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Dana Smith
Dana Smith
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West Caldwell’s Smith Earns NCHSAA Eight Who Make A Difference Award

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced its “Homer Thompson Memorial Eight Who Make A Difference” award.

The award is named in honor of the late Homer Thompson, the long-time Winston-Salem Parkland coach and member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame; individuals are nominated for exemplary sportsmanship and leadership. The award is presented by The North Carolina Farm Bureau.

The recipients of the “Homer Thompson Memorial Eight Who Make A Difference” have been selected by virtue of their commitment to sportsmanship and leadership. Just like the late Coach Homer Thompson, recipients serve as excellent role models to our student-athletes with their positive and dedicated approach to education-based athletics.

In Region 7, Dana Smith of West Caldwell High School earned the award. Smith exemplifies the characteristics of good sportsmanship on and off the field and has always been a positive role model for student-athletes. Smith teaches Physical Education and Weight Training and is the Head Track coach at West Caldwell High School. Over the past two years, he has had to overcome adversity both in his personal life and at school. Despite his personal tragedy, he continued to hold student-athletes accountable for their actions. Smith is the perfect example of a high school coach who shows good sportsmanship consistently and is always a positive role model for student-athletes.