Kaitlyn Norman, of Springfield High School, and Michael “Konnor” Graham, of Hammond High Magnet School, were named North Oaks Sports Medicine “Student-Athletes of the Year” for 2020-2021, based on the number of votes received via an online survey.
Both had previously been nominated by their coaches and selected by the Certified Athletic Coaches of North Oaks Sports Medicine and the North Oaks Orthopedic Specialty Center Provider Team to be recognized as student-athletes for the spring 2021 season.
With an average of 4.1 GPA, the Springfield High School graduate and Student of the Year Norman has been on the Bulldogs basketball and track teams since her freshman year. A participant in the Upward Bound program at the University of Southeast Louisiana, Norman will attend Xavier University in New Orleans on a college scholarship this fall.
In high school, Norman’s track and field events included the 100m, 200m, 4x200m relay and 4x100m relay. As the captain of the basketball team, she averaged 10 points per game and led her team to the third round of the playoffs for the first time in school history this year. Norman was also named to the All-District 2A second team this year.
“Kaitlyn leads by example in all aspects of her daily life, from school and athletics to community service,” said Bulldogs track coach Storm Reeves.
Graham, an honored student of Hammond High, is an up and coming junior who finished his second year with a 4.0 GPA. He plays soccer and has pitched and played for first base for the past two years.
With four homers and 12 doubles last season, Graham had a batting average of 0.386 and a base percentage of 0.522. In 38 innings pitched, he had 55 strikeouts.
“Konnor works hard and stays after practice to gain extra time,” said baseball coach Michael Rutland. “He maintains a 4.0 GPA while playing two sports and cheering on his teammates and other students along the way.”