Following a four-year, multi-sport career at Franklin High School (FHS), senior Avery Moffitt picked the University of North Georgia as her college of choice. She and her family, along with the usual cadre of FHS teachers, coaches, and students, participated in a scholarship signing ceremony, Friday, Dec. 1, in the Panther Den.
Her pick is one that will offer Moffitt a chance to be part of a successful program. The Nighthawks won the NCAA Division II National Championship last spring, which was their second overall championship.
Numerous people spoke on Moffitt’s behalf at the ceremony, demonstrating the impact she has had while attending FHS and playing volleyball, basketball, and softball.
“I truly believe she never quits working on her goals … the role her parents and family play has had a huge impact on her and our community,” said Bekah Brooks, women’s varsity volleyball and junior varsity basketball head coach.
FHS softball coach, Bobby Bishop, remembered Moffitt saying to him, “Whatever you need me to do coach, I’ll do.” Bishop added, “If everybody did that, it would be a lot easier [to be a coach]. She is a good Christian young lady and that means a whole lot to me.”
Women’s varsity basketball coach, Scott Hartbarger, shared about Moffitt’s contributions and character over the years. “The number 6 [softball] jersey that hangs out here is your mom’s (Penny). To be a kid playing underneath that type of shadow, but to forge your own path, to find your own way; I think it was last year you knew what you wanted to do and you turned that dial up and went and got it. I couldn’t be prouder of you.”
Moffitt’s father, Justin, thanked many people for their support – both for attending that day and over the years leading up to it.
“Thank you to our administration, all the teachers and coaches for your support … I want to say a special ‘thank you’ to Coach Troy [Cousineau, assistant softball coach at North Georgia].”
He also applauded efforts put forth by so many, including FHS Principal Blair King, to whom he said, “You’ve done so much for us and our family and we are forever grateful.”
He envisioned the road ahead for his daughter.
“She’s got some work to do and she’s embraced that. We’re super excited, just for the opportunity.”
Moffitt admitted she did not believe she would play softball at the collegiate level.
“Dad pushed me to be the person I am today. Dad is a big factor as to why I’m playing college softball at all. And the rest of my family definitely has been my biggest support system.”
Moffitt will play her last seasons of both basketball and softball at FHS before she graduates in the spring.