“This evening was simply exquisite.” That eloquent summary, provided by a parent of one scholar athlete, could not have been more accurate. The first annual Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete Banquet was a resounding success.
The Columbia Tower Club area venue for our 90 guests, with its spectacular views from above the Seattle Skyline on a beautiful May evening, was simply an unbeatable setting.
Athletes and guests began arriving at 6 pm where they were welcomed to the banquet with hors d'oeuvres, and directed the red carpet for a picture with Q13 Fox News anchor Bill Wixey and principal attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, Chris Davis. Dinner was served at 7pm at which time each scholar athlete was recognized for their remarkable achievements, with speeches given by Davis and Wixey. The key note speaker for the evening was Kelly Jennings of the Seattle Seahawks, who shared stories of his high school and college successes and encouraged all of the athletes to “hold their heads high, and never give up on a dream.”
Shortly after dinner the Scholar Athlete of the Year awards were presented to Hunter Colegrove of Bonney Lake High School and Alexis Court of Liberty High School. Both have excelled greatly in the classroom as well as on the field of play, and more importantly are genuine young people with limitless futures.
The evening was concluded with pictures and autographs on the red carpet with Mr. Jennings who was a fantastic ambassador for the Seattle Seahawks and the NFL. It was truly a pleasure to have him join us.
It is our hope that this is the first of many successful years for the Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete Program as we continue to build a foundation for inspiring elite performance amongst high school student athletes from around the Seattle area.
Scholar Athletes of the Year Bios
This three sport varsity athlete played Varsity Football, Basketball and Track and carried a 3.8 GPA while taking mostly AP classes throughout high school. He has served as captain of the Football and Track team and has received awards including 1st Team All League Special Teams (SPSL), Honorable Mention All League Linebacker, and Special Teams Player of the Year. He has also received The ‘Heart of the Panther’ award, a select coach’s award given to one player from each varsity team at Bonney Lake High School who epitomizes the school motto "strength of mind, excellence of character.”
Science and math are his favorite subjects and he excels at both. He is a member of National Honor Society and has organized and led a group of honor society students in Relay for Life at PLU the past two years. Furthermore, he is also on the Senior Cabinet as President of the group of students in charge of running the school store.
“Hunter is an amazing young man who exhibits poise, leadership, and maturity, through hard work, dedication, and commitment to be the best that he can be,” says Andrew Sage, Hunter’s science teacher and football coach. One reason Hunter works so hard may be because of his mother’s battle with cancer when he was a high school freshmen. “He realizes anything can happen at any given time,” says neighbor Peggy April, “He is a confident and hardworking student who sets high standards with big expectations for himself.” Hunter will be attending the University of Washington in the fall, which is a dream come true for him. He plans to study ophthalmology or some other form of medicine and in doing so will be the first in his family to graduate from college.
We are happy to award the first Scholar Athlete of the Year to Hunter Colegrove.
This scholar athlete has consistently excelled in soccer, basketball and softball for her high school all while maintaining excellent grades. Her ability to balance her school work and athletics all while being the ASB president is truly remarkable. She has also served twice as 2010 class president and has been team captain for both soccer and fastpitch softball teams the last two years. She is the LINK Crew Vice President, Spirit Club Vice President, and is a member of such organizations as the ‘Be The Change Club,’ Yearbook, and Key Club. She has been a member of the National Honor Society for that last 4 years, and has volunteered for the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and as an Athletes For Kids Mentor.
She has received awards and acknowledgements including Liberty High School (LHS) Varsity Women’s Soccer Most Inspirational Award, LHS Varsity Fastpitch Coaches Award, All-KingCo Honorable Mention, LHS Singers Most Inspirational Award, Sue Schoeppach Leadership and Service Award, and was a Washington Scholars Award Nominee.
“Alexis is an all around remarkable student athlete and a well-rounded kind of person,” says her softball coach Jessica Johnson, who selected Alexis for the coach’s award last softball season, “because she truly demonstrates what it means to be an excellent athlete, teammate and student.” She has also been selected as the most inspirational player by her teammates 5 times.
Dana Greenberg, her Honors European Studies teacher and Liberty High School’s Dean of Students says, “She provides… leadership, enthusiasm and energy. Alexis is a student leader that everyone admires and wonders, ‘How does she do it all?’”
We are happy to award the Scholar Athlete of the Year to Alexis Court.