Zion Perry, a multi-sport athlete and a catalyst in the Lincoln High School boys’ run to the Class A state track and field championship, is the 26th recipient of the John P. Perkins Memorial Award, the Lincoln Downtown Athletic Club announced at a June 1 awards luncheon.
Perry, one of nine nominees, received a trophy and $1,500 scholarship. The other two finalists for the award, Caelyn Christiancy of Lincoln Southwest High School and Rachel Weber of Lincoln East High School each received a $1,000 scholarship. The Perkins Award scholarships have been funded by U.S. Bank throughout the award’s 26-year history.
Perry, who also excelled as a football wide receiver and a basketball guard, was in Kearney preparing to play in the Shrine Bowl football game and was unable to attend the luncheon. As a member of the Shrine Bowl’s North squad, the Super-State wide receiver had three receptions for 48 yards.
Perry made the Journal Star’s All-City track and field team. He placed in two state-meet individual events (2nd in the 100 meters, third in the 200) and two state-meet relays (4th in both the 400 meters and 1,600 meters).
Perry earned four letters in track, three in football and one in basketball at Lincoln High. He will enroll this fall as a student-athlete at Central Missouri State.
Caelyn Christiancy is also a multi-sport athlete who contributed heavily to her team’s Class A state track and field championship. She earned Journal Star All-City track and field honors in four events and was named honorary captain of the All-City team. She won the state meet’s 100- and 300-meter hurdle races, ran on the Silverhawks’ state champion 1,600-meter relay team, and earned a total of nine career state-meet medals in track. Christiancy also set four school records in softball and played basketball at Lincoln Southwest. She earned a 4.32 GPA at LSW and will attend and play softball at South Dakota State University.
Rachel Weber earned two letters in track, three in basketball and four in softball at East High. The 6-foot-1 shortstop/center fielder earned first team Super-State softball honors from the Journal Star. She will enroll at Missouri State University this fall.
Earlier this year, Christiancy and Weber were named the two Star City Sports Youth Athlete of the Year winners at the annual Girls & Women in Sports & Fitness banquet.
The Perkins Award honors the memory of John P. Perkins, a former member and president of the Cosmopolitan Club of Lincoln, the predecessor of the Lincoln Downtown Athletic Club. Other nominees for the award were: Aaron Haeffner, Lincoln Northeast; Sydney Sehlec, Lincoln North Star; Madison Renn and Fidan Ibrahimova, Lincoln Southeast; Carson Fischer, Lincoln Southwest; and Chloe Dworak, Lincoln Christian.
Alaina Lacy, a student at Lincoln Southwest, received two awards presented in memory of Byron Boslau: the Special Olympics Unified Partner of the Year, presented by Mark Walz, president and CEO of Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, and the YMCA Character Counts award, presented by Barb Bettin, president and CEO of the Lincoln YMCA.
Trev Alberts, director of athletics at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a former Husker football standout, was guest speaker for the luncheon.