Burson named Mental Attitude Award recipient
Following the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A State final game Saturday between North Harrison and Heritage Christian, North Harrison senior Carlie Burson was called to the stage to receive the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The award is presented annually to a senior participant in each classification who was nominated by her principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.
Burson becomes the second athlete from North Harrison to receive a mental attitude award at the state final. She joins former cross country runner Ryan Byrne, a 2004-05 recipient.
‘She’s an outstanding young lady,’ North Harrison coach Missy Voyles said.
On the court, Burson scored 10 points and had five rebounds in a 51-45 loss to Heritage Christian in the state final. During the season, she averaged 8.7 points and 3.6 rebounds.
‘She became a little more vocal as the season went on, trying to be more of a leader on the court,’ Voyles said of Burson.
Off the court and in the classroom, Burson is ranked seventh in her class with a 4.0 grade-point average. She serves as the senior class secretary along with being a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. Volunteer work includes working with Toys for Tots, Harrison County Fair, Cougars for a Cure and Breast Cancer Awareness programs.
‘Carlie is an outstanding young woman on and off the basketball court and in the classroom,’ Voyles said. ‘She is a leader. She’s really good leading by example.’
Burson is the daughter of Mark and Jo Ann Burson of New Salisbury, who joined her on stage (as did her younger brother, Cory), and plans to major in athletic training at either Franklin College or Hanover College.
During a television interview, Burson said of the experience, ‘It’s unbelievable, and I’m really glad I got the chance to be a part of this team with these girls.’
Locally, Burson is the third girls’ basketball player to accept the Mental Attitude Award. The others were Corydon Central’s Dana Beaven (2004-05) and South Central’s Sarah Pease (2005-06).
In the fall, Burson became a member of the 1,000-kills club as a member of the Lady Cats’ volleyball team.
The Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers, the presenting sponsor of the IHSAA Girls’ Basketball State Tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to North Harrison High School in the name of Carlie Burson. Since 1989, more than $840,000 in college scholarships have been presented to deserving high school athletes in Indiana.
The award is named in honor of the former IHSAA assistant commissioner Patricia L. Roy, who oversaw the girls’ basketball state tournament from its inception in 1976 until her retirement in 1999.