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Once again, it’s time to honor Johnson County’s finest.

On June 10, the top senior athletes from the county’s six public high schools will be recognized during the 16th annual Johnson County Athlete of the Year Banquet at Franklin College.

Sponsored by the Daily Journal and the Johnson County athletics directors, the event honors male and female athletes for excellence in athletics and sportsmanship. Each school nominates a male and female candidate for consideration as Athlete of the Year. An overall male and female winner then are selected by the Daily Journal sports staff.

Each school also selects a male and female winner for Outstanding Sportsmanship awards.

All of the athletes are individually recognized at the event, which will be conducted in the Branigin Room in the Campus Center on the campus of Franklin College.

This year’s Male Athlete of the Year nominees are Justin Veteto, Center Grove; Dakota Sneed, Edinburgh; D.J. Smith, Franklin; David Dalton, Greenwood; Brenden Smith, Indian Creek; and Jesse Street, Whiteland.

This year’s Female Athlete of the Year nominees are Sarah Thompson, Center Grove; Brianna Schooler, Edinburgh; Hannah Hook, Franklin; Brittany Gray, Greenwood; Tori Caudill, Indian Creek; and Bailey Glover, Whiteland.

This year’s Male Outstanding Sportsmanship winners are Chapman Johnson, Center Grove; Christian Quillen, Edinburgh; Skyler Lykins, Franklin; Austin Montgomery, Greenwood; Brett DeHart, Indian Creek; and Jacob Scott, Whiteland

This year’s Female Outstanding Sportsmanship winners are Lauren Beaumont, Center Grove; Marissa Whitis, Edinburgh; Hannah White, Franklin; Makenzie Estrem, Greenwood; Jessica Knight, Indian Creek; and Emily Zietlow, Whiteland.

This year’s guest speaker is Carol Tumey, a retired coach and athletics administrator at Center Grove High School.

A pioneer in girls sports in Indiana, she has coached multiple sports and founded the girls varsity basketball program at Center Grove.

Tumey is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall Fame, the Indiana Track and Field Hall of Fame, and the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame.

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