The Eagle Awards are given out each year at the Athletic Awards Ceremony to recognize the most outstanding male and female student-athletes during the past year at Hinds Community College.
Those who are honored with this prestigious award are chosen based on their sports achievements, academic accomplishments, as well as their leadership, sportsmanship, and community involvement.
The 2019 Lady Eagle Award was earned by Hanna Mitchell(Florence). Hanna is a dedicated student-athlete that has been a valuable part of the softball program here at Hinds. On the field, Hanna leads by example. She works hard and pushes her teammates to do the same.
Hanna has hit in the leadoff spot and played centerfield for the Lady Eagles for the last two seasons. Last year as a freshman, she finished with a .304 batting average and stole 13 bases. This season she currently has a .338 batting average and has 29 stolen bases which ranks 18th in the country.
Hanna is just as impressive in the classroom. She has a 3.6 grade point average and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Who’s Who, and is a Dean’s Scholar.
Hanna will graduate from Hinds this spring with a degree in General Studies and plans to pursue a degree in radiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
The 2019 Eagle Award was earned by Joshua Banes (Learned). As a star player for the Hinds baseball program, Josh exemplifies what it means to be a Hinds Community College Student-Athlete. He has a servant heart and is a model for success for his community, college, and teammates.
Josh has been a workhorse on the mound for two years. In his career at Hinds, Josh has pitched in 30 games, thrown over 80 innings, and has racked up eight wins and one save for the Eagle baseball team. Last season, he helped lead the Eagles to their second straight regional appearance. This season he currently sports a 2.70 Earned Run Average and hopes to lead his team back to the playoffs.
While his success on the field has been impressive, Josh may be even more impressive off the field. In the classroom, Josh boasts a 3.93 Grade Point Average, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He has earned both Dean’s list and President’s list honors while at Hinds.
He is also very active in the community, as he has volunteered his time to serve the charity “Horses for Handicap” and has helped raise money for the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.
After Josh graduates from Hinds in May, he will attend Northwestern State University (NCAA D1) in Natchitoches, Louisiana on a baseball and academic scholarship where he plans to major in Business Management.