BKB Honors for Matthews and Fox
PC seniors Ayanna Matthews and Hannah Fox recently won regional and national recognition for their achievements on the basketball court and in the classroom.
Ayanna and Hannah (at left) have been awarded the Markward Award, one of the most prestigious basketball honors for a high school athlete in Philadelphia. They will be honored at the Markward Basketball Club dinner on Jan. 13. The Markward Basketball Club has given awards since 1947, first only to boys and later adding girls and athletes from suburban schools. Today, the club honors athletes from the Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac Leagues, and the Philadelphia suburbs several times each year. The last PC athlete to receive the Markward Award was Sean O’Brien in 2014.
In addition, Ayanna and Hannah have been nominated for the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games. Coaches and the media nominate up to 800 basketball players from around the country annually and a small group is selected to play in the Games. Ayanna and Hannah are two of 15 girls nominated from Pennsylvania. If selected for the team, the girls will play at the games in Chicago on March 30. This year is the 16th anniversary of the McDonald’s girls games and proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Both girls have played excellent basketball during their tenure at Penn Charter; both played varsity basketball as eighth graders and scored their 1,000th point as juniors. As that feat would suggest, they both consistently put up double-digits in games. Fox and Matthews are also stellar students. Hannah will play basketball next year for Amherst College and Ayanna is currently undecided.
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