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Godwin wins athlete award

Pleasant Home senior Josh Godwin will be adding another award to his arsenal this morning at the senior awards banquet.

Godwin was selected as one of the 10 MaxPreps Citizen Athletes for the 2009-10 school year for his athletic ability in football, basketball and baseball.

He will receive the National Guard Citizen Athlete trophy as well as a $2,500 scholarship check from MaxPreps. He is the winner for the Southeast Region.

Godwin said he found out the he had won the award in March when his baseball coach Bradley Stephens told him.

“Coach Stephens told me he put me up for it, and then a guy from Virginia called down here at the school,” he said.

When asked what his reaction was when he found out about the award, Godwin said he was “surprised.”

“I was surprised,” he said. “I really didn’t know much about it or anything, and then he called and let me know that I was the regional winner.”

The award is presented by the National Guard to a student who exemplifies positive values and demonstrates leadership in all areas of life — community service, academics, athletics and school involvement.

Stephens said the reason why he nominated Godwin for this award was because he “felt like he had a good chance of winning.”

“I just felt like he had a really good shot at it,” Stephens said. “I feel like it’s my responsibility as a coach to try and just help the kids out.”

Godwin is among five other regional winners in the country.

Humbly speaking, Godwin said he credits his hard work and leadership qualities that he exudes in attaining the award.

“I go in and work hard every day and try and keep everyone else on track instead of slacking off,” Godwin said.

Godwin will receive the trophy and scholarship at the senior awards banquet this morning at 8:30 in the PHS auditorium.

He is attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham this fall, and is majoring in forensic science.

When he grows up, Godwin said he wants to be a forensic analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Pleasant Home’s Josh Godwin was selected as the regional winner of the MaxPreps Citizen Athlete award for the 2009-10 season. | Andrew Garner - Star-News