Two students from Hamilton Heights Christian Academy have been recognized as elite athletes and picked to play in a McDonald’s All-American game.
Area students Jazmine Massengill and Elizabeth Balogun will represent their school in a March 28 game at Phillips Arena in Atlanta as part of the 2018 McDonald’s All American girls team.
Local McDonald’s owner/operator Art Holekamp helped honor the players last week and said it’s unique for two students from the same school to make the team.
“There are only about 50 students at the Hamilton Heritage Christian school,” he said. “It’s kind of unusual that that small of a school would produce two winners.”
Massengill, who has committed to play at the University of Tennessee, and Balogun, who is headed to play ball at Georgia Tech, will be opponents in the matchup.
Selection to the McDonald’s All-American team is an honor that recognizes players for excellence both on and off the court, officials said.
“They have to have been playing for four years and have established a strong academic performance, as well as a strong sports performance,” Holekamp said. “They have been recognized on a local level as being leaders in their school and communities and so forth.”
The McDonald’s All-American games have been around for 41 years. They started out only having two men’s teams and expanded to include two women’s rosters 18 years ago.
Massengill and Balogun have led the HHCA Hawks to a 19–2 record and a top 10 spot in the Super 25 girls’ basketball rankings.
Kyle Yager is a contributing writer. He currently attends UTC, where he is the sports editor for the student newspaper, The University Echo. He has also worked as a scouting intern for the UTC football team and currently works as a runner at Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison PC. Kyle intends to attend law school in the fall. You can reach Kyle at [email protected].
Updated @ 4:28 p.m. on 2/13/18 to correct a factual error: Art’s last name is Holekamp, not Williams, as originally reported.