Molly Awards presented
May 5, 2017
Douglas High School seniors Hannah Mora, Taryn Allmett and Madelyn Landerfelt were announced as the three George and Josie Graham Memorial Scholarship recipients on Monday night during the 13th annual Molly Youth Awards ceremony held at the Carson Valley Inn.
Each year Me-for Incredible-Youth Inc. (MEFIYI) recognizes outstanding achievements of Douglas County student-athletes for their academic achievement, athletic participation and community service.
Allmett played three varsity volleyball seasons for Douglas teams that won a region title in 2014 and finished as the runner-up in 2016,Mora played two varsity soccer seasons and earned all-league recognition last fall, while Landerfelt was a three-time region singles runner-up in tennis.
The memorial scholarships are worth $1,000 to the seniors.
Furthermore, 40 other Douglas County student/athletes were recognized as Molly Award winners: Cheyenne Williams, Carson Valley Middle School, Cade Pankey, Douglas High, Carly Howe DHS, Max Smith, CVMS, Gianna Zinke, Gardnerville Elementary, Ajay Schwartz, CVMS, Mackenzie Brixey, DHS, Isabella Flynn, CVMS, Scott Harrison, George Whittell High, Carissa Bilderback, CVMS, Annie Hill, GES, Jack Smith, DHS, Camden Jahreis, GES, Ariana Bilderback, DHS, Brooklyn Galliett, CVMS, Seth Marcyes, ASPIRE Academy, Fiona Mora, CVMS, Angelina Stetler, Whittell, Faith Strabala, GES, Desiree Lehrke, DHS, Hannah Sizelove, DHS, Ruby Jacobsen, CVMS, Davianna Morris, DHS, Justin Hight, DHS, Dulce Franco, Minden Elementary, Joscelyn Reid, Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, Maverick Duffy, DHS, Sydney Clark, DHS, Sean Dunkelman, DHS, Devi Schwartz, DHS, Alexandra DeMaranville, DHS, Jake Houghton, DHS, Leah Schemenauer, DHS, Haydn Brown, DHS, Bethany Lundberg, CVMS, Jordan Smith, DHS, Reagan Roberson, DHS.
The Molly Youth Awards are held in memory of and to celebrate the life of Douglas High student-athlete Molly Lahlum.
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MEFIYI was started in 1997 by JoJo and Suzi Townsell. Suzi Townsell currently serves as the head volleyball coach at Douglas High School, where she also played as a setter for the Tigers' 1983 state championship team.
JoJo Townsell is a Hug High graduate who played football at UCLA, then for the USFL Los Angeles Express and then the NFL New York Jets. He is now an assistant coach for the Douglas volleyball and tennis programs.
Suzi's father, George Graham, was a coach at Pershing County High in Lovelock and eventually became superintendent of Douglas County schools, and her mother, Josie Graham, was a long-time educator in Douglas County and head coach of that 1983 state championship volleyball team.