Sonoraville's Kristi Vaughn (File Photo)

For the second time in the past month, The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) has chosen North Georgia Rage Volleyball Club and Sonoraville High School rising senior setter, Kristi Vaughn, for a national accolade.

The JVA has selected seven junior volleyball student-athletes as recipients of the 2013 JVA “AthLeader Award.” This award recognizes the top JVA players in the nation for outstanding achievement outside of the volleyball court. All seven AthLeaders display excellence in the classroom, leadership through extracurricular activities, and participation in community service. As an organization committed to the growth and development of junior volleyball, the JVA values the commitment and achievement of JVA players.

Vaughn, previously selected for the JVA “Junior Watch List,” holds a 4.0 GPA at Sonoraville High School in Calhoun where she ranks first in her class of 227 students. She has received numerous academic awards, including Georgia Merit Scholar and top honors at Sonoraville in Chemistry, Biology, Math, U.S. History, American Government and Spanish. She is her Class Vice President and incoming FCA Co-President.

In addition, she was a member of this year’s Youth Leadership for Calhoun-Gordon County. Vaughn is the recipient of the Gold Presidential Community Service Award and is a member of HOSA, SADD and Junior Optimists. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and spends time volunteering at Meadowdale Baptist Church, where she is a member.

“This is a good indication of the level of student/athlete we are currently producing at Sonoraville,” offered Sonoraville principal Bruce Potts. “We encourage all of our students to be well-rounded and do their very best in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. We are very proud of and thankful for the example Kristi, her coaches, and her peers are setting.”