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2018 Salem Athletic Hall of Fame
Posted on 02/02/2018
2018 Salem Athletic Hall of Fame group photoSalem High School (SHS) honored seven former SHS student-athletes/coaches with the 2018 Salem Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony held January 26, 2018, at Salem High School, Conyers, Ga.

These Salem Seminole alumni will have their portrait and banner added to the wall of athletic luminaries from previous classes of the Salem Athletic Hall of Fame.

This year's class honored the following:

Brandy Parker Kinsey (soccer, Class of 1996), starting SHS goalie for four years, GHSA State All-Star game goalie, University of Georgia, Class of 2000.

Sam Watts (football, Class of 2009), named All-State, played for Mississippi State University, Class of 2012; works at MSU.

Caitlin Smith Lawson
(soccer, Class of 2006), Area Defensive Player of the Year and Co-Captain at state All Star game; played four years at Georgia State University.

Rachel Lamb Cox (soccer, Class of 2006), Georgia Student Athlete of the Year; played at Presbyterian College, first team All-Conference, co-MVP.

Alyxandra Pinkston Paige (track and field, Class of 2010), Most Valuable Sprinter, National Honor Society; ran track for Austin Peay University and Kennesaw State University.

Jaleen Thomas
(basketball, Class of 2010), two sub-region championships; played 99 games for Central Connecticut University, co-captain. 

Coach John Starr (football and track and field), SHS Head Football Coach and Track Coach for six  years, 2014 State Playoff berth and several state track championships, two-time Rockdale County Inspiring Teacher Award winner, co-founder of Salem Athletic Hall of Fame. In his coaching career, he won a football state championship, multiple state track champions and coached 10 All-Star games.

Pictured below: Back row, left to right - John Starr II (presenter), Melvin Pinkston (presenter), Jaqueline Thomas (presenter), SHS Athletic Director Darren Wilkins, Rockdale County Board of Education Chairman and former SHS Athletic Director Jim McBrayer, SHS Coach Rochone Dilligard, Heather Richardson (presenter), Daniel Thomas (presenter). Front row, left to right - Coach John Starr, Jaleen Thomas, Rachel Lam Cox, Sara Pinkston (representing her sister Alyxandra Pinkston Paige), Caitlin Smith Lawson, Brandy Parker Kinsey, Sam Watts, Arthur Hawkins (presenter).

2018 Salem Athletic Hall of Fame group

Click here for the 2016 Salem Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees