It is very rare for one Indiana county to have three sports teams play for the state championship in one year, but rarer still to have three young people win the states highest individual honor, the mental attitude award. To earn the award, the recipient had to be nominated by their principal and coach and must excel in scholarship, leadership, mental attitude and athletic ability. They also had something else in common, they were all members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
This season, Daviess County was honored to have three Mental Attitude Award winners this year, Barr-Reeve’s Jenna Knepp for volleyball and Micah Bullock for boys basketball, and North Daviess’ Tailon Graber for softball. While Tailon and Micah’s teams each finished as state runner-up, Jenna was able to win both the State Championship, as well as being named the state mental attitude award winner.
All three of these young people are active leaders on their teams, but also in their academics, and their Fellowship Of Christian Athletes huddles.
“I have been extremely blessed to be able to know these three kids. I have watched them perform on the court and field, and have also watched them be leaders in FCA”, said Ron Bratton the Daviess/Martin county FCA director. “Jenna and Tailon both served on the Fields Of Faith leadership committee, all three gave devotions in their huddle, and have been leaders in their youth groups at their church.”
“It is amazing to have three IHSAA Mental Attitude Award winners come from one county in one year. First it says a lot about the individuals, their families, coaches, teammates, schools, and the extended community. Southern Indiana FCA is proud of their leadership in their local FCA Huddles. We congratulate Jenna Knepp, Micah Bullock, and Tailon Graber,” said David Hudson Director of Southern Indiana FCA.