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2012 Finley Award Winners

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(HCS) - Thursday, March 15, 2012 marks the 17th Annual Finley Awards Banquet.  This banquet honors students and staff of outstanding character, in the spirit of long-time W.A. Berry High School football coach Robert Finley.  In addition to grade-level character award winners, a graduating senior from each high school and a staff member will be presented with Finley Awards.  This year's honorees include:

Lucy Rice/Spain Park High School (HCS Staff Winner)

Lucy Rice is one of those teachers known for teaching beyond the “normal” school hours. She can be found helping students late in the afternoon or even on weekends. As a ninth grade English teacher, she’s always interested in helping students master the art of written and spoken words. That said, students always have positive things to say about Lucy – ranging from “caring” to “inspiring”. Over the course of her day, Lucy sees upwards of 70 students. The Birmingham native joined Hoover City Schools in 2009, having previously taught in Shelby County Schools (Chelsea High School/Oak Mountain High School). Lucy is an alumnus of the University of Montevallo. She and her husband Bill have two sons. They are active members of the Church at Brook Hills and frequently volunteer with the Boy Scouts. Outside of work, Lucy enjoys family time and travelling.

Matt McCay/Hoover High School

Matthew McCay can best be described as that “all-around student”. From athletics to academics, Matthew or “Matt” as he’s known to friends, has accomplished it all. He’s achieved an amazing 4.14 GPA taking numerous advanced-placement (AP) courses. Throughout his high school career, Matt has captured numerous awards for his leadership positions on Hoover’s football and baseball teams. He’s also found time to serve as an Ambassador, Peer Helper and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Matt participates in numerous missions and community outreach efforts with Shades Crest Baptist Church. As his nominator framed it, “[Matt] is a strong competitor [who exhibits] class, sportsmanship and character.” This fall, Matt plans to attend the University of Alabama with a major in chemical engineering followed by medical school. Matt is the son of Jim and Michele McCay.

Catherine Ritchey/Spain Park High School

For Catherine Ritchey, fitting in has never been a problem. After all, she’s one of 10 children. Growing up in such a family has taught her the values of sharing, friendship, responsibility and of course, character. Those values have served her well in Hoover City Schools, helping her become a Spain Park senior who is plugged in at all levels. In addition to a challenging academic load which has yielded her an impressive 4.3 GPA, Catherine is a member of the Spain Park Concert and Chamber Choirs. She is also a pivotal member of the Spain Park Engineering Academy. Beyond school, she finds time to volunteer with events at St. Symeon Orthodox Church and Relay for Life of Hoover. One of Catherine’s nominators said, “I believe wholeheartedly that (Catherine) is destined to accomplish a great deal in this world.” This fall, Catherine plans to enter the University of Alabama at Birmingham – pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. Catherine is the daughter of Christopher and Dunia Ritchey.

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