Eight Georgetown High School student-athletes have been inducted as the first members of the Strovis Character Counts Awards program.

Georgetown-based Strovis Holdings initiated the yearlong awards program in September after entering into a partnership with the GHS Bulldogs Athletic Booster Club.

Through the program, Strovis and the Booster Club honors student-athletes from each of GHS’ varsity sports. Coaches from each sport select the winner, based, in part, on good character traits possessed by the student-athlete.

The award emphasizes the importance of being a student-athlete of good character and integrity. Each award will note at least one important character trait that the winning athlete demonstrates. For example, athletes will be honored for perseverance, helpfulness, dependability, responsibility, resourcefulness, determination, loyalty, attentiveness, adaptability and dedication, among other admirable traits.

Once selected, the athlete will receive a $50 cash prize and a certificate.

At the end of the school year, each individual honoree will be in the running to be named the Strovis Character Counts Athlete of the Year and the recipient of a $250 cash prize.

“I am extremely excited that Strovis chose to kick off this program at Georgetown High School,” said GHS Booster Club President Kelly Cagle. “This award not only honors a student-athlete in every varsity sport, but it also emphasizes how critically important it is for our athletes to not only be good while playing their sport but also while interacting with other students, family members, friends, and the public on a daily basis.”

Eight student-athletes have been inducted from the school’s fall sports. They are:

Darrian Gardner, Swim Team.

Hannah Nash, Girls Tennis Team.

Erin Hoskins, Volleyball Team.

Grant Hall, Boys Cross Country Team.

Grace Geer, Girls Cross Country Team.

Caroline Smith, Girls Golf Team.

Terril Steele, Football Team.

Kallie Cannon, Competitive Cheer Team.

Athletes from boys basketball, baseball, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field and wrestling, along with  girls basketball, softball, soccer and track and field will be named in the spring.

“As a Georgetown-based company, we wanted to honor student-athletes not only for their hard work in their chosen sport but also the way they conduct themselves as young people,” said Jenna Jordan, CEO of Strovis Holdings. “These students are Georgetown’s leaders of tomorrow, and how they conduct themselves while being an athlete, as well as being a member of the community, is important to recognize now.”