Student athletes earn honors for positive influence

Student athletes earn honors for positive influence

Carrollton High School was named West Georgia’s Most Positive high school by Positive Athlete Georgia, an organization started by former Georgia Bulldog football star and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward. Two Carrollton student-athletes were also named Most Positive in their individual sports.

Will Cochran, who just graduated, was selected for Boys’ Golf, while rising senior Kirby Criswell was named West Georgia’s Most Positive Boys’ Lacrosse Athlete. Twenty student-athletes were nominated by coaches, teachers, parents, and fans of Carrollton high school athletes for the awards.

“This is the fourth year for the Positive Athlete program in Georgia, and the stories of our nominees continue to amaze me,” said Ward. “I was always credited with having a positive influence on my team during my days with the UGA and the Steelers, but the stories I hear about kids like Will and Kirby really inspire me to be a better person. And Carrollton High School really deserves this award for the number of quality nominations they sent to us this year.”

“We are honored to be recognized in this way as a school, and especially proud of Will and Kirby for getting individual honors,” said CHS Principal David Brooks. “As the former athletic director, I have observed first hand the positive efforts of our coaches, student-athletes and fans. We are fortunate to live in a great community that is so supportive of the life lessons high school athletics provides.”

Positive Athlete Georgia, a subsidiary of parent company Celebrate Positive, LLC, is a group of high-character professional athletes who have teamed up to promote the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world. Positive Athlete Georgia has also awarded regional winners of Positive Athlete awards in the metro area in which over $25,000 in scholarships will be awarded. Positive Athlete Georgia mirrors the successful program put together in Pittsburgh by Atlanta businessman Scott Pederson and Ward Positive Athlete Georgia’s website ( is designed to be the centerpiece of positive sports news in sports for the state of Georgia.