HHS Herfurth Nance NCHSAA Award (HPS)

Hickory's Amy Herfurth (left) and Ryan Nance (right) were two of 31 student-athletes in the state to be recognized with the NCHSAA's "Heart of a Champion" award. Photo courtesy of Hickory Public Schools

Hickory High School student-athletes Amy Herfurth and Ryan Nance were recently honored at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s “Heart of a Champion” award luncheon in Chapel Hill, according to a press release from Hickory Public Schools.

Herfurth and Nance were selected by the NCHSAA for demonstrating outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship during their high school careers. Both were nominated by Hickory athletic director David Craft.

“We are honored to pause and recognize the entire group of 31 student-athletes that have consistently demonstrated the values and traits that we hope all student athletes learn through our programs,” NCHSAA commissioner Que Tucker said via the release. “This group of award winners is to be commended for their commitment to excellence in sportsmanship and citizenship.”

Herfurth has participated in multiple sports during her Hickory career, including tennis, swimming and soccer. She plans to attend UNC in the fall and is currently undecided on a major but is interested in nursing.

“I have loved all my time at Hickory High participating in athletics,” Herfurth said via the release. “I have made memories I will cherish forever and friends I will never forget. Some highlights have been beating Watauga in tennis my freshmen year in the third game of doubles to win the conference title and again beating them in soccer 5-0 this past week. I also will never forget (swimming coach) Cathy Hitchcock putting me in some tough events in swim and telling me to go try my best and do it for the team.”

Nance has been an active runner on the school’s track team. He will attend CVCC this fall and study visual arts.

“Track has let me excel as an individual while still being part of a team,” he said via the release. “I have also been a part of some relay teams. It's good to learn to work together – timing the handoffs just right and working as hard as we can for one another.”

Both athletes received a plaque at the ceremony.

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