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South Granville H.S. Student-Athlete Wins Extra Effort Award

Posted April 30, 2001 8:57 a.m. EDT

— South Granville High School's Johnny Overton is considered by many to be an all-around student-athlete.

Overton is an all-conference basketball player, who also plays first base on the Vikings' baseball team.

"He is a tremendous defensive player for us. He plays first base, and he makes play after play for us," says baseball coach Ken May. "He's hitting close to .300, and with his leadership on the field and in the dugout, he is an all-around student-athlete."

Scholastically, Overton ranks No. 1 in the senior class. He also has a SAT score of over 1500.

Paul Ossman, a teacher at South Granville High School, says Overton is a very solid person.

"He is very consistent and excels beyond anything I can expect," he says. "He is just an exceptional, young man, and he does it so very humbly."

Overton says he always works hard to finish his assignments on time and keep his grades up, despite having a busy schedule.

"Sometimes, it can be tough when we are practicing or playing every single day. I just budget my time to get everything in," he says. "I give my best for everything. I never want to give less than my best. I want to be the best I can be."

Johnny Overton is this week's winner of the Extra Effort Award.

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