Members of the Norlina High School Athletic Committee on May 30 awarded the Coach Bob Price Memorial Scholarship to 2019 Warren County High School graduate Cornelius “C.J.” Davis.
The presentation came during a ceremony in front of the former Norlina High School. The committee awards a $500 scholarship annually to a graduating senior athlete at WCHS, Warren Early College High School or Warren New Tech High School.
The committee sponsors the scholarship in memory of Bob Price, who served at Norlina High School from 1952-1982. A history and civics teacher, he coached football, baseball, and men’s and women’s basketball.
Committee representative Tom Traylor described Davis as a leader and example for other students at WCHS, and a humble young man.
A versatile athlete, Davis has received All Conference honors in football and baseball. This year, he was named the Bob Price Male Athlete of the Year at Warren County High School’s athletic banquet. Davis also took varsity baseball Best Defensive Player and varsity football Most Valuable Player awards.
Davis will attend North Carolina Central University in Durham in the fall and plans to major in Criminal Justice. With safety as a top priority and love of helping his community, Davis plans to become a U.S. marshal.
In his scholarship application essay, he said that athletics, academics, leadership and character are interconnected in helping students learn responsibility and mature as individuals, preparing them for adulthood.
As captain of the baseball team during his senior year, he strived to set an example for his teammates, Davis wrote. He added that it is better in life to be a leader in one’s own way than to be a follower, because followers face the danger of following the wrong crowd.
Davis also described the importance of character and education in molding one’s future.
“In life, you want to be the most positive person that you can be because if you treat people with respect, you will earn respect,” he wrote. “An education is something that is very important to have in life so that you can create a better life for yourself in the future.”
With these characteristics in mind, Traylor said that Davis embodies the type of student-athlete that Price loved to coach.
“Coach Price would have gravitated toward him,” Traylor said.