Senior Justin Zhang is a nominee for the Gene "Pappy" Thompson Award for Excellence.

Senior, Justin Zhang, is one of 33 nominees for the Gene "Pappy" Thompson Award for Excellence.  According to the Bristol Herald Courier, "The Gene “Pappy” Thompson Award for Excellence originated in 1982 to recognize an area high school student-athlete who exhibits exemplary athletic skills, but who also excels in the classroom and who gives of his or her time performing community service...

High schools in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia were invited to nominate one senior for the award.

From this list five finalists will be selected and profiled beginning Monday, May 17. And, from those five, one will be selected as the 2021 winner." Source: Bristol Herald Courier