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Clover Garden’s Brielle Brown picked for NCHSAA award

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Brielle Brown of Clover Garden became a distance runner almost by accident, but she made those hours logging extra miles pay off.

Brown, who graduated from the charter school in May, was presented a Charlie Adams endowed scholarship from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

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“I tried out for volleyball my sixth-grade year and didn’t make it and was the manager,” Brown said. “But I wanted to be more active.”

Cross country fit that description, excelling as four-year captain for the Grizzlies and a four-time regional qualifier and one-time participant in the state meet. She also became a multi-time all-conference selection in girls’ soccer and participated for the girls’ basketball team, which won the Central Tar Heel 1-A Conference Tournament this past season.

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“She has been involved in everything,” Clover Garden athletics director Taylor Paschal said. “Especially with this scholarship, they look for more if they have good sportsmanship and if they’re a good leader. She’s just one of a kind.”

Brown, 17, is believed to be the first Clover Garden recipient of a NCHSAA state-wide award. This year’s other recipients of the Charlie Adams endowed scholarships are Thomas Brann from Greenville Conley, Matthew Foil from Lumberton, and Ragan Speer from Elkin.

Brown, who lives in Burlington and is the daughter of Marsha Slade, had been at Clover Garden since she was a first grader. She said she was encouraged by Paschal to apply for the scholarship.

Brown’s other school activities included president of student council, a Junior Civitan and a member of the Mentorship Club, DREAM Team, Beta Club, and National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and major in biology. She also held an after-school role assisting with younger students.

“There’s time for everything,” said Brown, also a member of the NCHSAA student-athlete advisory council. “With my schedule, I don’t know how.”

Brown said she’s hoping her future includes time with UNC cheerleading as she already has been connected to that tryout process. She has been involved in competitive cheerleading for several years with different clubs in the state.

Clover Garden doesn’t have cheerleaders, but Brown took part in the school’s dance ensemble. She’s planning to work this summer with the Alamance County Family YMCA camps.

The scholarship awards are given in honor of the long-time NCHSAA executive director. Adams retired in January 2010 and died in 2017. Awards go to male wrestlers (in memory of Adams’ son) and female cross country runners (in honor of Adams’ daughter). The grants are each for $2,500.


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