom, Davis has made the academic honor roll as well as being a DePauw Alpha student. In extracurricular activities, Davis is a three-year member of Latin club and a one-year participant in environmental science club, intramural basketball and student council. He also took part in the early morning chemistry lab's 2006 marine biology club.
"Eric has a great personality and works hard at anything he does," said GHS athletic director Scott Knapp. "He shows his leadership through his action on the soccer field and golf course. Eric is the type of player who just goes after it and he does not care about personal recognition, rather the success of the team."