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April 22-- Lawson Paradice has been named the winner of the Positive Athlete Georgia in the Southeast Georgia Regional in wrestling for 2019. For the fifth consecutive year, Positive Athlete Georgia; an organization started by former University of Georgia football star and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward; will be awarding college scholarships to Georgia high school student-athletes based more on their character that their athletic performance. Over $100,000 in college scholarships have been awarded since the Georgia program’s inception. There are fourteen regions in the state and the Southeast Region contains all 24 counties in the southeastern part of Georgia. There is only one spot for wrestling in each of the fourteen regions. Paradice has lettered in wrestling, football, and soccer each of his four years in high school. He has maintained a high grade point average and over come a career ending lower leg injury his junior year to return to the playing field. 4 22 19 Paradice

“Lawson has made tremendous growth as a person and an athlete while he’s been at Vidalia High School,” stated head wrestling coach Dr. James Ferry. He continued, “Lawson was very exasperating as a freshman, but this year; his senior year; he would ask his opponents if they could pray together before they had to wrestle. Most said yes and they would pray. Then they would compete as gentlemen warriors. Everyone likes to win at athletics and Lawson did a lot of that, but he truly bought into what the thing of high school athletics is really about. Speaking on behalf of the wrestling staff and possibly the entire coaching staff, we are extremely proud of the award that is being bestowed on Lawson.” A full list of Georgia Positive Athlete recipients can found at

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