Adrienne Ivey wins Chris Canning Award of Excellence

June 30, 2012, 7:16 p.m. (ET)

Adrienne Ivey wins Chris Canning Award of Excellence

Adrienne Ivey (Ashburn, Va.) was named the recipient of the 8th Annual Chris Canning Award of Excellence and its accompanying $1,000 scholarship on June 30 at the USA Taekwondo National Championships in Dallas, Texas.

A list of Adrienne Ivey's accomplishments...

Martial Arts Accomplishments include

* 1st Degree Black Belt, competing for 7 years, winning 7 state, 6 national and 4 international titles

* USAT All American

* Competed as a member of the Jr. National Team, Youth Olympic Games Team, Jr. World Team,  winning a total of 5 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze in those international competitions

* Best Fighting Spirit Award at 2009 Jr. Olympics


Achievements outside of the martial arts included

* High Honors student with a straight A  average

* Inducted into Center for Talented Youth for John Hopkins University, AP Scholar with Honor


* Member of National Honor Society with a commitment to community service.

* As a Girl Scout, Adrienne has helped the homeless and disadvantaged, volunteering at the senior center, library, & youth sporting events, Relay for Life,  Member of Youth Advisory Council, the BSU Outreach Committee and Camp Counselor

* Played varsity soccer for her school and lettered all 3 years

The Chris Canning Award of Excellence was adopted in honor and tribute to Christopher James Canning, an accomplished martial artist, who died accidentally in June of 2001, at the age of 15. Chris was an honor student, a star athlete for his school in football, basketball, and baseball, a classical pianist, worked at an animal shelter, and helped the homeless and needy. In just four years as a martial artist, he earned his first degree black belt in Taekwondo, was a member of 11 state teams, won over 30 medals at the national and state level including 15 state and three national titles, was an AAU All American, member of the U.S. Elite team training at the Olympic Training Center, invited to the U.S. Gold Team training and was a five-time athlete of the week and Illinois' USNTF athlete and student of the year.

The Chris Canning Award of Excellence is presented to the one martial artist who most exhibits what Chris represented and achieved. He or she has excelled academically, has gained national and international acclaim as a martial arts competitor, given back to the community they live in and demonstrated the same personal attributes as the awards namesake.

The other finalists for this year's award were Zachery Budde (Maple Grove, Minn.), Aziza Chambers (Springfield, Ohio) and Gregory English (Chicago, Ill.).

Past winners of the Chris Canning Award of Excellence

Haley Kong (2011)
Olie Burton (2010)
•Matt Dunlap (2009)
•Paige McPherson (2008)
•Jermaine James (2007)
•Maia Eubanks (2006)
•Aimee Callison (2005)