Josie Lord '20 Named MaxPreps Semper Fidelis Student-Athlete of the Month
Junior Josie Lord was named the November female student-athlete for the Second Annual MaxPreps Semper Fidelis High School Athlete of the Month Award, presented by the United States Marine Corps. Lord is a pitcher on the Golden Lion softball team.
“MaxPreps congratulates Josie Lord on being named High School Athlete of the Month,” said Andy Beal, Founder and President of MaxPreps. "High school sports are designed to build character, foster teamwork and a competitive spirit in our nation's young people. The MaxPreps Semper Fidelis High School Athlete of the Month represents those outstanding qualities that make not just great athletes, but more importantly fine citizens. MaxPreps is proud to honor these fine student-athletes in collaboration with the United States Marine Corps.”
“She exemplifies the word, ‘softball.’ When you think of softball you think of Josie Lord She just loves the sport,” said St. Pius X Catholic High School softball coach Amie McDougal.
Over the course of her softball career, Lord has been named to the All-Region 8AAAA Freshman, Sophomore and Junior teams while being tabbed the SPX MVP for softball. Most recently, Lord competed for the USA Impact Softball team while abroad in the 2019 Netherlands Cup, an international softball tournament featuring teams from around the world.
Staff Sergeant Rakim Means of the Atlanta United States Marine Corps recruiting station presented Lord with the MaxPreps Semper Fidelis Athlete of the Month lettermen jacket and invitation kit to the Battles Won Academy on Monday during a school assembly
Former Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons player, Brian Jordan, helped present the award to Lord. “I was one to overcome an obstacle in my life to continue my dreams and to see Josie on that same path with similar experiences is really special. I wish her well.”
As a celebration of her success, Lord will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend the four-day Battles Won Academy, held in Washington, D.C. in July 2019.
MaxPreps picks one female and one male athlete each month to be named with the honor of High School Athlete of the Month, presented by the United States Marines Corps. MaxPreps sends out emails to all members of their site about nominating an athlete for the award. There are also links on MaxPreps.com for anyone looking to nominate a deserving athlete for this award. A coach, parent, peer, or teacher may submit nominations. MaxPreps then selects the most well rounded athletes that match the qualities that are also found in the United States Marines Corps, such as bravery, dedication, perseverance, personal sacrifice for others and being a positive influence in one’s community.