In May, Upson-Lee High School senior Chris Moroz brought national attention to Thomaston by becoming the first student from Upson-Lee to be chosen one of 25 national winners of the 15th annual “Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year” (SAMMY 2012) Award Program. Chris was selected from a pool of more than 30,000 applicants and represents a three-state area (Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina).
Now Thomaston and Upson County, along with the rest of the three-state area and the nation, have a chance to help Chris earn the title of SAMMY MVP and earn a $5,000 donation to the charity of his choice. From Monday, June 4 through Thursday, June 28, people can go online at www. Sammymvp.com and vote for their favorite SAMMY 2012 winner. The student with the most votes will be named MVP and his or her favorite charity will receive $5,000. Chris has chosen the Make A Wish Foundation as his charity.
Sponsored by the Milk Processor Education Program and USA TODAY, SAMMY 2012 winners were chosen based on five criteria: academic performance, athletic excellence, leadership, community service, and the milk experience essay.
As a winner, Chris received a $7,500 college scholarship, an invitation to attend the SAMMY 2012 weekend at the Disney World Complex in Orlando, FL, scheduled for June 29 - July 1, 2012, and the opportunity to be pictured in a special congratulatory Milk Mustache ad in a June 2012 edition of USA TODAY. Chris graduated with honors from Upson-Lee on May 25.
Chris is the son of Mike and Sharon Moroz of Thomaston. At Upson-Lee, Chris was the Cadet Commander of the ULHS NJROTC Unit, and has accepted an offer to attend the United States Air Force Academy. Ironically, said Mike Moroz, that acceptance means his son can’t attend the SAMMY 2012 weekend in Orlando June 29-July 1.
“Chris reports to basic training at the Air Force Academy the day before,” Mr. Moroz said. “So he is going to have his first military obligation that takes precedence over a fun thing to do. Chris can’t go, but we still want to get out the word for people to vote. We want Upson County and Thomaston to log online and vote for him. We want people to remember that there is more to this than just the award.”
To vote for Chris Moroz, beginning June 4, go to www.sammymvp.com. There will be photos and bios of all 25 winners. Look for Chris’ photo and bio and cast your vote for him. Everyone can vote once a day, every day.