Minnie Nickens

Minnie Nickens

Minnie Nickens, an eighth-grade student at H.G. Hill Middle School in Nashville, has been recognized for her outstanding sportsmanship with the prestigious NFHS Student-Athlete Award of Excellence. This award, presented by the TSSAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations, highlights the importance of character and integrity in student athletics.

As captain of the H.G. Hill wrestling team, Minnie consistently demonstrated leadership and compassion, often offering encouragement and support to teammates, particularly after a loss. Her actions resonated not just with her peers, but also with her coaches, serving as a powerful reminder that even in a competitive environment, empathy and kindness have a place.

Minnie's dedication to sportsmanship extends beyond the wrestling mat. A multi-talented individual, she also excels in softball, music, and academics.

Minnie's commitment to positive values within athletics sets a valuable example for all student-athletes. Her actions remind us that school-based athletics are not just about winning and losing, but about developing character, resilience, and respect for ourselves and others. Let us all strive to follow Minnie's lead, demonstrating that sportsmanship and integrity are essential components of a truly successful athletic experience.

Nominate a student in your school today! Please use the form linked below to share a story about a student-athlete you know who has demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship, integrity, and ethics. If you have any questions about the award or the nomination process, please contact Courtney Brunetz (cbrunetz@tssaa.org).

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