The YMCA’s Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award is the highest honor bestowed upon high school athletes in the Montgomery area. Based on the principles of Christian leadership as well as athletic and academic excellence, the Hitchcock award encourages and inspires others to emulate the man whose memory is perpetuated by this award. At the 57th annual Jimmy Hitchcock banquet, Macon East’s Jesi Garrett was honored to be selected as the 2016 female winner. Trinity’s Robert Adams, pictured below with Jesi, was the male award winner. The daughter of Terri and Alan Garrett, Jesi is not only an outstanding student at Macon East with a GPA of 4.24, she is a 10 time state champion and valedictorian of her graduating class. A three sport athlete in volleyball, basketball, and volleyball, she has earned 5 consecutive state championships in both volleyball and softball. Jesi has been named to numerous AISA all-tournament and all-metro teams and was selected as the AISA player of the year and state tournament MVP for volleyball. Jesi was also an all-state basketball player, all-metro player of the year, and participated in the AISA senior all-star games in each of her sports. Previously an all-state softball player, Jesi is sure to receive even more accolades for the 2016 season as well. She serves at the team captain in all three sports, as well as being vice-president of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Students, Camelot Club Justice, and the Math Team. As a member of Woodland United Methodist Church, Jesi is involved in the youth group and sings in the choir. Jesi not only made history as the first Hitchcock award winner from Macon East Academy, she will be the first two-sport athlete at the College of Coastal Georgia. Jesi has committed to play both volleyball and softball for the Mariners, while pursuing a degree in nursing.
Also representing Macon East at the 2016 Hitchcock awards was Lexi Brantley. Lexi is also a 5 time state champion in volleyball, an outstanding student and leader at MEA, and will be continuing her athletic career at Belhaven in Jackson, Mississippi. Both girls are truly representative of the principals of the historic Hitchcock program. Each year, freshman honorees are invited to attend the banquet representing their school. Nate Center and Bailey Williams were selected as this year’s freshman representatives and were both inspired to strive to be award nominees as seniors. Macon East congratulates all of these outstanding Christian athletes who proudly represented their school at the 2016 Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award ceremony.