Varner named FCA Male Athlete of the Year

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Cassville senior Payton Varner was named the Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA) Male Athlete of the Year for the region. Varner is involved in many activities at school and in the community. Shown in the photo, from left, are: Brian Mitchell, south central FCA representative; Anthony Robles, NCAA champion wrestler; Varner; andKevin Hutcheson, Branson Chick-Fil-A operator and FCA board member. Contributed photo

Payton Varner was named the Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA) Male Athlete of the Year for the region.

One male and one female is selected to receive this honor in the surrounding 46 school districts. In addition to being recognized at the FCA Regional Banquet, Varner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Varner is a senior at Cassville High School and will attend Crowder College in the fall where he will study education. He aspires to teach history and coach once he has earned his college degree.

Ive been involved with FCA since seventh grade, said Varner. It has been a huge part of my Christian life as Ive progressed throughout school. Its made me step out of my comfort zone, learn to persevere, taught me how to get up early and go to Bible study and this club shows the school that you are daring to be different.

Cassville High School FCA is led by club sponsor Tina Mills.

Varner is the president of FCA, volunteers at the Herschend Tree Farm, member of the A+ Program, FBLA, FFA, Interact Club- Treasurer, Youth Advisory Board, NHS Leadership candle/officer, Academic Letter all four years, FFA Chapter Degree, Mr. Merry Christmas King, Elks Lodge Student of the Quarter recipient, State Farm Student of the Month, FFA Contest Team, Honor Roll, Rotary Camp for Leadership RYLA, Basketball summer camp (two years), has helped K-6, Coached Little League Baseball, Concession Stand for Demolition Derby, Rodeo, Bull Buckout, Tractor Pulls, Speaker at Rotary Club, PAT Volunteer for Fall Festival, NHS Blood Drive and does morning announcements for CHS student body daily.

Varner is the son of Tonya and Terrell Varner of Cassville.

Freedom Bank and Exeter Assembly of God provided a sponsorship that paid for a portion of the fees for FCA members to attend the banquet.