CHARLOTTE – The Carolina Panthers will honor a Hickory High championship swimmer at their game on Dec. 10.
Anna Durak, a senior at HHS, will receive the 2017 Carolina Panthers Community Captain Award, a press release from the Hickory Public Schools (HPS) said.
Durak has won a state championship in swimming in each of her previous three seasons. She swims the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly, and her final swim season for the Red Tornadoes began earlier this month.
The Panthers’ program honors outstanding student-athletes who excel in the classroom and in the community. As part of the program, the HHS athletic department will receive a $500 donation in honor of Durak.
David Craft, athletic director at HHS, nominated Durak for the award, the press release said.
“She is both a leader in the classroom and in the pool,” Craft said in the press release. “We are excited for Anna to be recognized by the Carolina Panthers and we are very proud of her accomplishments.”
Durak and her guests will attend the Panthers game on Dec. 10 against the Minnesota Vikings at at Bank of America Stadium. She received a personal invitation from Carolina head coach Ron Rivera, the press release said, and she will receive her award during a special presentation.
Durak served as a Junior Marshal at HHS’ 2017 graduation.
A member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Honor Societies for English and Science, Durak commits to community service through her membership in these organizations.
She has been swimming since age 5 and is coached by Cathy Hitchcock at HHS and Jon Jolley at the Hickory YMCA.