Eight senior athletes from district high schools were nominated for the David Maccaulay Mathis Memorial Pursuing Victory With Honor Award at the American Youth Character Awards held April 9. This award is sponsored by Upchurch, Bailey and Upchurch along with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Each of the eight Pursuing Victory With Honor nominees received a check for $400 and the winner, from Bartram Trail High School, received a $1,000 check.
This Award was founded in honor of David Macaulay Mathis who attended local public schools, graduating in 1999 from Allen D. Nease High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma. While at Nease, David was an outstanding cadet in the Naval JROTC program, a varsity basketball player and a member of the National Honor Society. David was an active member of Memorial Presbyterian Church. He graduated in 2003 from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science. David and Mary Kathryn Forbes and were married in 2004.